Location: UIC Richard J. Daley Library, Room 1-470 (801 S. Morgan St.)


Simone Kenkel dedicates her career to championing the built environment by focusing on renewable energy projects at the intersection of infrastructure and sustainability. Currently, she works for her family business, which focuses on emissions control technology targeting decarbonization in the transportation industry, and she is working on the scalable implementation of sustainable fuels in the Brazilian market. She brings more than 11 years of experience in managing 40+ renewable energy power generation projects, totaling over 3,000 MW from feasibility to construction phases both in developing and industrialized countries. She has managed the implementation of power plants with 331MW and coordinated US$650 MM contracts due diligence for the Brazilian energy and infrastructure market. Simone holds a B.Sc.Eng. Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a Master’s of Industrial Technology and Operations, concentration in Industrial Sustainability, from IIT School of Applied Technology, Chicago. She is also a UIC SISE fellow, where she won the First Prize for the collaborative research project in 2018. When not working, her favorite hobby is cooking new recipes, enjoying nature and swimming.