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Leadership Team

Gwen Holdmann
  • Gwen Holdmann
  • Director
  • Phone: (907) 474-5402 | Fax: (907) 474-5475
  • Office Location: Fairbanks, Alaska


Gwen is the founder and Director of the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, an applied energy research program based at the University of Alaska Fairbanks which focuses on community- scale fossil and renewable/alternative energy technologies. Specific areas of emphasis include power systems integration for microgrids, hydrokinetic energy, low temperature geothermal, and diesel efficiency.

Prior to joining the University of Alaska, Gwen worked in the private sector as a design engineer and project manager, including the design and construction of the only operating geothermal power plant in Alaska at Chena Hot Springs. This project received several awards including a R&D 100 award (R&D Magazine) and Project of the Year in the Renewable Energy Category (Power Engineering Magazine).

Gwen has been inducted into the Alaska Innovator’s Hall of Fame, and was selected as a member of Alaska’s Top Forty Under 40. In 2015-16, she served as a Fulbright Scholar as part of the Arctic Fulbright Initiative. Gwen lives in an off-grid home with her family and 35 dogs, using a combination of solar, wind, battery storage, diesel generation, and wood heat. She has competed in the Yukon Quest and Iditarod sleddog races.

For more information view Gwen's Researcher Showcase.

Presentations and Publications

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:

George Roe
  • George Roe
  • Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy Manager
  • Phone: (907) 888-2631 | Fax: (907) 474-5475
  • Office Location: Seattle, Washington


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.


Projects at ACEP:

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