Professor Susan Krumdieck

PhD Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder

MS Energy Systems, Arizona State University

BS Mechanical Engineering, Arizona State University

Susan has been at Canterbury University since 2000. Her research focuses on developing the engineering methods and innovative technologies for adaptation to reduced fossil fuel production and consumption. She is an expert in developing new ideas for dealing with oil supply issues in transportation systems and urban planning. She is the leader of a group of engineering professionals and academics working to establish the Global Association for Transition Engineering (GATE). Transition Engineering is an emerging field that works on fossil fuel reduction change projects for industry and the public sector. She was appointed to the RSNZ Energy Panel in 2005, was selected as the IET prestige lecturer in 2010, and won the CU Gold Sustainability Award in 2011 for organizing Signs of Change, the first national no-travel conference, and Silver Sustainability award in 2013 for her work on From the Ground Up, an urban re-development approach. She has worked with Professor Frank Kreith on the first energy engineering text with coverage of Transition Engineering.

Professor Krumdieck has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers, supervised a total of 21 PhD student completions, and been awarded over $7M in research grants as principle investigator.


Selected Recent Publications 

Krumdieck, S., “Chapter 13. Transition Engineering”, In: Principles of Sustainable Energy, 2nd Edition, Ed: F. Kreith and S. Krumdieck, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group (2013) 689-733.

Krumdieck, S. “Chapter 32. Transition Engineering”, In: Energy Solutions to Combat Global Warming, Ed: XinRong Zhang, Springer (2017) 647-706.


