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  • Srijan Aggarwal

    Srijan Aggarwal

    October 28, 2022

    Environmental biotechnology, efficient water/wastewater treatment and biofilm processes in environmental systems. Computational modeling of atmospheric nanoparticle pollution and air-quality issues.

  • Cheng-fu Chen

    Cheng-fu Chen

    October 28, 2022

    Mechanical engineering, bioengineering, solid mechanics. Microfluidics and rapid-prototyping for micro-fabrication, electronic packaging, miniaturization of fluorometry and electrophoresis techniques.

  • Billy Connor

    October 28, 2022

    Transportation safety, road design and construction, highway materials, dust management, construction and project management, permafrost construction.

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    Abhijit Dandekar

    October 28, 2022

    Gas hydrates, core analysis, PVT measurements. Petroleum engineering research topics include gas-to-liquids, gas hydrates, viscous oils, wettability alteration and carbon-dioxide sequestration.

  • Margaret M. Darrow

    Margaret M. Darrow

    October 28, 2022

    Field work, laboratory testing and modeling to improve our understanding of how frozen ground behaves and interacts with civil structures. Frozen soils, landslides.

  • Jessica Garron

    Jessica Garron

    October 28, 2022

    Garron works with a broad spectrum of scientists, community members, agency partners and industry representatives. She integrates actionable, geospatial, and model-based science information into decision-making about climate change adaptation planning and response in Arctic and sub-Arctic communities.

  • Michael C. Hatfield

    Michael C. Hatfield

    October 28, 2022

    Mike Hatfield uses unmanned aircraft systems to monitor mine safety, operation and emergency response. His focus is on the integration of unmanned aircraft systems and unmanned ground vehicles into the university’s scientific research and student academic programs, as well as STEM outreach.

  • Gwen Holdmann

    Gwen Holdmann

    October 28, 2022

    Energy policy, energy transition, geothermal energy, hydrogen, microgrids, power systems integration.

  • Daisy Huang

    Daisy Huang

    October 28, 2022

    Thermodynamics and thermal management; community usage of renewable energy; mechanics of snow; food, energy, and water security; mechanical design; design for manufacture (DFM) requirements for sheet metal; machining, die-casting, and injection molding. Expertise in materials testing laboratory skills, in situ soil and snow testing techniques, including penetrometer testing, vane shear testing, and sample sorting by grain size.

  • Mikhail Kanevskiy

    October 28, 2022

    Permafrost, engineering geology. Permafrost structure and properties, permafrost-related geological hazards, engineering and environmental problems associated with climate change.

  • Jeremy Kasper

    October 28, 2022

    Observes and models physics of Alaskan coastal and inland waters as related to the role of Arctic continental shelves in climate and energy from wave, tidal and river hydrokinetic sources. Physical oceanography, coastal processes, renewable marine hydrokinetic energy.

  • Ben Loeffler

    Ben Loeffler

    October 28, 2022

    Mechanical design, prototype fabrication, energy system design, energy system modeling and analysis, hydrokinetic energy systems.

  • Tom Marsik

    October 28, 2022

    Tom and his wife hold the world record for the “tightest house.” Sustainable energy, energy conservation in residential construction.

  • Robert A. Perkins

    October 28, 2022

    Toxicology, engineering management, oil spill engineering. Health risks from environmental chemicals to persons and to the environment, financial risks of construction contracting methods and projects, and risks to organizations from changing personnel and training needs.

  • Rorik A. Peterson

    Rorik A. Peterson

    October 28, 2022

    Mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, thermodynamics. Modeling frost heave and other phenomena associated with seasonal freezing and thawing of soils.

  • William Schnabel

    William Schnabel

    October 28, 2022

    Environmental engineering, environmental science, cold-region engineering. Movement and quality of freshwater through all components of the Arctic and subarctic environment.

  • Mariko Shirazi

    Mariko Shirazi

    October 28, 2022

    Design and control of power electronics for microgrid applications. Pursuing technologies and strategies to enhance the reliability, affordability and sustainability of energy systems in Alaska and elsewhere. Renewable energy.

  • Yuri Shur

    October 28, 2022

    Civil engineering. Foundations in permafrost, pavement impact on permafrost, seasonal frost and its impact on structures, mass transfer, properties of frozen and thawing ground, thermokarst, shore erosion, heat transfer, thermal modeling and thermal design.

  • Sveta Stuefer

    October 28, 2022

    Research interests include water resources engineering, hydrology, snow, ice, Arctic.

  • Denise Thorsen

    Denise Thorsen

    October 28, 2022

    Space systems engineering, radar remote sensing, small satellites. Design and development of small satellites and radar systems for Earth observing science.

  • Horacio Toniolo

    October 28, 2022

    River hydraulics, river morphology, sediment transport, hydrokinetics.

  • Jeremy Vandermeer

    Jeremy Vandermeer

    October 28, 2022

    Renewable energy and energy storage integration feasibility studies for islanded diesel microgrids, local and system level controls for hybrid diesel microgrids, controller hardware in the loop simulations, electronic circuit design, energy storage system specification, procurement and testing, time series data processing and analysis

  • Rich Wies

    Rich Wies

    October 28, 2022

    Electrical engineering, renewable energy, distributed controls and energy management, and microgrid modeling and stability. Engineering challenges of renewable energy integration in remote islanded microgrids including standalone asynchronous renewable generation, energy distribution and storage optimization with high renewable energy penetration, stability of inverter-dominated grids, and assessment of renewable energy impacts on food, energy, and water system security in remote Alaska communities.

  • Lei Zhang

    October 28, 2022

    Materials science, nanomaterials, porous materials, composite materials, coatings. Design and investigation of the properties of porous materials and nanostructure-based films for energy and environmental applications.