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The EERC is happy to welcome Dr. Brian Kalk as Director of Energy Systems Development. Brian and his team focus on developing new solutions and advancing existing technologies for our clients. Brian holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Management and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from North Dakota State University (NDSU). He also holds a B.S. in Social and Political Science from Campbell University, Buies Creek, North Carolina. 

Brian began his career in the Marine Corps, where he served overseas in Desert Storm, Bosnia, and Iraq and participated in the evacuation of the American Embassies in Liberia and the Central African Republic. Stateside tours included positions such as Environmental Compliance Officer at Camp Pendelton in California and Logistics Officer for numerous units. He retired in 2006 at the rank of Major, at which time he joined NDSU, teaching courses in Natural Resources, Logistics, and Political Science. From 2009 to 2017, Brian served as a member and Chair of the North Dakota Public Service Commission, where he held portfolios in Electric Generation and Transmission, Pipeline Safety, and Telecommunications. 

Brian's principal areas of interest and expertise include pipeline safety, species management, electric generation, and transmission planning. He is a member of the National Coal Council. Brian has also served as President of the Midwest Area Regulatory Commissioners, Chair of the Clean Coal and Carbon Management Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners, and member of the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Clean Coal Technology delegation to China. He has provided input, review, and oversight on state and federal energy policies.  

Not surprisingly, Brian has seen many changes in the energy industry over the last several decades and has insight on the changes and challenges facing the United States in the future. 

"The world's population will continue to grow, straining our energy resources and presenting new environmental challenges. Energy demands will continue to increase in all regions of the world, making it ever more important that we use all sources of energy wisely and assist other nations to promote regional stability. I have always believed that energy security = national security. The United States must use all sources of energy and acknowledge that there are pros and cons to each," Brian said. 

"The knowledge, experience, and drive of the EERC position us well to be the 'go-to' research body when it comes to the complex problems we face. The reputation of the EERC is second to none," he added. "I look forward to working with the 'best of the best' and being on the cutting edge of the development of new technologies and applications of the next generation of solutions to energy system problems. I'm excited to be part of the team." 

Brian and his wife have been married 26 years this summer. She is a special education teacher and hopes to work in the Grand Forks area soon. Their daughter is a reporter in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. When he is not working, Brian enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, and watching UND hockey and Bison football.