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Thomas Erickson Thomas A. Erickson
Interim Director

Thomas A. Erickson is the Interim Director. He previously served as the Associate Director for Business, Operations, and Intellectual Property at the EERC, where he oversees activities related to safety, facilities, business functions, and protection and commercialization of intellectual property. The duties and responsibilities of this position are focused on providing facilities, engineering and construction support, accounting services, contracting services, business policies and practices, and safe operations to enable and enhance the cutting-edge research of the EERC as well as developing and enhancing strategic collaborative relationships with EERC clients, protecting relevant intellectual property, and advancing EERC-developed technologies into the commercial marketplace.

Prior to this position, Mr. Erickson served as an Associate Director for Research at the EERC where he focused on the development of advanced power and fuel systems from fossil and renewable energy sources.

Mr. Erickson received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from UND. He has authored and coauthored numerous publications.

Deb Haley Deb J. Haley
Associate Director for Marketing, Outreach, and Administrative Resources

Deb J. Haley is the Associate Director for Marketing, Outreach, and Administrative Resources at the EERC and has worked in the energy and environment field at UND for over 30 years. Ms. Haley's background has provided her with a fundamental understanding of the mission and goals of the EERC, and her position as a member of the senior management team is to assist in the development, marketing, and implementation of EERC programs.

John Harju 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; CO2 capture and sequestration; energy and water sustainability; hydrogen and fuel cells; advanced air emission control technologies, emphasizing SOX, NOX, 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.