July 2024 - May 2025
University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO
2016 PhD in Environmental Engineering
2013 MS in Mechanical Engineering
University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
2010 BA in Physics
2020-present Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering; University of Texas San Antonio
2016-2020 US Environmental Protection Agency; Research Triangle Park, NC;
Postdoctoral Environmental Engineer
2012-2016 University of Colorado Boulder; Boulder, CO; Research Assistant
2014 CU Science Discovery; Boulder, CO; Instructor
2011-2012 University of Colorado Boulder; Boulder, CO; NSF GK-12 Teaching Fellow
2010-2011 University of Colorado Boulder; Boulder, CO; Research Assistant
2008-2010 Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley; Berkeley, CA; Research Assistant
2005 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Berkeley, CA; Research Intern
PEER REVIEWED RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS
Brown, K., Henze, D., Milford, J., Comparing health benefit calculations for alternative energy futures. Air Quality, Atmosphere, and Health. DOI: 10.1007/s11869-020-00840-8 May 2020
Brown, K., Dodder, R., Energy and Emissions Implications of Automated Vehicles in the US Energy System. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. 77, p 132-147. DOI: 10.1016/j.trd.2019.09.003 December 2019
Brown, K., Loughlin, D., Market Sensitivity of Solar-Fossil Hybrid Electricity Generation to Price, Efficiency, Policy, and Fuel Projections. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy. DOI: 10.1007/s10098-018-1659-3 February 2019.
Brown, K., Hottle, T., Bandyopadhyay, R., Babaee, S., Dodder, R., Kaplan, P.O., Lenox, C., Loughlin, D., Evolution of the US Energy System and Related Emissions under Varying Social and Technological Development Paradigms: Plausible Scenarios for Use in Robust Decision Making, Environmental Science & Technology June 2018.
Brown, K., Henze, D., Milford, J., How Accounting for Climate and Health Impacts of Emissions Could Change the US Energy System, Energy Policy, March, 2017.
Brown, K., Henze, D., Milford, J., Accounting for Climate and Air Quality Damages in Future US Electricity Generation Scenarios, Environmental Science & Technology, March 2013.
PEER REVIEWED TEACHING PUBLICATIONS
Brown, K., Hippel, B., Perez-Suarez, S.D., Straten, M., Zarske, M.S., Yowell, J., Samson, C., Oil on the Ocean, TeachEngineering.org July 2012.
Brown, K., Forbes, M., Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s to the Mine We Go, TeachEngineering.org June 2012.
Brown, K., What Kind of Footprint? Carbon Footprint, TeachEngineering.org April 2012.
“The Benefits of Internalizing Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Externalities in the US Energy System” 2016 University of Colorado at Boulder, Environmental Engineering
2019 Honorable Mention for Scientific and Technological Achievement Award (STAA)
from the EPA
2019 Superior Performance Award from EPA Office of Research and Development
2018 Superior Performance Award from EPA Office of Research and Development
2017 Superior Performance Award from EPA Office of Research and Development
2013 Best Air Quality Talk at the Graduate Engineering Annual Research Symposium at the University of Colorado
2011 First Place Energy Policy Poster at the Energy Frontiers Conference at the University of Colorado
2019 Brown, K., Center for Energy Studies as Louisiana State University; seminar, Baton Rouge, LA, January.
2018 Information Exchange on Connected, Autonomous, Shared, Electric Vehicles; webinar with DOT, DOE, EPA, May 2018.
2018 Cal Alumni Club of North Carolina; Durham, NC, April 2018.
2016 North Carolina State University; Environmental Water Resources, and Coastal Engineering,
Raleigh, NC, September 2016.
2015 Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Boston, MA, June 2015.
EPA Presentations to Regulatory Offices
2018 Potential Regional impacts of automated vehicles. Office of Transportation and Air Quality, April.
2018 Potential Emissions impacts of automated vehicles. Office of Transportation and Air Quality, February.
2017 Modeling plausible future energy scenarios. Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards. August.
2019 Brown, K., Lenox, C., Plausible Energy Scenarios for use in robust decision making, Energy and
Society in Transition, Tempe, AZ.
