Darren Schmidt is the Assistant Director for Subsurface R&D at the EERC, where he leads a team focused on research, development, and commercialization related to efficient and clean fossil fuel production, utilization, carbon management, and alternative fuels and renewable energy. Darren holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in mechanical and petroleum. Prior to his position at the EERC, he worked for Equinor in operations and research.
Darren’s principal areas of interest and expertise include oil and gas facilities, production, injection, well stimulation, enhanced recovery, power generation, and renewable technologies. Darren was appointed by Governor Doug Burgum to the North Dakota Oil and Gas Research Council. He serves as Cochair of the North Dakota Petroleum Council Technology Solutions Group and Section Chair for the Williston Basin Society of Petroleum Engineers. Darren has authored or coauthored over 80 peer-reviewed and other professional publications and patents.
During the summer of 1993, Darren began working at the EERC as a student, later spending 15 years working at the organization from 1998 to 2012.
He said, “Very seldom does a person get to be surrounded by people with a vast array of expertise and learn in a very exponential fashion about all aspects of energy and engineering. The EERC is an incredibly open environment that sparks creativity and learning.”
Darren is from Somerset, Pennsylvania, and enjoys spending time with friends in the North Dakota outdoors. He is married and has four college-aged children, with the youngest graduating from high school this year. On his experience running for local office in Williston, Darren said, “It has been rewarding to make new relationships in the oil patch and share the strong bond with my colleagues at the EERC.”