Background[edit | edit source]
Kaitlyn Burghardt is an undergraduate student at Western University, pursuing a Bachelor of Engineering Science in Chemical Engineering with Co-Op. Her most appreciated courses include Energy & Environment and Sustainable Engineering. Within these courses, Kaitlyn completed research papers about concentrated solar power systems, wastewater treatment, and carbon-capture utilization for methane production. Currently, Kaitlyn is employed at engineering consulting firm Kinectrics Inc. in downtown Toronto as a Design Engineering Project Controls Intern.
At Western, Kaitlyn is involved in the campus community. Previously, she acted as the Local Chapter Lead for Western’s chapter of North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN). She also served as a Western Engineering Orientation Leader.
Experience[edit | edit source]
Kinectrics Inc. is an engineering consulting firm, specializing in life cycle management solutions for the energy industry. The company offers services for all energy generation types, including nuclear and renewables. At Kinectrics, Kaitlyn is a member of the design engineering team, where she supports 2000+ projects. Tasks include preparing financial reports, overseeing contract schedules, and quality assurance control for Bruce Power projects.
Previously, Kaitlyn was employed as a Research Intern at Calgary company Midnight Financial in the project start-up division. Her primary responsibility was to research material concerning carbon capture utilization and energy conservation, and determine the information’s relevance to company projects.
Interests[edit | edit source]
- Carbon neutrality and circular economy
- Carbon capture utilization
- Thermal energy storage
- Hydrogen production through wastewater treatment
- Equitable energy solutions