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Jeremy Kasper
  • Jeremy Kasper
  • Deputy Director | Co-director of Pacific Marine Energy Center
  • Phone: (907) 888-2534 | Fax: (907) 474-7041
  • Office Location: Fairbanks, Alaska


Jeremy Kasper is a research associate professor and the ACEP deputy director of research and co-director of the Pacific Marine Energy Center at UAF.

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

Projects at ACEP:

Phylicia Cicilio
  • Phylicia Cicilio
  • Research Assistant Professor
  • Office Location: Fairbanks


Phylicia Cicilio brings much-needed power system modeling expertise to ACEP and will be leading these efforts for ACEP's U.S. Department of Energy’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, “Development and Validation of Models to Assess Dynamic Response of Converter-Dominated Power Systems across Multiple Spatiotemporal Scales,” as well as a DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy project, “Rapidly Viable and Sustained Grid.”

Cicilio will focus on power systems modeling of converter-based systems, microgrids, and large electrical grids across numerous time scales. She has a varied background in power systems, having spent time at Peak Reliability (former Western Interconnect Reliability Coordinator), ISO New England, OnePower Africa while completing her PhD at Oregon State University, and her most recent position as a graduate fellow at Idaho National Laboratory.

Cicilio is excited to start playing baritone saxophone in the Fairbanks music community and enjoy backpacking and bikepacking in the area.

Current Projects;

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
  • Research Assistant Professor
  • Phone: (907) 888-2613 | Fax:
  • Office Location: Fairbanks. Alaska


Dominique Pride is a research assistant professor at ACEP. Her research areas include energy and environmental economics and applied microeconomics. Her main research interests include residential energy efficiency and energy demand.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Marshall University. Her master’s degree in resource and applied economics and doctoral degree in natural resources and sustainability are from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her dissertation focused on the value of energy efficiency in Alaska’s residential real estate markets.

Dominique is leading the pump monitoring apparatus (PuMA) fuel meter project to collect residential heating fuel use data in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. She is also working on the Office of Naval Research ARCTIC project, estimating the willingness to pay for wind energy in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and is examining pathways to expand renewable energy across the state.

Projects at ACEP:

  • PuMA fuel meter
  • Office of Naval Research ARCTIC project
  • U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) “Secure and Resilient Power Generation in Cold Region Environments”

Mariko Shirazi
  • Mariko Shirazi
  • President’s Professor in Energy
  • Phone: (907) 474-5402 | Fax:


Mariko Shirazi received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, in 1996 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2007 and 2009. From 1996 to 2004, she was an engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) National Wind Technology Center, where she was involved in the design and deployment of wind-diesel hybrid power systems for village power applications. From 2009 to 2017, she was with the Power Systems Engineering Center, NREL, where she was involved in the design and construction of power electronics for microgrid applications and was also detailed for two years to assist with the design and commissioning of NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility. Mariko currently serves as the President’s Professor of Energy for the University of Alaska, where she is interested in bridging power electronics and power systems research to understand the performance of converter-dominated microgrids.

Projects at ACEP:

  • Alaska Center for Microgrid Technologies Commercialization
  • Alaska Microgrid Innovation and Commercialization
  • Grid Dynamics Emulator and Flexible Engine Test Stand for Hybrid-Diesel Microgrids
  • St. Mary’s microgrid project
  • Connecting Alaska Remote Villages using Medium Voltage Intertie System
  • A High Voltage High-Reliability Scalable Architecture for Electric Vehicle Power Electronics
  • Utility-Scale Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) of Wind Power in Alaska
  • Planning Grant: Engineering Research Center for the Arctic 2050: Preparing for human displacement at the climate change frontline
  • Alaska Regional Collaboration for Technology Innovation and Commercialization
  • Rapidly Viable and Sustained Grid Ancillary Services
  • Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) at ACEP
  • Development and Validation of Models to Assess Dynamic Response of Converter-Dominated Power Systems across Multiple Spatiotemporal Scales

Erin Whitney
  • Erin Whitney
  • Research Faculty, Data Collection & Analysis Program Manager, Solar Technologies Program Manager
  • Phone: (907) 799-6724 | Fax: (907) 786-7739
  • Office Location: Anchorage, Alaska


Erin Whitney holds the position of research assistant professor and serves as the program manager of the Solar Technologies Program as well as the Data Collection and Analysis Program at ACEP. Her research focuses on 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. As a 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. She has managed data collection and analysis for the state's Emerging Energy Technology Fund and Renewable Energy Fund programs, and led ACEP's work on the Alaska Affordable Energy Strategy with respect to technology-specific energy developments for Alaska.

Before working with ACEP, Erin spent almost a decade as a staff scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 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, enjoys learning to play new musical instruments, and relishes wilderness adventures with her friends and family.

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


David Denkenberger received his B.S. from Penn State in engineering science, his masters from Princeton in mechanical and aerospace engineering, and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in the Building Systems Program. His dissertation was on his patented expanded microchannel heat exchanger. He is an assistant professor at University of Alaska Fairbanks with a joint appointment in mechanical engineering and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power. He co-founded the Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED). He received the National Merit Scholarship, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, is a Penn State distinguished alumnus, and is a registered professional engineer.

David has authored or co-authored 98 publications (>1600 citations, >50,000 downloads, h-index = 19), including two books. His food work has been published in 25 countries in over 200 articles, including Science, Wikipedia, Discovery Channel Online News, Gizmodo,, and Science Daily. He has given interviews on the podcast 80,000 Hours, Estonian Public Radio, WGBH Radio in Boston and WCAI Radio on Cape Cod. He has given over 100 technical presentations.

Before he came to UAF, David did energy efficiency consulting for five years in Durango, Colorado, and taught architectural engineering at Tennessee State University in Nashville for three years.

Projects at ACEP:

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


Tom Marsik is an associate professor of sustainable energy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Bristol Bay Campus and ACEP. He has a joint position with the Cold Climate Housing Research Center, where he serves as the research director. He is passionate about research and education in the areas of energy and sustainability, and uses the synergies of his joint position to benefit people in Alaska and beyond. His passion is reflected in honors, including Alaska’s Top Forty Under 40 award and a recognition from the World Record Academy for designing and constructing the world’s tightest residential building on record. Tom has an M.S. in electrical engineering from the Czech Technical University in Prague and a Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has numerous publications and has served on high-profile committees, including Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s transition team and its consumer energy subcommittee.

Projects at ACEP:

  • Sustainable energy education
  • Air source heat pump performance analysis
  • Linear LED market assessment
  • Vacuum insulation
  • Arctic dual hood for heat recovery ventilation