Alaska National Lab Day 2018

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This event featured topics including Alaska as a Living Laboratory, What is a National Lab?, Alaska Industry, and Successful University/National Lab Collaborations. University and national laboratory panels explored the themes below.


Developing locally and globally relevant energy solutions


Navigating the changing Arctic

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Exploring and accessing the energyfield of the future

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Enabling and empowering the energy of Alaska's entrepreneurs


Natural hazards and defense / aerospace

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Energy and defense systems in the North

Exploring research collaboration between the University of Alaska and U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories

The purpose of Alaska National Lab Day was to create links and explore opportunities for partnerships between the Department of Energy national laboratories and the University of Alaska, with the goal of leveraging America’s national laboratories to advance Alaska’s and the nation’s goals for growing the economy, developing and implementing sustainable energy solutions, and understanding the implications of a changing Arctic environment.

Organizers aimed to increase awareness and understanding of Alaska’s unique energy-related resources, infrastructure and environment in order to:

  • Identify research areas and mechanisms through which national labs could contribute to addressing Alaska’s energy-related challenges; and
  • Identify opportunities to utilize Alaska expertise and resources to support research in energy, climate and security at the national level.

Major themes

  • Developing locally and globally relevant energy solutions
  • Navigating the changing Arctic
  • Exploring and accessing the energyfield of the future
  • Enabling and empowering the energy of Alaska's entrepreneurs
  • Natural hazards and defense / aerospace
  • Energy and defense systems in the North


Carol Adkins, Sandia National Labs Paul Kearns, Argonne National Lab
Nick Adkins, UAF Martin Keller, National Renewable Energy Lab
Ken Alper, State of Alaska Annie Kersting, Lawrence Livermore National Lab
Scott Arko, UAF Moe Khaleel, Oak Ridge National Lab
Steven Ashby, Pacific Northwest National Lab Meera Kohler, Alaska Village Electric Cooperative
Patrick Balducci, Pacific Northwest National Lab Clay Koplin, Cordova Electric Cooperative
John Barnes, Hilcorp Alaska Nolan Kouda, UAF
Christi Bell, University of Alaska Anchorage Ben Kroposki, National Renewable Energy Lab
Craig Blue, Oak Ridge National Lab Nettie La Belle-Hamer, UAF
Chad Bondurant, United States Air Force Peter Larsen, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Dane Boysen, Modular Chemical K. David Lyons, National Energy Technology Lab
Jill Brandenberger, Pacific Northwest National Lab Arun Majumdar, Stanford University
Todd Brinkman, UAF Bob McCoy, UAF
Rich Carlin, Office of Naval Research Mary Monson, Sandia National Lab
Lee Cheatham, Pacific Northwest National Lab Bradley Moran, UAF
Jared Ciferno, National Energy Technology Lab Lisa Murkowski, United States Senator for Alaska
Liz Cravalho, NANA Regional Corporation Mark Peters, Idaho National Lab
Ron Daanen, State of Alaska Mark C. Petri, Argonne National Lab
Paul Dabbar, U.S. Department of Energy Sean Plasynski, National Energy Technology Lab
Casie Davidson, Pacific Northwest National Lab Elsie Quaite-Randall, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Hajo Eicken, UAF Janet Reiser, Alaska Energy Authority
Abraham Ellis, Sandia National Labs George Roe, UAF
Dori Ellis, Sandia National Labs William Schnabel, UAF
Bill Farris, National Renewable Energy Lab Martin Schoonen, Brookhaven National Lab
Sheldon Fisher, State of Alaska Adam Schwartz, Ames National Lab
Michael Forcht, United States Air Force Mariko Shirazi, UAF
Rajive Ganguli, UAF Jeff Stepp, Fairbanks North Star Borough
Gary Geernaert, U.S. Department of Energy Peter Stokes, Petrotechnical Resources of Alaska
Randall Gentry, National Energy Technology Lab Curt Szurbela, UAF
Peter Green, National Renewable Energy Lab John Wagner, Idaho National Lab
Matt Heavner, Los Alamos National Lab Bruce Walker, U.S. Department of Energy
John Hendrix, State of Alaska Terry Wallace, Los Alamos National Lab
Larry Hinzman, UAF Daniel White, UAF
Gwen Holdmann, UAF Erin Whitney, UAF
Rob Hovsapian, Idaho National Lab Cathy Wilson, Los Alamos National Lab
Carl Imhoff, Pacific Northwest National Lab Mike Witherell, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Jim Johnsen, UAF Stan Wullschleger, Oak Ridge National Lab

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Last updated: Aug 16, 2018