Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson, MBA, has almost 30 years of experience in energy and business strategy and decision-making. He is Managing Director of Research and Collaboration at Rocky Mountain Institute, working across all energy use sectors to set strategy and priorities and develop RMI capabilities and partnerships. He leads day-to-day activities in the Institute’s Buildings practice, with a focus on new, high-efficiency residential strategies, and on retrofits, redevelopments, and efficiency upgrades in nonresidential building stock. Key projects include building science and modeling, improving work processes, lowering risks and improving financeability, and shaping and executing leading-edge projects. Mr. Hutchinson also runs RMI’s Transportation and Industrial Practices, focusing at present on platform fitness/lightweighting and electric vehicle infrastructure issues, and select heavy industrial process transformations. He was also a coauthor on RMI’s forthcoming book, Reinventing Fire, about strategies to dramatically reduce US fossil fuel use over the next 40 years.
Prior to working at RMI, Mr. Hutchinson was involved in the Colorado and California clean-tech venture capital businesses. Previously he was a partner and director with the Boston Consulting Group for almost 20 years, where he focused on global businesses, infrastructure industries, technology, and finance. He was involved in starting two practices (Energy and IT) and three offices (Mexico, Washington DC, and Brazil) during his tenure, and worked on five continents. Prior to BCG, Mr. Hutchinson was a program manager in energy conversion at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, working for two years in Washington, providing direct support to the DOE on conservation and renewables programs. Mr. Hutchinson has an MBA and an MS in mechanical engineering from Stanford, did post-graduate work at Cambridge University as a Churchill Scholar, and graduated in mechanical engineering and mathematics from Vanderbilt University.