Gwen Holdmann

Gwen Holdmann

Senior Researcher
UAF Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation & Industry Partnerships

Phone: 907-474-5402 (ACEP office)
Fax: 907-474-5475 (ACEP office)


  • Alternative Fuel
  • Decarbonization
  • Energy Education, Interns and Workforce
  • Energy Transitions
  • Geothermal
  • Greenhouse Gas Inventories
  • Hydrogen
  • Microgrids
  • Nuclear
  • Organic Rankine Cycle
  • Policy and Global Applications
  • Railbelt
  • Arctic Energy Systems


ACEP’s founding director Gwen Holdmann currently serves as the associate vice chancellor for research for innovation and industry partnerships for UAF. Through this role, she manages UAF’s innovation and technology transfer programs and helps guide strategic partnership opportunities with the State of Alaska and industry. She continues to maintain an affiliation with ACEP as a senior researcher, focusing on energy policy and planning, and small-scale nuclear energy.

Prior to joining UAF, Holdmann worked in the private sector as a design engineer and project manager, including working on the design and construction of the only operating geothermal power plant in Alaska at Chena Hot Springs.

She 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. Holdmann has a B.S. in physics from Bradley University and an M.S. in energy engineering and policy from UAF. She is the mother to three children, ages 13 (twins) and 11, and has completed the Yukon Quest and Iditarod sled dog races.