Fred Carlson

1. What do you do?

SerVacations is a group travel community celebrating service tourism that welcomes families, solo travelers, couples, and groups of all ages. Our trips combine volunteering with a fun-filled and uplifting vacation, leaving you feeling more connected to one another and the community you visit.

Sandra Ajimotokin

1. What do you do?

I lead as a Senior Security Program Manager at Hinge Health, a health-tech startup dedicated to revolutionizing the treatment of chronic pain with comprehensive digital solutions. 

Drawing inspiration from my violin lessons, I see my role as that of an orchestra conductor. Rather than music, I orchestrate our company's security strategies, harmonizing cross-functional teams and projects to safeguard our digital domain.

Anik Khan

Anik Khan is the co-founder and CEO of MaxRewards, an app to help people maximize credit card rewards, cash back, and benefits. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the School of Economics.

1. What do you do? 

As CEO of a startup, my day-to-day varies a lot. One day, I'll work on strategy; another, I'll work closely with the engineering team to develop new features; and another, I'll work with another company to establish a potential partnership.

Chalinda Dilesh Weerasinghe

Chalinda Dilesh Weerasinghe is a senior economist at the Alaska Department Of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas, were he works as a commercial analyst. In 2023, Weerasinghe co-founded Equilibria Group Inc., a technology company currently developing its first three projects. 

1. Why are you passionate about this work?

When I co-founded Equilibria, conceived as an Alaska tech incubator, we had a vision to change the world and to have a meaningful impact through our product offerings and ideas.

Tipping the Scale: Why Utility-scale Solar Avoids a Solar Rebound and What It Means for U.S. Solar Policy

Imagine a household that consumes 1,000 kilowatt hours of energy per month. Then they install solar panels on their roof that generate 500 kilowatt hours of electricity per month on average. How much should their consumption of electricity drawn from the power grid decline after they install solar? Five hundred kilowatt hours is the expectation, but in reality, it’s less than that for most people. Now, they’re consuming more than 1,000 kilowatt hours per month.