Kathleen Hetrick LEED AP BD+C

Architectural Engineering, University of Texas at Austin



University of Texas at Austin Expected Graduation: 2015

-Majoring in Architectural Engineering

-Dean’s Honor List Summa cum laude: Spring 2013

-Admitted to Bridging Disciplines Program: Social Entrepreneurship and Non-Profits specializing in Environment

- Accepted into the Grand Challenge Scholars Program focusing on Restoring and Improving Urban Infrastructure.

- Completed Graduate Coursework in Social Entrepreneurship at LBJ School of Public Affairs.

- Solar Decathlon Team 2015 - Currently working on Schematic Design Program and plug and play integrated building and energy systems research.

Studied abroad Vienna, Austria May-July 2011

Engineering Design Course: AutoCAD, SolidWorks, manual drafting, cultural studies, and art history.

Studied abroad London, England May-July 2013

Emerging Technologies Course: Upper- Level Independent Research with Foster + Partners and BuroHappold. Thesis title - Sustainable Complexity: Driving and Judging Design in the Urban 21st Century.

LEED AP BD+C Certification October 2013

Relevant Software Proficiency: Revit Architecture, MEP, and Structures. Indesign. Illustrator. Final Cut Pro. Google Sketchup. Equest. Ecotect.

Current Course Work: Elements of Steel Design, HVAC design, Contracts & Liability in Construction, Fluid Mechanics, History of Economic Innovation, Materials and Methods of Construction, Architecture Research, & a MITx course on the Challenges of Global Poverty.


MEP/ Sustainability Co-op, Buro Happold, Los Angeles July 2013-January 2014

-LEED Coordinator for refurbishment of downtown Los Angeles office space seeking Platinum LEED certification.

-Analyzed results of a post occupancy evaluation of a net-zero ready architecture office into a technical marketing report. Designing second phase of sub metering and occupancy surveying to increase building performance.

-Led product optimization research and tracking for a higher education project. Created and implemented a system combining specifications and Material Safety Data Sheets to determine the human health risks and overall transparency of the project’s “ingredients list” for the Living Building Challenge Materials Petal.

Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, Austin May 2012-March 2013

-Designed renderings for a Potable Water and Magnesium Oxide Cement Integrated Design Project that utilizes produced water from oil and natural gas wells.

-Designed icons for systematic gamification of a community-based resource project to be implemented in Haiti,which was submitted into the SXSW ECO I2I awards.

-Designed prototype for a Sustainable Hydroponic Space Frame.

-Conducted research on the Urban Housing Crisis throughout the world and Colombia’s Oil and Water resources; Research was used in meetings with BASF and Lafarge Cement.

Intern, Tech Ranch Austin, Austin TX May 2012-August 2012

-Worked directly with the CEO of a start up incubator on program ideation and international relations with American and Chilean startups.

-Implemented new marketing strategy including starting video testimonials and creating workshops on crowd funding and investor relations.

-Worked with the CEO and CMO to create a new website for Tech Ranch Austin.

-Organized and facilitated key networking events that brought increasing numbers of entrepreneurs into the TechRanch Community.

-Researched small business grants and constructed an International Development Practices blog for startup company, RxDonate.

Green Jobs Intern, Sierra Club, Austin, TX September 2011-December 2011

-Conducted research on green job creation in manufacturing, commerce, and government sectors in eastern Texas, and power mapped community leaders who could work with sustainable non-profits.

-Worked on communications for the Sierra Club including blog writing, speaking at town halls, rallies, public hearings, cold calling, customer relationship management, and wrote a letter to editor which was featured in the Austin Statesman.

-Organized a two day Student Lobby Event bringing together 20+ students from 4 different universities in which students took part in a “how to lobby” workshop created by myself and my fellow interns. Also facilitated the lobby event in which the students met with political officials at the city, county, state, and federal level, which involved coordinating over 15 meetings throughout the day, guiding the lobbying process, and advising the student groups on their strategy. Topics included electricity rates, neighborhood solar initiatives, and closing down a coal plant utilized by the city of Austin.

Intern, Carbon Shrinks LLC, Austin, TX September 2010-September 2011

-Conducted research involving the carbon emissions and pollution of various cement manufacturing companies in Texas and compiled statistics related to my research into presentations for the company owner.

- Managed appointments and facilitated conference calls with clients of the environmental consulting company.

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