Dr. Obringer is an assistant professor with the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, where her research focuses on leveraging data science methods to better understand the impact of weather and climate on critical infrastructure systems. She is particularly interested in studying climate change impacts to interdependent infrastructure systems (e.g., water-energy nexus). Obringer is also a faculty associate in the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in environmental and ecological engineering from Purdue University and a B.S. in environmental engineering from Ohio State University. Prior to working at Penn State, Obringer was a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) within the University of Maryland.
- Obringer, R., Nateghi, R., Maia-Silva, D., Mukherjee, S., CR, V., McRoberts, D.B., and Kumar, R. (2022) Implications of increasing household air conditioning use across the United States under a warming climate, Earth’s Future.
- Obringer, R. and Nateghi, R. (2021) What makes a city ‘smart' in the Anthropocene? A critical review of smart cities under climate change, Sustainable Cities and Society.
- Obringer, R., Kumar, R., and Nateghi, R. (2020) Managing the water-electricity demand nexus in a warming climate, Climatic Change.
- Obringer, R., Mukherjee, S., and Nateghi, R. (2020) Evaluating the climate sensitivity of coupled electricity-natural gas demand using a multivariate framework, Applied Energy.
- Obringer, R., Kumar, R., and Nateghi, R. (2019) Analyzing the climate sensitivity of the coupled water-electricity demand nexus in the Midwestern United States, Applied Energy.