McKenzie Roberts is a Research Assistant at HARC, working with multiple programs and areas of competitive research including water, air, energy and climate resilience. She received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sustainability with a minor in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.
In this role at HARC, Ms. Roberts helps support the research efforts of HARC scientists and program directors. She conducts data collection and analysis and develops marketing and communications content. Also, in this capacity, Ms. Roberts develops maps, evaluates risk assessment and climate mitigation, and works through various modules to study environmental and atmospheric profiling.
Ms. Roberts’s primary focus is in energy resilience and anthropogenic and climatic interactions. Ms. Roberts has assisted on numerous projects including Houston’s Climate Action Plan and State of the Bay. She is also a key member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAP) program where she provides technical assistance to those seeking to garner more information regarding the implementation of CHP.
A recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Ms. Roberts was active in Mu Alpha Theta (National Math Honor Society) and is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and NASA Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium Fellowship. She’s currently studying for an M.S. in Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University.
The Clean Energy Hub, funded by the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), houses a variety of interactive tools, podcasts, webinars, guides, and case studies to help accelerate the adoption of distributed generation and energy efficiency projects in Texas.
HARC is partnering with multiple organizations to provide a science-based review of groundwater in the Houston-Galveston Region.
DOE Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAP) program promotes CHP technology solutions for the industrial and manufacturing sector, critical infrastructure, institutions, commercial facilities, and utilities.
HARC's COVID-19 research studied the regulatory measures enacted by local governments to slow the rate of infection and also the effects stay-at-home orders had on infrastructure systems, communities, and the environment.