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Gwen Holdmann
  • Gwen Holdmann
  • Director
  • gwen.holdmann@alaska.edu
  • Phone: (907) 888-2147 | Fax: (907) 474-5475
  • Office Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
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Bio:

Gwen is the Director of the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP), which is an applied energy research program based at the University of Alaska Fairbanks focusing on both fossil and renewable/alternative energy technologies. ACEP is a highly interdisciplinary program with over 30 affiliated faculty spanning a wide range of energy-related disciplines.

Prior to joining the University of Alaska, Gwen served as the Vice President of New Development at Chena Hot Springs Resort near Fairbanks. While at Chena, Gwen oversaw the construction of the first geothermal power plant in the state, in addition to numerous other innovative energy projects ranging from hydrogen production to cooling a 10,000ft2 ice museum year-round using 150°F hot water.

Gwen moved to Alaska in 1994, shortly after graduating from Bradley University with a degree in Physics and Mechanical Engineering. Gwen is the mother of three children – Leif, Marais, and Lael. She is married to Iditarod and Yukon Quest musher Ken Anderson, and the couple maintain a kennel of about 50 dogs outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. They live off grid in a house they built themselves, and generate their own power through a combination of solar PV, wind, and diesel generator.

Gwen has been the recipient of several awards throughout her career, including an R&D 100 award, Project of the Year from Power Engineering Magazine, the Alaska Top 40 Under 40 Award.

For more information view Gwen's Researcher Showcase.

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Brent Sheets
  • Brent Sheets
  • Deputy Director
  • bjsheets2@alaska.edu
  • Phone: (907) 888-2547 | Fax: (907) 474-5475
  • Office Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Nickole Conley
  • Nickole Conley
  • Deputy Director of Operations
  • nlconley@alaska.edu
  • Phone: (907) 474-5626 | Fax: (907) 474-7041
  • Office Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
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Nickole joined UAF in 2003. She has been in the College of Engineering and Mines (CEM) since 2005 where she served as the CEM Chief Financial Officer. Nickole also currently holds the position of Business Director at the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization (OIPC). She is currently working on finishing her BBA at UAF in hopes to persue her masters. Outside of work and finishing her degree she loves the outdoors, traveling and spending time with her family.

Melody Moen
  • Melody Cavanaugh-Moen
  • Outreach and Marketing Manager
  • melody.moen@alaska.edu
  • Phone: (907) 978-0693 | Fax: (907) 786-7739
  • Office Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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Projects at ACEP:

  • Community Energy Lecture Series
  • Alaska Rural Energy Conference
  • ACEP Outreach and Events

Erin Whitney
  • Erin Whitney
  • Research Faculty, Data Collection & Management Program Manager
  • erin.whitney@alaska.edu
  • Phone: (907) 799-6724 | Fax: (907) 786-7739
  • Office Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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Dr. Erin Whitney holds the position of Research Assistant Professor and serves as the Program Manager of the Data Collection and Management Program (DC&M) at ACEP. As DC&M’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

Marc Mueller-Stoffels
  • Marc Mueller-Stoffels
  • Research Assistant Professor, UAF Institute of Northern Engineering | Power Systems Integration Program Director, ACEP
  • mmuellerstoffels@alaska.edu
  • Phone: (907) 888-2368 | Fax: (907) 474-5475
  • Office Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
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Dr. Marc Mueller-Stoffels is a Research Assistant Professor with the UAF Institute of Northern Engineering and the Director of the Power Systems Integration (PSI) Program at ACEP. As the Director of the PSI Program, Marc has led the development of a laboratory capable of emulating a remote islanded microgrid at up to 500 kW power levels. This lab, located in ACEP’s Energy Technology Facility at UAF, is the culmination of four years of work and commenced with Marc’s appointment as a Postdoctoral Fellow and continued through his appointment as Research Assistant Professor. Other project work Marc is engaged in includes support for the development of the Alaska Affordable Energy Strategy and as a co-lead on the Alaska Center for Microgrid Technologies Commercialization. The latter is a project funded by the US Economic Development Administration and was mentioned in an official White House public memo.

Before his work with ACEP, Marc was the chairman/owner and software developer of Evolve:IT, Complex Systems Solutions LLC located in Liverpool in the United Kingdom. He moved to Alaska in 2007 to pursue a PhD in Nonlinear Physics at UAF after completing a MS degree in physics from Otago University in Dunedin in New Zealand. His dissertation at UAF was focused on the development of a regional scale climate model to better understand the stable states of the Arctic sea ice cover. Notable awards and honors of Marc’s include Institute of Northern Engineering Innovation Award (UAF), Committee for Global Student Grant Competition Award (UAF), Physics Teaching Assistant of the Year Award (UAF), and a graduate student award (Otago University).

Until recently, Marc and his wife, Megan, lived in a self-built timber frame cabin in the hills north of Fairbanks. Their property was off the grid and they produced 60% of their electricity needs from PV panels and heated their home entirely with locally sourced wood.

For more information view Marc's Researcher Showcase.

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

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George Roe
  • George Roe
  • Research Professor, ACEP | Research Professor, Institute of Northern Engineering
  • gmroe@alaska.edu
  • Phone: (206) 454-9189 | Fax: (907) 474-5475
  • Office Location: Seattle, Washington
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George Roe is a research professor affiliated with ACEP and the Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His areas of research emphasize energy management in relation to sustainable community development, stranded renewables, and exploring energy opportunities for sustainable maritime development. Others areas include microgrids, energy storage (thermal and electrical), low-grade thermal energy utilization, energy efficiency, and waste-to-energy systems. Current projects include the Alaska Center for Microgrid Technologies Commercialization, the Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy, and the Georgetown University Energy Prize.

Before joining ACEP in 2013, George worked for 35 years at Boeing, serving in both engineering and management capacities on multiple company, industry and government-funded research, development, and integration projects (e.g., thermal management, vehicle subsystems, crew protection, energy harvesting, energy storage, alternative energy). In addition, George has been an Adjunct Professor at Seattle Pacific University since 2009, teaching courses within its General Engineering and Appropriate and Sustainable Engineering programs. He holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington.

For more information view George's Researcher Showcase.

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