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Terry Chapin
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Steve Colt
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Ronnie Daanen
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Ginny Fay
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Rajive Ganguli
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Cathy Hanks
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Daisy Huang
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Projects at ACEP:

  • WiDAC Technical Liason
  • Biomass research
  • HVDC feasibility study
  • Green Machine project management

Daisy's Bio:

Living in a dry cabin in a city with one of the highest heating requirements and highest costs of energy in the world has made Daisy keenly aware of the need to use technology to increase energy efficiency and to develop local renewable energy sources. Daisy is happy to work on the forefront of renewable energy research in the challenging arctic environment. Daisy earned her PhD in mechanical engineering from UAF in 2013. Before that, she spent seven years designing mechanical components for the semiconductor and power control industries, in the Silicon Valley. She also has broad experience in materials selection and design-for-manufacture criteria. She completed her MS in mechanical engineering at Santa Clara University, and her BS in mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley.

Daisy enjoys skiing, hiking, backpacking, gardening, cooking, eating, reading, and hanging out with her retired sled dogs.

Chuen-Sen Lin
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Projects at ACEP:

  • Diesel Engine Test Bed

Ben Loeffler
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Bio:

Ben Loeffler was a Research Assistant at ACEP and served as a data analysis and reporting specialist for several Emerging Energy Technology Fund (EETF) and Renewable Energy Fund (REF) projects. His work focused on data collection, data management, and report writing. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech where he attained his BS and MS with his successful Master’s thesis focusing on developing an analytical model and numerical optimization of a single-phase thermosiphon for passive thermal management of power electronics.  As of July 2016 Ben was offered and accepted the position of Energy Management Engineer at the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Before his time with ACEP, Ben worked at the Extreme Tribology Lab at Georgia Tech as a research engineer and also at DHX Electric Machines, a startup company that develops novel internal combustion engines and electric machines.

Ben came to Alaska in 2015 to coach rowing, a pastime he picked up as an undergrad at Georgia Tech. He enjoys hiking, being outdoors, and cross country skiing.

Projects at ACEP:

  • Data analysis and reporting for ACEP's EETF and REF projects. 

Tom Marsik
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John McGlynn
  • John McGlynn
  • Affiliated Researcher
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John McGlynn, an Irish native, is an affiliated researcher with Alaska Center for Energy and Power – previously based in Chile and now in Orkney, northern Scotland. Mr. McGlynn has extensive previous international marine and distributed renewable energy experience having worked as Marine Energy Specialist with the Energy Innovation Center at the Inter-American Development (IDB) as well as Business and Project Development Manager with Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited.

Prior to joining the IDB Mr. McGlynn was heavily involved in securing over $14m funding for development and testing of Scotrenewables’ innovative marine energy technology as well as working to progress a variety of domestic and international commercial opportunities for the company including ‘Consent Agreement’  for a 30MW project. Mr. McGlynn holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin and a Msc. in Renewable Energy Development from Heriot Watt University.

Arthur Nash
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Projects at ACEP:

  • Woody Biomass Crops for Interior Alaska

Rorik Peterson
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Projects at ACEP:

  • Wind Power Grid Integration Modeling
  • Preservation of Traditional Ice Cellars in Permafrost

Anupma Prakash
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Projects at ACEP:

  • Geothermal Assessment Techniques

 

Bill Schnabel
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Tobias Schwörer
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Bio:

I've been working at ISER since 2001. My principal research interests are:

    • Applied economic analysis related to resource management
    • Human dimensions of sustainable systems
    • Economics of ecosystem services, including invasive species, tourism, and recreation.

My research explores inter-disciplinary topics. I frequently collaborate with natural scientists and resource managers to apply economic analysis for solving resource management issues. My quantitative research methods include consumer surveys, discrete choice modeling, simulation modeling, risk and decision analysis, Bayesian statistical analysis, and input-output modeling. For expert elicitation such as the quantification of Traditional Ecological Knowledge, I use cross-disciplinary methods including discrete choice experiments, in-depth interviews, and focus groups. 

My current research includes quantitative risk analysis of an aquatic invasive plant with probabilistic expert elicitation and valuation of ecosystem services threatened by aquatic invasions. 

In the past, I analyzed alternative energy options and collaborated with Alaska's remote rural communities on improving isolated utility systems. As a consulting economist, I used regional input-output models to measure the economic significance of Alaska's oil and gas, mining, and tourism industries, and analyzed the economic importance of Alaska's Native corporations. 

Funding for my research has come from public and private organizations such as the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund, and Alaska SeaGrant.

Projects at ACEP:

  • NSF - Coupled Natural Human Systems
    PI: Brinkman and Chapin

Antony Scott
  • Antony Scott
  • Commercial Manager
  • Alaska LNG

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Bio:

Dr. Antony Scott first came to Alaska in 2000 to serve as chief economist at the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, then managed the Commercial Section of the Division of Oil and Gas within the State Department of Natural Resources, and was charged with maximizing economic value associated with the State’s $2 billion in annual oil and gas royalty income.   Dr. Scott finds Alaska an amazing place, a remarkable experiment ongoing to sustain and maintain traditional cultures while fostering reasonably sustainable modern industrial communities.

Projects at ACEP:

  • At the heart of Dr. Scott’s research is finding a better mechanism design for policy.  Current research projects include diesel fuel price modeling, enabling private and public energy dollars to be better targeted as Alaska’s rural communities face high diesel prices and a variety of causal factors including transport time and limited competition.

Andrew Seitz
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Diwaker Vadapalli
Richard Wies
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Haley McIntyre
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Projects at ACEP:

  • Graduate Certificate Environmental Regulations and Permitting
  • Global Applications Program