Kale Harbick studied computer science and robotics at the University of Southern California, earning a Ph.D. in 2008. He researched crater detection for Mars landers and autonomous helicopters at NASA-JPL, before shifting his career focus to energy. Kale taught many courses in physics and energy management for over 10 years. He managed a program at Oregon Department of Energy which implemented energy efficiency measures in over 800 K-12 schools. For five years he performed research in the CEA group at Cornell focusing on optimizing environmental controls and modeling of energy and light, and continues research in these areas in his current position as a scientist at USDA-ARS.