Center ICE is suite 424 on located on the University of Fairbanks Alaska campus in suite 424 of the Engineering Learning and Innovation Facility (ELIF)
Mark Billingsley has worked in Alaska as an engineer and an attorney. His current position combines both backgrounds to advance UA research and commercialization efforts. Mark also is a registered patent attorney and a member of the Alaska Bar Association.
Amanda Byrd is the Outreach Coordinator for OIPC. Before working with OIPC, Amanda
was the managing editor of Mushing Magazine for three years. In addition to her current
role, she is the part-time marketing manager at Goldstream Sports. Her professional
education includes a MS in Renewable Energy from the University of Alaska Fairbanks
and a BS Natural Resources Management from University of New England, Australia.
Originally hailing from Australia, Amanda grew up in Sydney where prior to her college experience she trained race horses there and in Japan. After falling in love with the North American forests through a year-long exchange program to Colorado State University and a summer experience as a Park Ranger in Grant Teton National Park, she moved to Alaska in search of adventure. She is currently a reformed sprint dog musher who enjoys running (but don’t call her a runner) and has participated in Fairbanks' Equinox Marathon several times. Other favorite past times include mountain and road cycling, floating rivers, baking, cooking, and writing.
Alexis joined the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization in 2018. She is in charge of purchasing, helps out with coordinating events & travel, and supports the growing programming now offered through OIPC. She is thankful to have a wonderful job, two beautiful & intelligent girls, a giant dog, and a pretty amazing husband.
Seed Fund and SBIR/STTR Support
Evelyn Jacome is passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation. She has worked
in several businesses including sustainability, forestry, micro finance, and seed
funding for early stage entrepreneurs. She has used her multicultural background
and experience to support underrepresented communities and minorities to start innovative
business in Ecuador and Utah. Evelyn is currently an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship
at the Business School of Management at the University of Alaska Anchorage and project
manager of the Small Business Innovation Research at the Alaska Center ICE.
Evelyn has been involved in the successful development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in northern Utah. She was born in Ecuador and completed her economics bachelor’s in the United States and later received an entrepreneurship master’s degree in England. She is moving to Fairbanks early spring with her husband and dog Quito.
Alaska Fellows Program - Center ICE
Ashley Guernsey, a lifelong resident of Moose Pass, Alaska, grew up ice skating, reading, and dog mushing. The oldest of four children, Ashley finished the Junior Iditarod Race at age fourteen. Two years later, she became a Senate Page in Washington, DC.
She recently graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. After successfully defending her Honors Thesis titled, “Russian Colonialism in Alaska”, Ashley received a Joint Major Bachelor Degree in Economics and Religious Studies. She traveled in Europe and Hawaii this summer in lieu of a semester abroad.
Ashley is excited to support innovation and entrepreneurship through her role as an Innovation Fellow with Center ICE. During her tenure with Center ICE, she hopes to gain a better understanding of Alaska’s bright future being created by innovators and entrepreneurs today and to explore future opportunities on her educational and professional journey.
Professor Peter Webley
Students2Startups and I-Corps
Dr. Peter Webley is a Research Professor of Remote Sensing as well as the Associate
Director of Research at the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration
(ACUASI), Geophysical Institute, UAF. As well as Deputy Director of the UAF technology
transfer office, Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization (OIPC), Peter
is a Program Manager at UAF’s Center for Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship
(Center-ICE) and leads the instruction of the NSF funded I-Corps site program as well
as managing the summer-based Students to Starts program.
Peter was the Vice-President of UAF’s first start-up, V-ADAPT, Inc., formed in 2013 and has successfully licensed intellectual property, been awarded small business innovation research projects and a US patent as well as been inducted into the State of Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame 2016 – 2017 class. He is a scientist, innovator, and entrepreneur.
Before coming to UAF, Peter was a postdoctoral researcher at Kings College London and developed a remote sensing monitoring system for the volcanoes of Central America. Peter has a BSc in Geophysics and an MSc in Atmospheric Sciences, both from the University of East Anglia, UK and a PhD in Remote Sensing from the University of Reading, UK.