2019 Brown, K., Dodder, R., Energy and Emissions Implications of Automated Vehicles in the US Energy System, Transportation Research Board (TRB), Washington, DC. *(Research was selected, but due to a
partial government shutdown neither author was able to attend the conference.)
2018 Brown, K., Hottle, T., Bandyopadhyay, R., Babaee, S., Dodder, R., Kaplan, P.O., Lenox, C., Loughlin, D., Plausible Energy Scenarios for use in robust decision making, Community Modeling and Analysis System (CMAS) conference, Chapel Hill, NC.
2017 Sensitivity of Solar Fossil Hybrid Electricity Technology Penetration to Price and Efficiency
Projections, USAEE, Houston, TX, oral.
2015 Air Quality Impacts of Damage Based Emissions Fees, CMAS conference, Chapel Hill, NC, oral.
2014 The Effect of Criteria Pollutant and Greenhouse Gas Damage Based Fees on Emissions from the US
Energy System, CMAS conference, Chapel Hill, NC, oral.
2014 Internalizing Life Cycle Externalities in the US Energy System, LCA XIV Conference, San Francisco,
CA, invited oral.
2014 The Effect of Damage Based Emissions Fees on Future US Emissions, GEIA Conference, Boulder, CO,
2012 Incorporating Climate and Air Quality Externalities in the US Electricity System, World Renewable
Energy Forum, Denver, CO, oral.
2011 The Effect of Incorporating Air Quality and Climate Externalities in Future US Electricity Scenarios,
American Chemical Society, Denver, CO, oral.
2006 Characterizing Deuteron Breakup on Thin Targets at 20 MeV, American Physical Society, Dallas, TX,
2019 Brown, K., Energy and Emissions Implications of Automated Vehicles, UNC 6th Annual Climate
Change and Resilience Symposium, Chapel Hill, NC.
2008 Dispersive Ion Injection Signatures Observed at FAST Altitudes during Times of Northward IMF:
Characteristics and Origins, American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA, poster.
LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE
2018-2019 President for US EPA Networking and Leadership Training Organization (NLTO); coordinate
officers, run meetings
2018 Co-chair for Air Quality, Climate and Energy session at the Community Modeling and
Analysis System (CMAS) conference
2018 Vice President for US EPA Networking and Leadership Training Organization (NLTO)
2017-present Secretary for Cal Alumni of North Carolina; charter board member
2017 Council Member for US EPA Networking and Leadership Training Organization (NLTO)
2014-2015 Vice President of Events for CU Energy Club; planned events inc. a conference for over 200
2012-2016 Research Mentorship; taught students new to the group how to use the MARKAL model
2013 Mentorship; assisted a foreign student with English and accent reduction
TEACHING AND OUTREACH
2019 Participant in competitive ACADEME workshop, an NSF funded workshop teaching skills for a
successful academic career including teaching and grant writing
2017-present Contributor to Envirobites.org,
a blog that summarizes current environmental research for non-scientists
2017-2019 Participant in Science-a-thon,
an annual social media campaign to display a day in the life of real scientists
2016-present Participant in US EPA outreach program,
activities include speed mentoring and presentations to students
2014-2015 AirWaterGas curriculum development team member;
Designed a course for Colorado secondary school teachers to learn about energy, air quality,
and climate and how to relate this information to students and their communities
2013-2015 Guest lecturer for CU graduate courses “Environmental Law,” “Sustainable Energy” and
“Intro to Research”
2014 CU Science Discovery instructor; taught 2 summer camps
2011-2012 NSF GK-12 Fellow;
Designed and taught curriculum based on my research to middle school students,
led after school and summer engineering programs for elementary students
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS
AAAS American Association for the Advancement of Science
AGU American Geophysical Union
USAEE United States Association for Energy Economics
ESWN Earth Science Women’s Network
AEESP Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors