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Cristina Botero

Postdoctoral Appointee - Energy Systems Engineer


Cristina Botero is a post-doctoral appointee in the Global Energy Solutions group of Argonne’s Energy Systems division, where she is conducting research on the planning and operation of energy infrastructure worldwide to support energy resiliency and high penetration of renewables.  

Cristina has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a Dipl.-Ing. (BS/MS) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany.  She has a passion for sustainable energy and is interested in accelerating its deployment worldwide by influencing technology, strategy, and policy. Her area of expertise is the multi-scale modeling, optimization, and techno-economic assessment of renewable and fossil-based energy systems. Prior to coming to Argonne, Cristina held multiple roles with Tesla, BP, MIT, and GE, focusing on diverse technologies including oil refining, carbon capture, power generation, biofuels, and energy storage. In addition to a research background, Cristina brings hands-on manufacturing experience at BP’s largest oil refinery in Indiana and at Tesla’s battery Gigafactory in Nevada.

Cristina has received multiple technical awards for outstanding research in the US and Germany including MIT’s Wunsch Foundation Silent Hoist and Crane Award (2013), MIT de Florez Engineering Science Award (2010), Best Student Paper Award at the International Conference for Clean Coal and Fuel Systems (2012, 2013), Germany’s Georg Kurlbaum Award (2008) and VDI-Association of German Engineers-Award (2007). Furthermore, she has been recognized by Industry on several occasions for her leadership skills, e.g. she was nominated to participate in BP’s Diversity Talent Program (2018), named BP Whiting Refinery’s Leadership Team Facilitator (2017), and received the GE Global Research EPT Rookie of the Year Award (2008).

Cristina has Colombian roots and was raised in Colombia. She enjoys traveling, skiing, languages, and any excuse to be outdoors and to meet people from different backgrounds.