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P.I. Alison Hoxie, Ph.D.

Dr. Alison Hoxie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  Her education includes a B.A. in Natural Science from the College of Saint Benedict, a B.S.M.E. (2000), and a Ph.D. (2007) from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She has held positions as a consulting engineering in power and energy sector, and as an Instructor at the University of Utah.  


Her current research focuses on cost effective methods for efficient utilization of biomass-derived oils in combustion applications. In addition to lab-scale research she focuses on renewable energy technologies, resiliency and energy efficiency at the community level. She led the effort to install small wind at UMD, developed student project teams to evaluate renewable energy and efficiency measures for local Duluth businesses and is currently working on energy storage demonstration projects in collaboration with UMN Morris and the Energy Transition Lab at UMTC.

Aaron Perry, Candidate MSEM

Aaron Perry is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota-Duluth pursuing a Master's Degree in engineering management. He previously graduated from North Dakota State University with a Bachelor's Degree in mechanical engineering. Currently he is performing research on the implementation of battery storage in combination with photovoltaic energy generation to achieve building resiliency and economic savings via peak demand shaving at a local nature center here in Duluth.

Eric Johnson, Candidate MSME
Bailee Coughlin, Candidate BSME
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