Dre Helmns

Dre Helmns

Visiting Faculty


Dre Helmns (they/them) is an assistant professor at Harvey Mudd College and visiting faculty at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, working to develop decarbonized space conditioning and water heating systems that incorporate heat pumps, thermal energy storage, evaporative cooling, and waste heat recovery components. Specifically, they use physics-based modeling of thermal equipment to enable innovative design and optimal operation of integrated energy systems for buildings and districts. As a queer and trans scholar and educator, Dre aspires to transform the culture of engineering by cultivating inclusive learning environments and making space for new leaders, while contributing to sustainable solutions for our climate crisis.


Mechanical Engineering, BS, Loyola Marymount University, 2015
Mechanical Engineering, MS, University of California, Berkeley, 2016
Mechanical Engineering, PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2019