  1. Budisulistyo, D., S. Krumdieck, Lifetime design strategy for binary geothermal plants considering degradation of geothermal resource productivity, Energy Conversion and Management, 132C (2017) 1-13.
  2. Bai, M., S. Krumdieck, Modelling shopping transport energy performance to explore low carbon potentials, Road & Transport Research, Vol 25 No 1 (2016) 76 – 87.
  3. Jung, H-C, S. Krumdieck, Meanline design of a 250 kW radial inflow turbine stage using R245fa working fluid and waste heat from a refinery process, Journal of Power and Energy, accepted (2016).
  4. Budisulistyo, D., S. Krumdieck, Thermodynamic and economic analysis for the pre- feasibility study of a binary geothermal power plant, Energy Conversion and Management, 103 (2015) 639-649.
  5. Jung, H-C, S. Krumdieck, An experimental and modelling study of a 1 kW organic Rankine cycle unit with mixture working fluid, Energy, 81 (2015) 601-614.
  6. Jung, H-C, Krumdieck, S., Rotordynamic modelling and analysis of a radial inflow turbine rotor-bearing system, International Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing, Vol. 15 No. 11. (2014) 2285-2290
  7. Jung, H-C, S. Krumdieck, T. Vranjes, Feasibility assessment of refinery waste heat-to-power conversion using an organic Rankine cycle, Energy Conversion and Management, 77 (2014) 396-407.
  8. Krumdieck, S., S. Page, Retro-analysis of bio-ethanol and bio-diesel in New Zealand, Energy Policy, 62 (2013) 363-371.
  9. Krumdieck, S., Transition Engineering: adaptation of complex systems for survival, International Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 16, No. 3/4, (2013) 310-321.
  10. Gyamfi, S., Krumdieck, S., Urmee, T., Residential peak electricity demand response – highlights of some behavioural issues, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 25 (2013) 71-77.
  11. Jung, H-C, S. Krumdieck, Modelling of organic Rankine cycle system and heat exchanger components, International Journal of Sustainable Energy, Vol 33 (3) (2014) 704-721.
  12. Krumdieck, S., M. Dale, S. Page, Design and implementation of a community based sustainable development action research method, Social Business, Vol. 2 (2012) 291-337.
  13. Gyamfi, S., S. Krumdieck, Scenario analysis of residential demand response at network peak periods, Electric Power Systems Research, Vol. 93 (2012) 32-38.
  14. Dale, M., S. Krumdieck, and P. Bodger, Global Energy Modeling – a Biophysical Approach (GEMBA) part 1: An overview of biophysical economics. Ecological Economics, Vol. 73 (2012) 152-157.
  15. Dale, M., S. Krumdieck, and P. Bodger, Global Energy Modeling - a Biophysical Approach (GEMBA) Part 2: Methodology and Results. Ecological Economics, Vol. 73 (2012) 158-167.
  16. Watcharasukarn, M., S. Krumdieck, S. Page, Virtual reality simulation game approach to investigate transport adaptive capacity for peak oil planning, Transportation Research Part A, Vol. 46 (2012) 348 – 367.
  17. Rendall, S., S. Page, F. Reitsma, E. van Houten, S. Krumdieck, Quantifying transport resilience: active mode accessibility, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2242 (2011) 72-80.
  18. Dale, M., S. Krumdieck, P. Bodger, Net energy yield from production of conventional oil, Energy Policy, Vol. 39 Issue 11 (2011) 7095 -7102.
  19. Dale, M., S. Krumdieck, P. Bodger, A dynamic function for energy return on investment, Sustainability, Vol. 3 Issue 10 (2011) 1972 -1985.
  20. Krumdieck, S. and S. Orchard, Signs of Change National Networked e-Conference: highlighting emerging sustainability and social business, Social Business, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2011) 37-58.
  21. Gyamfi, S., S. Krumdieck, Price, environment and security: exploring multi-modal motivation in voluntary residential peak demand response, Energy Policy, Vol. 39, Issue 5 (2011) 2993-3004.
  22. Watcharasukarn, M., Krumdieck, S., Green, R. and Dantas, A., Researching Travel Behavior and Adaptability: Using a Virtual Reality Role-Playing Game. Simulation & Gaming, Vol. 42, No. 1 (2011) 100-117.
  23. Krumdieck, S., The Survival Spectrum: The key to Transition Engineering of complex systems, (11-17 Nov 2011, Denver, CO) Proceedings of the ASME 2011, ICEME2011-65891.
  24. Krumdieck, S., Transition Engineering of urban transportation for resilience to peak oil risks, (11-17 Nov 2011, Denver, CO) Proceedings of the ASME 2011, ICEME2011-65836.
  25. Krumdieck, S., S. Page, A. Dantas, Urban form and long term fuel supply decline: A method to investigate the peak oil risks to essential activities, Trans. Res. Part A: 44 (2010) 306-322.
  26. Gyamfi, S., S. Krumdieck, L. Brackney, Price, Environment and Security: Multi-modal motivation in residential demand response, IPENZ engineering treNZ, 2010-015 (2010) 1-9.
  27. Krumdieck, S. and A. Hamm, Strategic analysis methodology for energy systems with remote island case study, Energy Policy, Vol 37,9 (2009) 3301-3313.
  28. M. Imroz Sohel, Mathieu Sellier, Larry J. Brackney, Susan Krumdieck, Efficiency improvement for geothermal power generation to meet summer peak demand, Energy Policy, Vol 37,9 (2009) 3370-3376.
  29. Page, S. and S. Krumdieck, System-Level Energy Efficiency is the Greatest Barrier to Development of the Hydrogen Economy, Energy Policy, Vol 37,9 (2009) 3325-3335
  30. Boyle, C. et al., Delivering Sustainable Infrastructure that Supports the Urban Built Environment, Environmental Science & Technology 44 (13) (2010) 4836-4840.
  31. Krumdieck S., Feedback Control Model of Regional Energy Systems, IPENZ engineering TreNz 2007-002 (2007) ISSN 1177-042.
  32. Dantas, A., S. Krumdieck, S. Page, Risk of energy constrained Activity-transport systems (RECATS), Journal of Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies, Vol. 7 (2007) 1154-1168.
  33. Saunders, M. J., S. Krumdieck, A. Dantas, Energy reliance, urban form and the associated risk to urban activities, Road & Transport Research, Vol 15 No 1 (2006) 29-43.
  34. Dantas, A., S. Krumdieck, A. Hamm, M. Saunders, S. Minges, Performance-Objective Design for Energy Constrained Transportation System, Journal of Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies, 6 (2005) 3276-3292.
  35. Wallace, J. and S. Krumdieck, Carbon Dioxide Scrubbing From Air with Amine Solution in a Packed Bubble Column, Proc. IMechE Vol 219, Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, (2005) 1225-1233.


