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Nicholas Bosshart is a Research Scientist at the EERC working with the Oil & Gas Group as part of the Modeling and Simulation team. He develops geophysical reservoir models for hydrocarbon resource assessment and geologic CO2 storage analyses.

Originally from Iowa, Bosshart earned a B.S. degree in Geology from the University of Northern Iowa and an M.S. degree in Geology from the University of North Dakota, specializing in Petroleum Geology.

Bosshart’s principal areas of interest and expertise include well log, core, and thin-section petrophysical analysis; geologic characterization and data management; geostatistical applications; geocellular reservoir modeling; enhanced oil recovery utilizing CO2; geologic storage of CO2; and 3-D seismic interpretation.

“I’m excited to become part of the EERC team, and I look forward to working with such a fantastic, diverse, forward-thinking group of professional researchers,” said Bosshart. “The EERC research is multidisciplinary; as such, the EERC is a great place to be involved in many different projects, gain experience in diverse fields and, ultimately, develop a top-tier scientific mind with a broad knowledge base.”

An Army veteran, Bosshart will complete an 8-year stint with the U.S. Army National Guard in the fall of 2014. He was deployed to the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt for over a year as part of the Multinational Force and Observers, an international peacekeeping force overseeing the terms of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

Bosshart’s hobbies and interests include spending time outdoors and staying active through hiking, bicycling, traveling, and woodworking.

Steve Schaefer is a Technology Development Machinist at the EERC, where he operates machining equipment; develops alternative methods of machining; and designs, fabricates, installs, and repairs specialized equipment in support of multiple EERC projects.

“What interests me most about this job is the variety of work I get to do here as well as being involved with multiple aspects of any given project that I am working on,” said Schaefer.

Schaefer holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Machine Tool Technology from the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota. Before coming to work at the EERC, Schaefer worked as a tool and die maker at Tillman Tool and Die in Breckenridge, Minnesota, and a CNC (computer numerical control) mill programmer and operator at Northern Valley Machine in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

“I enjoyed the tool and die work because of the extreme detail and precision it requires, and I liked the CNC job because it required me to always think of new ways to make parts as it was almost completely prototype work,” said Schaefer of his previous jobs.

Schaefer likes to hunt, fish, and shoot long-range rifles. He plans to start competing in long-range marksmanship competitions in the future.