Friday, December 2, 2022
Alumni Panel: Kristen Bush, Rhys Davis
Kristen Bush is an Engineer/Scientist I on the Electric Transportation team at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). She currently assists with various projects with research topics including transportation equity, infrastructure design, and inventories related to medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles.
Prior to joining EPRI, Bush completed her M.S. in Energy Systems and conducted research through the Energy Graduate Group. There she completed her thesis titled, “Examining Perceptions and Priorities of Heavy-Duty Transportation Electrification Projects: How Considerations of Justice Can Improve Project Implementation in Environmental Justice Communities.” Bush also interned at the California ISO as a Market and Infrastructure Policy Intern where she developed code and used programming to understand the liquidity of bilateral transactions within the region of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC).
Having participated in projects related to energy access, clean transportation, equity, and energy justice, she hopes to contribute to similar efforts throughout her career.
Rhys Davis is a technical consultant specializing in codes and standards with Resource Refocus, a small energy and building science consulting firm. He is currently developing climate-aligned building codes as well as researching low carbon building design in New York state. As an EGG student at UC Davis, he worked with SMUD to model the grid, carbon, and occupant impacts of multifamily building electrification retrofits. He also worked with the UCD Energy & Engineering team on small building HVAC control and retrocomissioning. As an undergraduate, he studied mechanical engineering at the Ohio State University with a focus on water consumption for power production. Prior to graduate school, he worked in energy efficiency consulting for Go Sustainable Energy in Columbus, and also worked on a farm in central Virginia growing produce and raising chickens. He now lives in Berkeley and still does farm work, now with the UC Gill Tract Farm.