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.

 

Contact Andrew Holland, FIA's Executive Director, at:

aholland@fusionindustryassociation.org.

Dr Melanie Windridge

Director, UK, Communications

Dr. Melanie Windridge is UK Director of the Fusion Industry Association, responsible for Communications.  A physicist and communicator with expertise in energy and new technology, she holds a PhD in plasma physics/fusion energy from Imperial College London and is Communications Consultant for UK fusion company Tokamak Energy.  She has over a decade of experience in promoting a better understanding of science through writing, public lectures, video and audio channels.  Melanie is an award-winning science writer, author of Star Chambers: The Race for Fusion Power and Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights

 

In her personal projects she likes to combine her scientific knowledge and experience with her love of adventure.  Follow Melanie's adventures at www.melaniewindridge.co.uk.

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. 

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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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