Gwen Holdmann

Director of the Alaska Center for Energy and Power,
University of Alaska Fairbanks

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 an 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, was selected as a member of Alaska’s Top Forty Under 40, and is a former Arctic Fulbright Scholar. She is the mother to three children, ages 10 (twins) and 8, and has competed in the Yukon Quest and Iditarod sleddog races.