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Gwen Holdmann More

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.

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Nickole Conley
  • Nickole Conley
  • Deputy Director of Operations
  • Phone: (907) 474-5402 | Fax:
  • nlconley@alaska.edu
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Bio:

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.

Marcia Cassino
  • Marcia Cassino
  • Program Assistant
  • Phone: (907) 474-5402 | Fax: (907) 474-5475
  • mcassino@alaska.edu
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Projects at ACEP:

  • Assistance with Project Administration
  • Travel and Procurement Coordinator
  • Administrative Assistant to Research Manager

Bio:

Marcia Cassino has recently joined the Alaska Center for Energy and Power Team as a Program Assistant. She has 13 years of experience as an administrative assistant. Her main focus will be to assist with project administration, travel and procurement, and provide administrative assistance to the Research Manager.  

Marcia came to Alaska in 2006, when the military blessed her husband with orders to Eielson Air Force Base. She loves Alaska and has a passion for hunting, fishing, camping, and all that the great outdoors has to offer. She often volunteers in the community to include co-chairing the post-celebration at Pioneer Park for STOMP (Salute to Our Military Parade), Fairbanks Community Food Bank, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska and Santa Clearing House. She loves spending time with her family and friends. Marcia has been married to David Cassino for 24 years and has 4 grown daughters and 8 grandchildren with her 9th grandchild on the way. 

Paul Duvoy More

Projects at ACEP:

  • Alaska Hydrokinetic Energy Research Center

Bio:

Paul earned a M.Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering at UAF in December 2010. He also holds an Engineering Degree in Systems Engineering from National Technological University in Argentina.

At ACEP his work focuses on the numerical and analytical modeling for hydrokinetic resources assessment and debris mitigation, field measurements and data analysis. He also conducts research modeling for discrete element simulation of geotechnical problems on Mars and the Moon at INE.

Paul lives in Fairbanks with his wife Andrea and their two-year old son Gérard. When not working, Paul’s interests include astronomy, French cinema, philosophy, and photography.

Publications:

  • Duvoy, P., and Toniolo, H. (2012). HYDROKAL: A Module for In-stream Hydrokinetic Resource Assessment. Computers & Geosciences, 39 (February): 171–181. doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2011.06.016.
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S009830041100207X
  • Johnson, J.B., Toniolo, H., Seitz, A.C., Schmid, J., and Duvoy, P. (2013). Characterization of the Tanana River at Nenana, Alaska, to Determine the Important Factors Affecting Site Selection, Deployment, and Operation of Hydrokinetic Devices to Generate Power. Alaska Center for Energy and Power, Alaska Hydrokinetic Energy Research Center, Fairbanks, AK, 130 pp.
    http://www.uaf.edu/files/acep/2013_8_8_HKD_report_with_appendices.pdf
  • Toniolo, H., Duvoy, P., Vanlesberg, S., and Johnson, J. (2010). Modelling and field measurements in support of the hydrokinetic resource assessment for the Tanana River at Nenana, Alaska. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy, 224(8) (December 1): 1127–1139. doi:10.1243/09576509JPE1017.
    http://www.uaf.edu/files/acep/Toniolo_et_al_2010_Tanana.pdf

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Max Frey
  • Max Frey
  • Program Assistant
  • Phone: (907) 474-1143 | Fax: (907) 474-5475
  • mefrey@alaska.edu
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Bio:

Max Frey was born and raised in the Matanuska Susitna Valley of Alaska.  He came to Fairbanks to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he studied business and attained his bachelor’s degree in Administration with an emphasis on Marketing and a minor in the German language. He has professional experience in renewable energy concepts, administration, and event organization.

Max ’s role at ACEP is Program Assistant.  He is taking over the final stages of management of the Pilgrim Hot Springs Project from Markus Mager and he is a hard working member of the ACEP Outreach Program Team.

Max Frey is happily married to a beautiful woman named Alina as of September, 2012 and lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Daisy Huang
  • Daisy Huang
  • Research Engineer
  • Phone: (907) 474-5663 | Fax: (907) 474-5475
  • dhuang@alaska.edu
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Projects at ACEP:

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

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.

Curriculum Vitae

Thomas Johnson More

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David Light More

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Bio:

Joined ACEP in July of 2011 from a career in the rural power industry. Employed most recently by Alaska Power & Telephone Co. designing, installing, and servicing remote diesel power plants throughout the interior and southeast. Worked on the Eagle AK  Yukon river hydrokinetic turbine pilot project. Previously in Alaska was employed by N.C. Machinery Co. Caterpillar Power Systems as the Fairbanks branch Service Manager following many years as a field technician, and engineer in remote communities as well as the Prudhoe Bay oil industry. Prior to moving to Alaska was also employed by Caterpillar in New York, and the New England area beginning in 1983 working on large standby, and mining industry power generation systems. My home is in the Gold Stream Valley, and I greatly enjoy my time in Alaska taking advantage of all of its outdoor activities.

