Assistant Professor Kyri Baker obtained her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in December 2014. She then worked for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory from 2015-2017 in both the Buildings and Thermal Sciences and the Power Systems centers. Dr. Baker is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering. Her research focuses on improving renewable energy integration within the power grid through improved optimization and control of energy networks. She has led projects on both the demand and supply side of the power grid, from large-scale transmission grids to individual building-level assets. In 2019-2020, the team led by Dr. Baker in the international ARPA-E Grid Optimization Competition won an award for developing scalable optimization algorithms for large-scale, realistic power grids. In 2021, she received the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award. Dr. Baker's passion for education and mentoring has helped her lead two student teams to win awards in national NASA competitions, and she has developed one of the few courses in the nation that focuses on building-to-grid interactions for improved grid efficiency and the integration of renewable energy.