Students Supervised in Energy Transition Engineering

  1. Maria Isabel Beltran, Urban Transition through property re-development for a low energy future city, PhD Thesis (2021), UC MECH scholarship
  2. Daniel Bishop, Zero energy lighting design and operation for building retrofits including voluntary demand participation, lighting comfort and productivity, PhD Thesis (2020), Ngau Boon Keat Postgraduate Scholarship
  3. Patricio Gallardo Ocampo, Integrated social, energy, transport and economic national freight intermodal analysis, PhD Thesis (2020), UC Doctoral Scholarship
  4. Niebert Blair, Transition of diesel generator-based power grids to renewable energy systems, the challenge for Guyana, PhD Thesis (2019), Commonwealth Scholarship
  5. Sunjin Choi, Modelling for dynamic control, fault detection and optimized operation of geothermal ORC, PhD Thesis (2017), Department Scholarship
  6. Denny Budisulistyo, Flexible Design of ORC Plant for Low Temperature Geothermal and Waste Heat, PhD Thesis (2016), Department Scholarship
  7. Richard Wijninckx, Experimental monitoring and optimization for ORC, MS, Orion Energy Scholarship
  8. Ming Bai, Local Accessibility and Energy use in Transport, FRST Research Grant
  9. Choon Seng Wong, Design-to-Resource (DTR) using SMC Turbine Adaptive Strategy, PhD Thesis (2015), HERF PhD scholarship
  10. Janice Asuncion, Energy Capacitated Freight Logistics Modelling, PhD Thesis (2013), AEMS Lab Scholarship FRST Research Grant
  11. Miraz Fulhu, Human Intelligence-Integrated Control System for Hybrid Power Networks for Remote Island, PhD Thesis (2013) Commonwealth International Scholarship
  12. Michael Southon, Energy Return on Investment and Net Energy Analysis of ORC Power Generation, MS Thesis (2014), TechNZ Scholarship
  13. Leighton Taylor, Low Temperature Geothermal ORC System Development Standard, MS Thesis (2014), AGGAT Scholarship
  14. Nick Yannakis, Economic Optimisation Of Domestic Solar Hot Water For The Commercial Market Using Consol Evacuator Tube Panels In Christchurch, New Zealand, Masters Thesis (2012), Industry sponsorship
  15. Stacy Rendall, Minimum Energy Transport Activity Analysis from GIS, PhD Thesis (2012) NERI Energy Scholarship, Mechanical Engineering Department Premier Scholarship
  16. Muavi Mohammed, Energy Constraint and Adaptability; Focus on Renewable Energy on Small Islands; Case Study: Fenfushi, Maldives, PhD Thesis (2011). Commonwealth International Scholarship, NERI UK Energy School Scholarship
  17. Sohel Mohammed, Dynamic Model of Geothermal Power Plant, PhD Thesis (2011). Department Premier Scholarship, Industry Research Sponsorship Mighty River Power, Best Poster NERI Conference
  18. Michael Dale, Global Energy Modelling – A Biophysical Approach (GEMBA), PhD Thesis (2010). Vice Chancellor’s UC Scholarship, Mechanical Engineering Department Premier Scholarship
  19. Samuel Gyamfi, Demand Response in Residential Peak Electricity through ICT Innovation, PhD Thesis (2010). NERI Energy Scholarship, College Scholarship, AEMS Lab Scholarship
  20. Montira Watcharasukarn, 3-D Virtual Reality Simulation for Assessment of Constrained Energy Travel Activity Adaptation, PhD Thesis (2010). Brian Mason Scientific and Technical Trust Grant, NERI Energy Scholarship, AEMS Lab Scholarship, NZTA Research Grant
  21. Andreas Hamm, Methodology and Modelling Approach for Strategic Sustainability Analysis of Complex Energy-Environment Systems; Case Study: Rotuma, Fiji, PhD Thesis (2007). UC Targeted Scholarship, Pacific Island Trust Travel Grant
  22. Shannon Page, Regenerative PEM Fuel Cell System for UPS: Design, Modelling, and Experimental Verification, PhD Thesis (2007).
  23. Jake Frye, Strategic Analysis and Modelling for Wind Energy, Masters Thesis (2006).
  24. Jamie Wallace, Development of a Commercial Carbon Dioxide Scrubber, PhD Thesis


Articles and Media

The Story of Us, Forethought Podcast (2017)

How to Stop the Titanic, The Art and Science of the Possible, Wordpress (2016)

Transition Engineering Scenarios, Invited Lecture Science for Energy Scenarios (2016)

Family and Carbon Safety Margin, Motu and NZCCRI guest articles (2016)

Transition Engineering for a sustainable future, UKERC, London (21 April 2016)

Engineering Solutions, Podcast, People Behind the Science 302 (2015)

Transition Engineering, Podcast Sustainable Lens Resilience on Radio (2015)

Climate Action, Interview on Nine to Noon, Radio New Zealand National (2015)

Engineering for Change “Energy Transition Engineering: meeting the biggest challenge engineers have ever faced”, (19 April 2016)

“From the Ground Up: How the mega-challenges of transport energy and climate change will profoundly affect property markets”, The Advocate, New Zealand Property Council, (Spring 2015) 30-32.

Ultimate Challenge, New Zealand Business Leaders Forum (2014)

EROI and Future Scenarios, Science for Energy Scenarios, Les Houches, France (Feb 2014)

Ethics of Transition, Engineers without Borders Conference, NZ (2014)

Transition Engineering, Interview with Kim Hill, Radio New Zealand (2014)

Transition Engineering, The Futurist, July-August 2013 (Vol. 47, No. 4)

Transition of Christchurch, From the Ground Up, Engineers for Social Responsibility (2013)

Transition Engineering Campaign, Otago Energy Centre Seminar (8 March 2013)

Challenging the Status Quo, New Zealand Business Leaders Forum (2012)

Transition Project Dunedin, Belgium Parliament Invited Presentation (2011)

Transition Beyond Oil, Peak Oil Vulnerability Report, Dunedin City Council (2010)

Transition Engineering, Institution of Engineering and Technology, Prestige Lecture (2010)