Charles Gorecki today was named CEO of the University of North Dakota’s Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) by UND Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas DiLorenzo.

Gorecki has been with the EERC for 12 years, the last four of which were as director of subsurface research and development. He succeeds current CEO Tom Erickson, who is stepping down to lead the State Energy Research Center (SERC) initiative at the EERC. Gorecki will begin his duties as CEO on Aug. 1.

Gorecki began his career with the EERC as a research engineer in 2007, working on carbon dioxide storage, enhanced oil recovery-related projects and reservoir engineering. He then served as a research manager and senior research manager, leading the Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership (PCOR) program. This multi-million-dollar program focused on assessing the technical and economic feasibility of capturing and storing CO2 emissions from stationary sources in the northern Great Plains. He was part of the EERC leadership team for the last four years.

Gorecki served in the Minnesota and North Dakota Army National Guard for nine years.

He’s a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and deployed to Iraq with 141st Engineer Battalion’s Company B out of Jamestown, N.D. He holds a B.S. degree in geological engineering from UND.

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