Kay Aikin is CEO and co-founder of Introspective Systems and Speaker at the 2019 IEEE Women in Engineering Leadership Conference. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with one of the first sustainability engineering degrees in the country, spending her career as an energy engineer, architectural designer, and business development executive. Kay’s expertise includes reconciling diverse requirements, engineering feasibility, and budgetary limitations to ensure projects are both cost-effective and sustainable. With her co-founder Dr. Caryl Johnson, over 4 years they studied complex systems design related to integrating Distributed Energy Resources into the electrical grid. With Dr. Johnson, she helped design their patented xGraph platform as the first independent, modular service architecture for collaborative AI, used in the electrical grid, distributing control to the grid edge. With 25 years as an entrepreneur in the renewable industry, she has experience in founding and running design/build construction companies, managing multi-million dollar sales forces, and business and market development consulting and now complex software systems.