Professor Krumdieck's research focuses on developing the engineering methods, innovative technologies and adaptive systems for curtailed fossil fuel consumption, improved environment and prosperous society. She is an expert in developing new ideas for dealing with oil supply issues in transportation systems and urban planning. She has been doing research in geothermal energy for 8 years. She is co-founder of the Global Association for Transition Engineering (GATE). Transition Engineering is an emerging field that works on energy transition projects for industry, business and the public sector.
Susan 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 been invited to Europe and the USA on numerous occasions to present research, teach and collaborate. She has worked with Professor Frank Kreith on the first energy engineering text with coverage of Transition Engineering. Current projects include electrification for remote traditional communities, energy transition of freight, urban form and commercial buildings. She is currently working on a text dedicated to energy transition engineering.
Professor Krumdieck has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers and two book chapters, supervised a total of 21 PhD student completions, and been awarded over $7M in research grants as principle investigator.