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The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota (UND) is dedicated to improving global quality of life by creating, demonstrating, and commercializing innovative technologies for cleaner air, water, soil, and energy. With a professional and support staff of 235, the EERC transfers the results of its cutting-edge science and engineering investigations to other researchers, industry, government, and the public through conferences, short courses, workshops, academic programs, and field experiences locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Boasting a worldwide reputation for cutting-edge research and technology and a vast network of industrial partners, the EERC offers state-of-the-art education and training on globally critical issues:
  • Advanced power and energy systems
  • Energy conversion system optimization
  • Environmental chemistry and waste management
  • Emission control technologies
  • Fossil energy resources (oil, gas, and coal)
  • Hydrogen production and distribution and fuel cell technology
  • Renewable energy
  • Water management (availability, contaminant remediation, and flood and drought protection)

Student Tours and Carrer Mentoring Opportunities

As the principal research facility at the University of North Dakota (UND), the EERC is committed to providing employment and training opportunities for students from UND and other academic institutions in science and engineering fields as well as a variety of other disciplines. Each year, the EERC employs approximately 50 students, ranging from undergraduates to postdoctorates. Students come from across the nation and around the world to take advantage of the opportunity to gain firsthand experience working with the EERC's multidisciplinary team and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. The EERC also participates in UND career fairs and other events for students.

Community Engagement

The EERC also works to promote interest and involvement in the sciences among young people, not only to encourage careers but also to foster responsible stewardship of our environment. The EERC provides internships and special events for school-aged children and a variety of educational experiences for the local community and the region via tours and participation in community and regional events focused on educating the public on energy and environmental issues.