Peter works hard to support and advise faculty, staff, and students to develop their ideas, protect their intellectual property, and commercialize their work as they develop into our next generation of UAF entrepreneurs and solve tomorrow’s issues today.
Prior to working at UAF, David worked as an intellectual property attorney for over
15 years with a particular focus on high technology clients, patent procurement, and
patent portfolio management. He counseled and developed long-term relationships with
engineers and scientists, university technology transfer offices, in-house counsel,
and corporate executives alike. Before going to law school, David worked for 3 years
as a consultant for an environmental engineering company. David's professional education
includes a JD from the UCLA School of Law and a BS in chemical engineering from the
California Institute of Technology (Caltech). More recently, before moving to Fairbanks,
David and his family lived overseas for over 7 years in East Timor, Myanmar, Turkey,
and the Republic of Georgia, working with an NGO focused on local education and medical
services. While overseas, David also taught at the primary, secondary, and university
levels, in subjects ranging from multiplication to middle school science to a survey
of intellectual property and internet law.
David grew up in Southern California, worked in Los Angeles and Washington DC, and loves all sports. Favorite pastimes include tennis, cycling, and reading.
University of Alaska Southeast
Dr. Sanjay Pyare is a Professor of Environmental Science on the Juneau campus of UAS, since 2005. His teaching and research interest are in the fields of integrative science, bio-climatology, ecosystem ecology, remote sensing and UAV technology. As the Center ICE ambassador for the UAS campuses, he is particularly interested in the alignment of STEM education with indigenous- and rural-community innovation.
Associate Vice Chancellor Research
Gwen is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation & Industry Partnerships. Prior to taking up this role, she was the Director of the Alaska Center for Energy
and Power (ACEP). Prior to joining the University of Alaska, Gwen served as the Vice
President of New Development at Chena Hot Springs Resort near Fairbanks. While at
Chena, Gwen oversaw the construction of the first geothermal power plant in the state,
in addition to numerous other innovative energy projects ranging from hydrogen production
to cooling a 10,000ft2 ice museum year-round using 150°F hot water.
Gwen moved to Alaska in 1994, shortly after graduating from Bradley University with a degree in Physics and Mechanical Engineering. Gwen is the mother of three children – Leif, Marais, and Lael. Gwen has been the recipient of several awards throughout her career, including an R&D 100 award, Project of the Year from Power Engineering Magazine, the Alaska Top 40 Under 40 Award.
Technology Commercialization Associate
Huckleberry Hopper is a Technology Commercialization Associate with Alaska Center
ICE. He has previously worked both in Alaska as well as internationally as a financial consultant.
Within Alaska Center ICE, Huckleberry is dedicated to identifying and bridging ideas
to society by providing market research and business development assistance. To support
this, he brings entrepreneurial ecosystem skill sets and financial modeling background.
Huckleberry's career had him trapezing his way back and forth between Europe and the United States. Originally a UAF SOM graduate, he completed his Master's degree in International Finance at the University of Glasgow; the rainiest and most homely European city in the world. Following his graduation, Huckleberry (like most Alaskans, he might add) returned home to and founded his own consulting firm where he provided business modeling consulting for a variety of medium-sized Alaskan businesses. Then, in true trapezing fashion, he joined Ernst and Young and moved to Washington D.C.. Here he built financial analytic software for the Department of Commerce and pretended to enjoy wearing suits. This, however, was clearly unsustainable because he suits bunny boots and the cold much better.
In his free time Huckleberry is a traveler, screenwriter, language learner, and dancer. He brings varying levels of skills to each but loves all of them.
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Dr. Stanley is the Director of University Writing, Associate Professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts, and a Faculty Fellow in Assessment and Accreditation. Sarah's research interests focus on the noticing hypothesis, hybrid writing teaching methods, access to quality higher education, and social justice. She is the co-founder with Sol Neely of LION (the Learning Inside Out Network) which seeks to increase educational opportunities inside Alaska prisons, jails and halfway houses.
Center ICE is located in the new Engineering Facility, 4th floor of ELIF, on the University of Fairbanks Alaska campus.