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Dr. Michael D. Mann is the Executive Director of the IES. Dr. Mann holds a Ph.D. in Energy Engineering and an MBA, both from UND. He has been working in the energy field since 1981, first with the Energy & Environmental Research Center, and since 1999 with the College of Engineering and Mines. In addition to duties...
Dr. Laudal is the Major Projects Manager with IES, where his work involves extractive metallurgy, rare earth element recovery processes, coal geochemistry, CO2 capture, adsorbent-based processes, advanced power generations systems and emissions control. He has specifically focused on process and equipment design and has worked with numerous types of lab-, bench- and pilot-scale systems. Recently, Dr. Laudal has been directing the IES efforts related to rare earth element recovery processes for coal and coal byproducts and chemical looping combustion technologies. Dr. Laudal’s primary roles with the IES are coordinating proposal development efforts, managing IES research staff and students and ensuring that projects are successfully completed. Dr. Laudal has Ph.D. and B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering, both from the University of North Dakota. Prior to his role as Major Projects Manager, Dr. Laudal was a Research Engineer with IES. He also previously held a Research Engineer role at UND’s Energy & Environmental Research Center and a Field Engineer role with Schlumberger Oilfield Services. Dr. Laudal has ten years of experience managing and executing large multidisciplinary and multi-organizational research projects.
Harry Feilen, Manager of Operations and Safety / Research Engineer, Institute for Energy Studies. Mr. Feilen has more than 30 years of experience welding, fabricating, and building everything from lab scale size projects to full size buildings. Mr. Feilen’s principal areas of interest include mentoring students, developing the next generation of energy experts, performing research, developing technologies to improve the performance of fuel recovery/development, energy conversion, carbon product manufacturing, and pollution control systems. Prior to his current position, Mr. Feilen has been in law enforcement for 12 years. He owned a small business in Grand Forks. He has been around heavy equipment, both operating and repairing for 30 years. He has a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Mary, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UND, MSc in Mechanical Engineering from UND and is currently enrolled as a graduate student pursuing a Doctorate in Energy Engineering at UND.
Dr. Barse is a Research Engineer with IES and has primarily worked on CO2 capture, activated carbon sorbents, adsorption processes, power generation system analysis, geothermal energy and biodegradable polymers. He is responsible for utilizing process simulators such as ASPEN Plus, HYSYS, and METSIM for process design & modeling, developing mass & energy balances, and conducting techno-economic analysis (TEA) of the processes. He has hands-on experience designing and operating lab-, bench- and pilot-scale systems. Recently, he is involved on developing hydrometallurgical process for rare earth element extraction from coal and coal byproducts. He is also working on developing supercritical process for treating flowback/produced water and wastewater streams. Dr. Barse has M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, both from University of North Dakota. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Pune, India. Dr. Barse is a Registered Professional Engineer with the State of North Dakota.
Nicholas Dyrstad-Cincotta is a Junior Engineer at the Institute for Energy Studies where he works primarily in the design, programming, and testing of energy production systems. He has worked for IES for over three years on various projects, including carbon capture, chemical looping combustion, and underground coal gasification. Mr. Dyrstad-Cincotta is on the professional engineer track and currently pursuing his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UND.
Dr. Xiaodong Hou is an analytical chemist and lecturer at the College of Engineering and Mines, where his responsibilities include operation and maintenance of equipment at IES and EARL, assistance in teaching courses on using the laboratory equipment, and participation in other research projects. He holds Ph.D. degrees in Polymer Chemistry and Physics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China [SJB1] . Prior to his current position, Mr. Hou worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Chemistry department at UND, and he previously served as an application engineer for Shimadzu, Shanghai. Mr. Hou’s principal areas of interest and expertise include synthesis and characterization of polymeric materials, organic synthesis, water sampling and analysis, crystal engineering, and crystal structural analysis. He has extensive experience with synthetic chemistry and materials characterization techniques.
Ben Jensen is an Engineer at the Institute for Energy Studies where he works primarily in the design, fabrication, and testing of energy production systems. He is currently working on the Char Separation project which involves the separation of an oxygen carrier from char in a chemical looping combustion system. Mr. Jensen has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UND and is currently enrolled as a graduate student pursing a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UND. He has worked over 10 years in construction related work where he gained experience with welding, fabricating, building, and operating machinery for various projects.
Junior N.D. Nasah is a Research Engineer with IES with a focus on clean coal technology – advanced combustion systems and pollution control and capture. His previous work involved power plant particulate sampling and characterization, underground coal gasification, coal beneficiation, flare gas capture, and air pollution sampling. Mr. Nasah is currently pursuing his Ph. D in Chemical Engineering at UND in conjunction with his work at IES. He holds a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from UND and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Buea, Cameroon. Mr. Nasah’s principal areas of interest include chemical looping combustion, fine particulate matter formation and mitigation, underground coal gasification, beneficiation techniques for coal and sorbent-based capture technologies. Mr. Nasah is also experienced with research project planning, management, and reporting.
Brittany Rew is a Junior Engineer at IES. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UND, and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Chemical Engineering at UND. She has worked on various projects at IES involving rare earth element recovery from coal and coal byproducts, chemical looping combustion, and CO2 capture systems.
Ryder Shallbetter is a Junior Engineer at the Institute for Energy Studies where he works primarily on the simulation and testing of energy production systems. Mr. Shallbetter has been working for IES for a year since graduating from UND with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Previous projects he has worked on at IES include chemical looping combustion and mercury removal from coal. Currently, he is working on the rare earth element recovery processes for coal and coal byproducts project and pursuing his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from UND