Current Projects:

  • Current position as project manager for the Energy Technology Facility.  Involved in the design, construction and development of our testing laboratories on the UAF campus.
  • Actively involved in research programs including diesel engine technology, energy storage systems, wind diesel integration, and advanced control systems.
  • Support of hydrokinetic research, and development projects.

Heike Merkel
  • Heike Merkel
  • Data Manager
  • Phone: (907) 474-1145 | Fax: (907) 474-5475
  • hmerkel@alaska.edu
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Projects at ACEP:

  • Data Acquisition and Analysis

Bio:

Heike moved to Alaska in 1996 after graduating from an engineering school in Germany with a bachelor’s degree in structural engineering. After enjoying all Alaska has to offer for a few years and learning how to operate a saw mill, ski on glaciers, and kayak wild rivers, she went back to school and graduated with a MS in civil engineering from UAA in 2001. That was followed by more graduate work at UAF and a MS in Geophysics in 2009. She subsequently worked in institutional research and learned how to navigate the university Oracle database. Since January 2013, Heike is the data manager for the Alaska Center for Energy and Power and is responsible for quality control of incoming data and is currently working on the set up of an online database for the Alaska Wind-Diesel Applications Center. In her free time, Heike enjoys various outdoor activities and traveling.

Jason Meyer
  • Jason Meyer
  • Data Collection & Management Program Manager
  • Phone: (907) 272-1521 | Fax: (907) 474-5475
  • jason.meyer@alaska.edu
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Bio:

Jason's professional expertise is sustainable energy and international development, with a focus on emerging energy technology, alternative and renewable energy systems, and applied energy research. Jason is the program manager for the Data Collection & Management Program. 

Jason has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Colorado State University, and a MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Vanuatu, and has worked for the State Department in Fiji and BP in Alaska.

Presentations and Publications

Melody Moen
  • Melody Cavanaugh-Moen
  • Outreach and Marketing Manager
  • Phone: (907) 978-0693 | Fax: (907) 474-5475
  • melody.moen@alaska.edu
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Projects at ACEP:

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

Jack Schmid
  • Jack Schmid
  • Research Engineer
  • Phone: (907) 474-5432 | Fax: (907) 474-5475
  • jwschmid@alaska.edu
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Bio:

Presentations and Publications

  • Assessment of the Tanana River (Nenana, AK) for Hydrokinetic Turbine Operations (2010 Alaska Rural Energy Conference Presentation, Community Energy Lecture Series Presentation)

Antony Scott
  • Antony Scott
  • Senior Economist and Energy Analyst
  • Phone: (907) 272-1520 | Fax: (907) 748-8915
  • agscott@alaska.edu
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Projects at ACEP:

  • Energy Options for Fairbanks (Economic Analysis):

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Lesli Walls
  • Lesli Walls
  • Research Grant Manager
  • Phone: (907) 474-1930 | Fax: (907) 474-5475
  • ljwalls@alaska.edu
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Projects at ACEP:

  • Management of ACEP research awards

Bio:

Lesli Walls joins the Alaska Center for Energy and Power as Grant Manager for ACEP research awards. She has over 11 years experience and her main focus is in post award research administration and compliance management.  

Lesli is a lifelong Alaskan who is raising her 2 sons to have a love of all that Alaska can offer. She has a strong affection of photography, reading and trying to learn something new every day.

Dominique Pride
  • Dominique Pride
  • Research Assistant
  • Phone: (907)-474-7689 | Fax: (907)-474-5475
  • djpride@alaska.edu
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Projects at ACEP:

Economic Model of Rural Fuel Pricing

Bio:

Dominique Pride Resume

Nick Konefal More
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Brendan Babb More

Projects at ACEP:

  • Data Collection & Management

Bio:

Brendan has a background in software development and computer programming.  His experience includes developing several quality software solutions for project tracking, Sarbanes-Oxley audit analysis and preparation, and a Ruby on Rails student management system. His broad experience also includes researching methods for improving Mars Rover image compression,  predictive analytics, civic innovation using open data, and other distinguished accomplishments. In addition to his duties with ACEP in helping to process and analyze large data sets, he is a Research Technician for Complex Systems at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Luis Miranda More

Projects at ACEP:

Power Systems Integration: Luis will be developing and perfecting models for each individual component of our Energy Technology Testing Facilities, ensuring their future compatibility and reliability when exposed to different scenarios.

Bio:

Work experience:
Luis completed a Master’s degree at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, in Electrical Engineering and Computers, specializing in Automation.
He is most proficient with Matlab, Simulink and C++.
In his thesis, Luis implemented an adaptive control algorithm based in Locally Weighted Projection Regression (LWPR) using Matlab.

Areas of interest:
Machine Learning, Adaptive control, Complex Models, Parallel Computing, Computer Vision.

Kara Moore More

Projects at ACEP:

  • Website Content

Bio:

Kara is a graduate of UAF most recently in 2011 with her Masters in Natural Resources Management & Geography.  After working in land management Kara found her way to ACEP and is happily working away on website needs. 

Photo Courtesy of Annie Miebs, Natural Photography.