Internship Leads to Research Engineer Position

Internship Leads to Research Engineer Position

Michelle Wilber will transition to a full-time position this month as a research engineer at ACEP working in the Anchorage office on diverse projects.

Most recently, Wilber has been working as an ACEP intern with Alaska Village Electric Cooperative on an energy storage project to help integrate high-penetration wind in St. Marys.

She said of the internship, “It has been so wonderful to work with all of the welcoming and talented ACEP staff in Anchorage and Fairbanks, and I feel so lucky to continue to do so.”

Wilber also recently graduated with a master's degree in mechanical engineering from UAA, completing a finite-element model of heat transfer in Arctic soils for her thesis.

Prior to that, she worked in energy-efficiency outreach and as an engineering geologist, an organic gardening coordinator and a park ranger in Katmai (among other things)! All of this experience will come together on one of her projects – helping to bring solar power to Calypso Farms in Fairbanks.

Wilber grew up in Alaska and is happy to be raising her son here as well. They like to take the dog hiking, camping, ice skating and skiing, but they enjoy a lot of cozy indoor time as well.

“I am happy to be doing work that I hope will continue to make Alaska a great place to live for my family and all Alaskans,” Wilber said.


Michelle Wilber is joining ACEP full time. Photo courtesy of Michelle Wilber.