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Mr. John A. Harju
Associate Director for Research
John A. Harju is the Associate Director for Research at the EERC, where he oversees the activities of a team of scientists and engineers focused on research, development, demonstration, and commercialization of energy and environmental technologies. Strategic energy and environmental issues include zero-emission coal utilization; CO
capture and sequestration; energy and water sustainability; hydrogen and fuel cells; advanced air emission control technologies, emphasizing SO
, air toxics, fine particulate, and mercury control; renewable energy; wind energy; water management; flood prevention; global climate change; waste utilization; energy efficiency; and contaminant cleanup. Mr. Harju's principal areas of interest and expertise include carbon sequestration, enhanced oil recovery, waste management, geochemistry, technology development, hydrology, and analytical chemistry, especially as applied to the upstream oil and gas industry.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Harju was a Senior Research Advisor at the EERC. Before joining the EERC, he was Vice President of Crystal Solutions, LLC, a firm involved in commercial E&P produced water management, regulatory permitting and compliance, and environmental impact monitoring and analysis. He worked for Gas Research Institute (now Gas Technology Institute) as Principal Scientist in Produced Water Management and as Program Team Leader for Soil, Water, and Waste. He also worked at the EERC from 1989 to 1996 in various capacities.
Mr. Harju is a graduate of the Geology program at UND. He serves on the U.S. Department of Energy's Unconventional Resources Technology Advisory Committee (URTAC), which provides advice to the Secretary of Energy on the development and implementation of activities related to unconventional natural gas and other petroleum resources. Mr. Harju is the outgoing chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) Energy Resources, Research, and Technology Committee and serves on IOGCC's Carbon Capture and Geological Storage Task Force. In addition, he is a member of the National Petroleum Council and the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists. He has authored and coauthored more than 100 professional publications.