Andrew Holland

Executive Director

Andrew Holland is the Executive Director of the Fusion Industry Association (FIA). Located in Washington, DC, Holland has worked at the intersections of science, energy, policy, and politics for two decades. He’s the author of the “Fusion Power – A 10 Year Plan for American Energy Security,” first published in 2013, laying out a roadmap for American leadership in fusion. Since creating the FIA in 2018, he has brought together 20 of the leading fusion companies to jointly coordinate on areas of common interest. He has advocated for commercial fusion power with the highest levels of governments, coordinated with regulators, and pitched private investors for greater support to fusion. He holds a MSc. in International Strategy and Economics from the University of St. Andrews and currently resides in Alexandria, VA.


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Dr Melanie Windridge

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Dr. Melanie Windridge is a Director of the Fusion Industry Association and a plasma physicist with a PhD in fusion energy from Imperial College London. She works as a consultant with science and technology start-up businesses, including Tokamak Energy in fusion,  and in education.  An expert in the aurora and in fusion energy, she likes to combine her scientific knowledge and experience with her love of adventure to promote a better understanding of science through writing, public lectures, science festivals, videos and television. Melanie is an award-winning science author of Star Chambers: The Race for Fusion Power.

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Dr Ryan Umstattd

Director, Tech-to-Market

Dr. Ryan Umstattd served as the Acting Deputy Director for Commercialization at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) where he was responsible for oversight of all Technology-to-Market activities. Prior to that, he was a Senior Commercialization Advisor where he helped prepare alternative fusion energy technologies for transition from government towards private sponsorship. He also served broadly across ARPA-E’s portfolio by finding and aiding technology transition opportunities from sponsored projects towards customers within the Department of Defense. 

Prior to joining ARPA-E, Ryan served in the Air Force as a scientist, professor, R&D program manager, and technology acquisition officer where he gained firsthand knowledge of many facets of delivering new technologies.


Dr. Umstattd earned a PhD in Applied Science (Plasma Physics) at the University of California, Davis. He holds a B.S. in Physics from Santa Clara University.

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