Dr. Kittner studies energy systems at multiple scales, from regional and international power grids to community-owned micro-grids and household energy dynamics. Kittner’s current work examines the relationship between energy systems, low-carbon development, and human health. Ongoing projects include energy system planning in Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar, the emissions and health effects of coal-fired power plants in Kosovo, and battery assessment for electric vehicle and energy storage applications. Kittner holds a PhD in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley where he studied energy systems engineering, science, and policy. His work with the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab (RAEL) appears in leading journals ranging from Nature Energy to Environmental Science and Technology and Ecological Economics. Previously, he was a Fulbright Fellow at the Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment in Bangkok, Thailand and has worked extensively on a Thai Solar PV Roadmap project with colleagues at Chulalongkorn University. He received his BS in Environmental Science (highest honors) with a dual minor in Mathematics and Urban Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Kittner is seeking candidate(s) for 1-2 PhD positions in the next year covering deep decarbonization strategies and energy systems integration in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
PhD, Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley, 2018
MS, Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley, 2015
BS, Environmental Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011