Our founder and CEO, Dr. William (Bill) Burke, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Controls, Energy, and Machine Learning. His dissertation examines how to control thousands of thermostats to benefit both homeowners and utilities. As a builder and engineer, Bill sees the massive opportunity for utilities to manage their loads and engage their customers through the IoT and connected in-home devices.
A Kentucky native, Bill left the Bay Area to bring his family back home to work as an advanced systems engineer for GE developing high-performance residential energy management software. He started Virtual Peaker in 2015 with its first client, Glasgow (Kentucky) Electric Plant, and now the SaaS company has expanded to become a global leader in demand response programs. The team at Virtual Peaker is fun-loving, smart, and full of energy, and Bill is thrilled to be based in Louisville, an emerging tech hub with enormous talent and potential.