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Dr. Gerald H. Groenewold
Dr. Gerald Groenewold is the Director of the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), the primary research entity at the University of North Dakota (UND). Dr. Groenewold directs a multidisciplinary science and engineering team of about 300 people who focus on research and development (R&D) leading to the demonstration and commercialization of innovative energy and environmental technologies. Since 1987 when he was named Director, the EERC has undergone a total cultural change from a former federal R&D facility to a practical, entrepreneurial, market-driven organization with national and international clientele, emphasizing working partnerships with private industry, government agencies, academic institutions, and the research community. During that time, the EERC has had contracts with more than 1230 clients from 52 countries and all 50 states. Over 920 of those clients have been from the private sector, including many Fortune 500 companies. The EERC's research portfolio totaled $188.6 million in fiscal year 2012.
Under Dr. Groenewold's direction, the EERC, with its long tradition of fossil fuel-related R&D, has broadened its scope to include a wide array of strategic energy and environmental issues. The EERC addresses these issues through strategic initiatives focused on clean coal technologies, carbon capture and sequestration, energy and water sustainability, hydrogen technologies, air toxics and fine particulate control, mercury measurement and control, alternative fuels, biomass technologies, water management strategies, flood prevention, global climate change, waste utilization, energy-efficient technologies, and contaminant cleanup.
Prior to his position as Director of the EERC, Dr. Groenewold served as Director of the North Dakota Mining and Mineral Resources Research Institute, Director of the Engineering Experiment Station, and Associate Dean for Research of the UND School of Engineering & Mines and was employed by the North Dakota Geological Survey and the Ohio Geological Survey. Dr. Groenewold received his Ph.D. degree in Environmental Geology from UND, his M.S. degree in Geology from the same institution, and his B.S. degree in Geology from the University of Illinois. Dr. Groenewold is involved in numerous professional, economic development, and historical organizations and activities. Since the late 1980s, he has devoted considerable effort to local and regional economic development initiatives. He is particularly interested in assisting our nation in achieving its energy security goals. He has also been a strong advocate for the development of technologies that address the critical issue of energy and water sustainability.