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Jeremy Kasper
  • Jeremy Kasper
  • Deputy Director | Director, Alaska Hydrokinetic Energy Research Center | Research Assistant Professor, Institute of Northern Engineering | Co-Director, Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center
  • Phone: (907) 888-2534 | Fax: (907) 474-7041
  • Office Location: Fairbanks, Alaska


Dr. Jeremy Kasper is a Research Assistant Professor with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Institute of Northern Engineering and is the Director of the Alaska Hydrokinetic Energy Research Center (AHERC) at ACEP. Jeremy leads AHERC and its team of researchers as they conduct environmental and technical studies evaluating available hydrokinetic energy resources, approaches to anchoring hydrokinetic infrastructure and debris mitigation, and other issues pertinent to developing an Alaska hydrokinetic power industry. Jeremy’s current project work includes an in-situ and modeling based assessment of wave energy in the nearshore zone off of Yakutat, Alaska and a long-term oceanographic monitoring program in the Alaskan Beaufort Sea.

Prior to his work with ACEP, Jeremy was a postdoctoral investigator with the Department of Physical Oceanography at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He holds a PhD in Oceanography from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a BA in Physics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Jeremy also currently serves as the Co-Director of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC).

Jeremy thoroughly enjoys his work and likes being around bodies of water, whether they are frozen or liquid.

For more information view Jeremy's Researcher Showcase.

Projects at ACEP:

Steve Colt


Steve Colt is a research professor of energy economics and policy at ACEP. He is working primarily on the Office of Naval Research ARCTIC project, looking at the roles of prices, incentives, and energy policy in supporting and accelerating a shift toward sustainable and resilient microgrids and energy systems. He is particularly interested in better understanding heat and transportation energy use in Alaska so that these end use sectors can be full partners in utilizing local renewable energy resources.

Prior to joining ACEP, Steve spent 32 years as an economist at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He served as ISER director from 2007 to 2010. He holds B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Williams College and MIT, respectively. While at ISER he led Alaska’s first major end use electricity demand study, conducted numerous screening and cost-benefit analyses, and built several energy planning and project analysis models tailored to small Alaska communities. He has also worked for public utility commissions in Maine and California.

Projects at ACEP:

ONR and the Fort Wainwright energy assessment formally titled “Secure and Resilient Power Generation in Cold RegionEnvironments"
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Dominique Pride
  • Dominique Pride
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow
  • Phone: (907) 888-2613 | Fax:
  • Office Location: Fairbanks. Alaska


As engineers chip away at the technical challenges of developing wind, solar, biomass, and other energy resources, Post-doctoral Fellow, Dominique Pride, is focused on the numbers. Pride has been studying the economic side of energy issues at ACEP since 2009. In 2017 she completed her Ph.D. on the value of energy efficiency in the real estate market. Now she is studying pathways to expanding renewable energy across the state, specifically looking at which factors make these projects successful in certain communities and which factors stand in the way. Pride’s background in economics adds critical depth to ACEP, as energy systems need to be not only technically viable but also cost-effective in order to be adopted.

Mariko Shirazi
  • Mariko Shirazi
  • President’s Professor in Energy
  • Phone: (907) 474-5402 | Fax:
Erin Whitney
  • Erin Whitney
  • Research Faculty, Data Collection & Analysis Program Manager
  • Phone: (907) 799-6724 | Fax: (907) 786-7739
  • Office Location: Anchorage, Alaska


Dr. Erin Whitney holds the position of Research Assistant Professor and serves as the Program Manager of the Data Collection and Analysis Program (DC&A) at ACEP. As DC&A’s program lead, Erin supports ACEP’s research with her team of highly trained and experienced research staff and faculty in the collection and management of critical technical performance data from remote and isolated energy systems. Her current project work focuses on research into the performance and integration of solar photovoltaic technologies in remote Arctic environments, as well as the development of a statewide solar photovoltaic installation performance survey and database. She manages data collection and analysis for the state's Emerging Energy Technology Fund (EETF) and Renewable Energy Fund (REF) programs, and recently led ACEP's work on the Alaska Affordable Energy Strategy with respect to technology-specific energy developments for Alaska.

Before her time working with ACEP, Erin spent almost a decade as a staff scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) working in next generation solar photovoltaics, energy analysis, energy storage, electrochromic windows, and vehicular hydrogren storage. Erin holds a BA in Chemistry from Williams College in Massachusetts and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Colorado.

Erin grew up in Anchorage and is happy to be back home. She enjoys commuting to work via bicycle, aspires to be a bluegrass cellist, and relishes extreme wilderness adventures with her family.

For more information view Erin's Researcher Showcase.

Projects at ACEP:

  • Research into performance and integration of solar photovoltaic technologies in remote, Arctic environments
  • Development of state solar photovoltaic installation performance survey and database, best-practices handbook, and various outreach activities, including ARENA webinars
  • ACEP project manager for Alaska Affordable Energy Strategy effort to identify technology-specific development needs for AEA
  • Railbelt utility studies
  • Data collection and analysis for Emerging Energy Technology Fund (EETF) and Renewable Energy Fund (REF) projects
  • Research into photovoltaic performance and potential in Alaska

Dave Denkenberger
Daisy Huang

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.

Tom Marsik

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