Ph.D. Student • P.E.O. Scholar • IBUILD Fellow
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
Katy has joinned Penn State University in January 2022. For updated information, please visit her new page at Penn State.


Education Background

Katy received her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Denver in 2013, where she also played for the university’s D1 women’s soccer program. At DU, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with departmental distinction, was elected into the Phi Beta Kappa society for excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, and was named First Team COSIDA Academic All-American for Women's Soccer in the 2011-12 season. In 2015, she received her M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Her master’s research focused on the environmental impact analysis and co-design of culturally-centered homes with a California Native American tribe, the Pinoleville Pomo Nation. Before joining CU Boulder, Katy worked at the Boulder Engineering Company for three years where she designed electrical and mechanical systems for multi-family residential and commercial buildings across the United States.

Research Interests

Smart and connected communities, urban-scale energy modeling, district energy systems, biomimicry, community sustainability & resiliency, design thinking, indoor/outdoor environmental quality, life cycle assessment

Research Projects

07/2020 - 06/2022: NSF/DOS - Modernizing Cities via Smart Garden Alleys with Application in Makassar City (with Virginia Tech, Universitas Gadjah Mada, & Institut Teknologi Bandung)

03/2019 - 03/2022: DOE - Support for District Energy Simulation with Modelica (with NREL & LBNL)

10/2019 - 08/2020: NSF - BIGDATA: Collaborative Research: IA: Big Data Analytics for Optimized Planning of Smart, Sustainable, and Connected Communities (with Virginia Tech)


K. Hinkelman, S. Anbarasu, M. Wetter, A. Gautier, W. Zuo. 2022. "A Fast and Accurate Modeling Approach for Water and Steam Thermodynamics with Practical Applications in District Heating System Simulation," Energy, 254(A), pp. 124227.

K. Hinkelman, S. Anbarasu, M. Wetter, A. Gautier, B. Ravache, W. Zuo 2022. "Towards Open-Source Modelica Models For Steam-Based District Heating Systems." Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop On Open Source Modelling And Simulation Of Energy Systems (OSMSES 2022), Aachen, German, April 4-5, 2022.

K. Hinkelman, J. Wang, W. Zuo, A. Gautier, M. Wetter, C. Fan, N. Long. 2022. "Modelica-Based Modeling and Simulation of District Cooling Systems: A Case Study." Applied Energy, 311, pp.118654.

S. Huang, J. Wang, Y. Fu, W. Zuo, K. Hinkelman, R. M. Kaiser, D. He, D. Vrabie 2021. “An Open-source Virtual Testbed for a Real Net-Zero Energy Community”. Sustainable Cities and Society, 75, pp. 103255.

C. Fan, K. Hinkelman, Y. Fu, W. Zuo, S. Huang, C. Shi, N. Mamaghani, C. Faulkner, X. Zhou 2021. "Open-source Modelica Models for the Control Performance Simulation of Chiller Plants with Water-side Economizer." Applied Energy. 299, pp. 117337.

Ye, Yunyang, Kathryn Hinkelman, Yingli Lou, Wangda Zuo, Gang Wang, Jian Zhang. 2021. "Evaluating the Energy Impact Potential of Energy Efficiency Measures for Retrofit Applications: A Case Study with U.S. Medium Office Buildings." Building Simulation.

K. Hinkelman, S. Huang, J. Wang, J. Lian, W. Zuo 2019. “Enhancing the Implementation of a First-order Equivalent Thermal Parameter Model to Enable Accurate and Robust Building Thermal Response Prediction.” Proceedings of the 16th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association (Building Simulation 2019), September 2-4, Rome, Italy.

Y. Ye, K. Hinkelman, J. Zhang, Y. Xie, W. Zuo 2019. “A Methodology to Quantify the Impact of Building Energy Code Upgrades on Building Energy Savings: A Case Study on Small Offices.” Proceeding of the 16th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association (Building Simulation 2019), September 2-4, Rome, Italy.

Y. Ye, K. Hinkelman, J. Zhang, W. Zuo, G. Wang 2019. “A Methodology to Create Prototypical Building Energy Models for Existing Buildings: A Case Study on U.S. Religious Worship Buildings.” Energy and Buildings, 194, pp. 351-365.

X. Lu, K. Hinkelman, Y. Fu, J. Wang, W. Zuo, Q. Zhang, W. Saad 2019. “An Open Source Modeling Framework for Interdependent Energy-Transportation-Communication Infrastructure in Smart and Connected Communities.” IEEE Access, 7, pp. 55458-55476.

K. Van Lieshout, C. Bayley, S. Akinlabi, L. von Rabenau, D. Dornfeld 2015. “Leveraging Life Cycle Assessment to Evaluate Environmental Impacts of Green Cleaning Products.” Procedia CIRP, 29, pp. 372–77, Sydney, Australia.

K. Van Lieshout, J. Anderson, K. Shelburne, B. Davidson 2014. “Intensity Rankings of Plyometric Exercises Using Joint Power Absorption.” Clinical Biomechanics, 29, pp. 918–22.