Charlie Gorecki has been named the next CEO of UND’s Energy and Environmental Research Center.

Gorecki, who will fill the post on Aug. 1, succeeds current CEO Tom Erickson, who is stepping down to lead the State Energy Research Center.

Provost Tom DiLorenzo met with EERC employees and external clients and stakeholders over the past several weeks to determine the best path forward for the EERC after Erickson announced last month that he would transition to a new position with SERC.

“I am truly excited to accept this new role as CEO,” Gorecki said in a statement. “The strength of the EERC is, and always has been, the people and the team. It is an honor to lead this team and continue to build on our success.”

Gorecki has been with the EERC for 12 years, the last four of which were as director of subsurface research and development. He started his career with the EERC as a research engineer in 2007, working on carbon dioxide storage, enhanced oil recovery-related projects and reservoir engineering.

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He later served as a research manager and senior research manager, leading the Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership program, which focused on assessing the technical and economic feasibility of capturing and storing CO2 emissions from stationary sources in the northern Great Plains.

Gorecki, a UND graduate, 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 141 st Engineer Battalion’s Company B out of Jamestown.

Gorecki has pledged to continue to strengthen relationships within the EERC, with UND, within the state and nationally as well as internationally.

“I realize that I have much to learn from all of you as I take on this role, but I am thankful to have Tom as a mentor and continuing on here in a new role,” he said.