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Brian Kalk Named EERC’s CRO

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Dr. Brian Kalk was recently appointed as the Chief Research Officer at the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota (UND).

Kalk previously worked with the EERC as Director of Energy Systems Development from 2017 to 2019. He rejoined the EERC in 2022 on the Strategic Partnerships team, after leading the Research & Technology Park at North Dakota State University (NDSU) for the previous 3 years. He also served as North Dakota Public Service Commissioner from 2009 to 2017. Kalk is a native of Bottineau, a retired U.S. Marine, and holds a doctoral degree in Natural Resources Management from NDSU. 

“Now more than ever, the importance of energy security and the wise use of our natural resources can’t be understated. I’m extremely enthusiastic to accept this position at the EERC to drive research efforts in key areas,” Kalk said.

“The Chief Research Officer fills a critical role on our executive leadership team, providing strategy to our research projects,” said EERC CEO Charlie Gorecki. “We are excited to work with Brian in his new position.”

The EERC is recognized as one of the world’s leading developers of cleaner, more efficient energy and environmental technologies. Since 1951, the EERC has grown from a federal lignite research facility to a total-systems team with extensive experience, multidisciplinary staff, global partnerships, and state-of-the art facilities. The EERC is a research unit of the University of North Dakota.

For media inquiries, contact:  
Nikki Krueger, Director of Communications 
Energy & Environmental Research Center  
701-777-5428, nkrueger@undeerc.org 

4 thoughts on “Brian Kalk Named EERC’s CRO”

  1. I’d like to congratulate Brian Kalk on new leadership and eerc for their hard work in whatever they do..congrats to you all.. eerc rocks!

  2. Good choice Brian is a good man and friend and I’m inspired by his energy every time I see him!

  3. What an excellent choice! Brian listens to constituents, sets a clear path forward, and executes the vision like no one else. The EERC is such an important research platform for the state. I’m looking forward to seeing its growth with Dr. Kalk leading the research mission.

  4. Congratulations, Bryan! Enjoyed having you as my boss’s boss. And I still proudly carry the coin you honored me with when I retired in 2018. Don McCollor.

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