Thomas A. Erickson - CEM Executive Board Member
Thomas A. Erickson
CEO, UND Energy and Environmental Research Center, Grand Forks, ND
Thomas A. Erickson is the CEO of the EERC, where he leads a multidisciplinary science, engineering, and support team of 220 people who focus on research and development (R&D) leading to demonstration and commercialization of innovative energy and environmental technologies. The EERC, with its long tradition of fossil fuel-related R&D, has broadened its scope to include a wide array of strategic energy and environmental issues. Tom oversees efforts to address these issues through strategic initiatives focused on clean coal technologies, oil and gas industry technologies; carbon capture, utilization, and storage; energy and water sustainability; air toxics and fine particulate control; water management strategies; global climate change; waste utilization, hydrogen technologies; and contaminant cleanup.
Prior to his current position, he served as Associate Director for Business, Operations, and Intellectual Property, where he oversaw activities related to safety, facilities, business functions, and protection and commercialization of intellectual property. Prior to that, he served as Associate Director for Research, where he focused on the development of advanced power and fuel systems from fossil and renewable energy sources. Tom holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from UND. He has authored and coauthored numerous professional publications.