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Baker, Kyri A. Assistant Professor


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  • Kyri Baker is an Assistant Professor in the Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She also holds a courtesy appointment in the Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering Department, and a joint appointment through the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI). Dr. Baker's research focuses on how to use optimization and control techniques to better integrate renewable energy, increase system-wide energy efficiency, and further our future smart grids' and smart cities' resiliency, sustainability, and cybersecurity. She has expertise in stochastic and distributed optimization spanning electricity markets, power grids, and buildings. Recently, Dr. Baker has been interested in infrastructure design, power systems, and intelligent building controls in resource-constrained environments.


  • Power Systems, Smart Grids, Building-to-Grid, Renewable Energy, Optimization, Control Systems


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courses taught

  • AREN 3040 - Circuits for Architectural Engineers
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    This course will cover the basics of DC and AC circuit theory relevant to the modeling, design, and control of residential and commercial building systems, including Kirchoff's laws, Thevenin/Norton theorems, transient analysis of DC systems, three phase analysis, induction and synchronous motors, AC power (including real and reactive power analysis), power factor correction, and transformers.
  • AREN 4830 - Special Topics for Seniors/Grads
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2021
    Supervised study of special topics of interest to students under instructor guidance. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.
  • AREN 5001 - Building Energy Systems: Thermal, Electrical & Lighting Sys
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Prepares graduate students with general knowledge and skills that are required by advanced AREN technical courses. Covers three parts of materials: 1) building thermal systems, 2) building lighting systems, 3) building electrical systems.
  • AREN 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
  • CVEN 5830 - Special Topics for Seniors/Grads
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • ECEN 3030 - Electrical/Electronic Circuits Non-Major
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    For students not majoring in electrical engineering. Covers analysis of electric circuits by use of Ohm's law; network reduction; superposition; node analysis; Thevenin's and Norton's theorems; sinusoidal signals; phasors; power in AC circuits; transient response, operation of simple circuits; rectifiers; transformers; 3-phase circuits; motors and generators.
  • ECEN 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021


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