Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Boston, MA 02115
Graduate Studies and Research
Kris Govertsen is a graduate student at Northeastern University studying for a Master of Science in Sustainable Building Systems and an Interdisciplanary Engineering Ph.D.. Her research focuses on identifying thermal characteristics of homes using smart thermostat data. Her goal is to scale this method to identify communities who are most vulnerable to extreme temperature related weather events. To date she has written an opinion piece and an ASHRAE conference paper. Next she is working on a journal submission.
Prior to joining Northeastern, Kris was an early college program student in The Clarkson School at Clarkson University. Kris stayed at Clarkson and joined their Honors Program where she studied Civil Engineering with concentrations in Architectural Engineering, Structural Engineering and Construction Engineering Management. For her undergraduate thesis, she proposed a small business called SMART Start House, LLC, aimed at helping the average american family make their home more Sustainable, Manageable, Affordable, Resilient and Technological.
Kris is the Community Co-Chair for Northeastern University's Graduate Women in Science in Engineering (GWiSE) organization. She is a member of the Civil and Enviornmental Engineering Department's Graduate Student Council. She is a volunteer member of the United States Green Building Council's (USGBC's) New York Upstate Market Leadership Advisory Board (MLAB).
Kris is an Engineering in Training in New York State. She is a LEED Green Associate and a LEED Green Classroom Professional. She is currently studying for the WELL AP.
- General Electric Power and Water, Environmental Health and Safety Intern (2015)
- The Chazen Companies, Civil Engineering Intern (2016)
- The Class of 1947 Endowed Scholarship - Clarkson University (2015-2018)
- Kristin M. Layn Scholarship - Clarkson University (2015)
- The J.R. Weston Endowed Scholarship - Clarkson University (2016-2018)
- American Society of Civil Engineers Lawrence W. and Francis W. Cox Scholarship (2016)
- Tau Beta Pi Award - (2017)
- Theodore '56 and Priscilla Nelson Sponsored Scholarship - Clarkson University (2018)
- Frederica Clarkson Award Recipient - Clarkson University (2018)
- Chi Epsilon National Scholarship (2018)
- Chi Epsilon - National Civil Engineering Honor Society
- Tau Beta Pi - National Engineering Honor Society
- Phi Kappa Phi - National Multidisciplinary Collegiate Honor Society
- American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Member
- United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Member