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EERC Welcomes Dapo Awolayo

Dr. Adedapo ‘Dapo’ Awolayo is welcomed to the EERC as a Reservoir Engineer where he will be developing geophysical models of the subsurface, and running simulations to determine the long-term fate of produced/injected fluids, including hydrocarbons, CO2 storage, and brine.

Dapo has seen many changes in the energy industry over the last couple of decades and has some thoughts about what makes the EERC unique.

“The energy industry is driven by the need to use innovative technologies towards attaining higher productivity in an economic and eco-friendly manner. The EERC has been on the front line of developing these technologies through the application of different diagnostic tools to elucidate and predict important physical/chemical processes observed during multi-phase fluid flow in different media,” Dapo said. “The capability to conduct novel experiments at various relevant scales, analyze the results to identify the relevant mechanisms, and generate predictive mathematical models and simulations are what make the EERC unique in tackling recent energy industry demands.”

Dapo holds a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; a Master’s of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.; and a Bachelor’s of Technology in Chemical Engineering from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Nigeria. Previously, Dapo held positions as a Research Scientist at Computer Modelling Group Ltd. and as a Reservoir Simulation Engineer at Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Operations Petroleum Ltd. (ADCO), U.A.E. 

Dapo looks forward to the opportunity to work with different clients to research and develop innovative technologies that can solve some of their challenging energy problems.

“I hope through theoretical and experimental research I will be able to explore possible solutions to challenges encountered in fluid flow applications like groundwater transport, secondary and tertiary oil recovery, and CO2 storage,” he added.

Dapo comes from Ibadan, a city approximately 80 miles from Lagos, Nigeria. He is married and has a 2-year-old daughter. In his free time, he likes to watch soccer and basketball games. He also likes to play soccer and keep tabs on recent news.

EERC Welcomes Don Adams

Dr. Don Adams, Research Geophysicist, was recently welcomed to the EERC Geophysics team where he analyzes the subsurface using geophysical methods and applying advanced interpretation techniques to data collected in the field. These methods are being applied to support our clients in a growing number of EERC research projects for advanced resource recovery and/or carbon storage. His principal areas of interest and expertise include rock physics, seismic interpretation, interpretative seismic processing, 4-D seismic, and geophysical-geological data integration.

“This position is well suited to my interests,” said Don, who found that he could blend his interests in geology and physics in the field of geophysics. “The EERC fills a unique niche in the research community. I am pleased to contribute to its success.”

Originally from Freeland, Michigan, near Saginaw, Don lived in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula while attending Michigan Tech. Before moving to North Dakota, he also lived in Texas, Oklahoma, and California. An outdoor enthusiast, Don enjoys backpacking and hiking, often in northern New Mexico, southern Colorado, and Utah. He has a special interest in outdoor photography, primarily of mountain and desert scenery. He also specializes in taking photographs of birds and insects such as dragonflies and spiders.

“I am looking forward to getting reacquainted with Isle Royale and Lake Superior,” Don said, “and discovering new places in North Dakota.”

EERC Welcomes Alexis Thompson

The EERC is pleased to welcome Alexis Thompson to the Financial Services Team as an Accountant. Alexis will provide accounting and business support for the EERC and accounting, processing, and reporting for the EERC Foundation.

“I’ve heard wonderful things from other UND employees about how great it is to work here,” said Alexis.

Alexis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Minnesota – Crookston Prior to working at the EERC, Alexis worked at Dee Inc. as an Accountant/Corporate Controller. She said she was drawn to this position at the EERC because it gives her the chance to be a part of UND and the EERC “family” as well as work in a different area of accounting.

“I’ve spent the past 12.5 years working in corporate accounting in a manufacturing setting, this new position allows me to look at accounting in a whole new way which is very exciting to me. I like many things about my new job and am taking advantage of all the new opportunities to broaden my accounting knowledge,” said Alexis.

Originally from Greenbush, Minnesota Alexis has lived in Crookston since college with her husband, Tyler. Alexis enjoys crafting, embroidering, cross-stitching, gardening, and making homemade bread. For outdoor fun, she likes to four-wheel. Alexis also enjoys hockey and rooting for the Wild and UND Fighting Hawks.

EERC Welcomes Arelys Salazar

The EERC is pleased to welcome Arelys Salazar to the EERC team as a Reservoir Engineer where she will be developing geophysical computer models and dynamic simulations of the subsurface to determine the long-term fate of produced/injected fluids, such as hydrocarbons, CO2 storage, and brine.

Arelys holds a Master’s of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming. She also earned a Specialist in Integrated Reservoir Management degree and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela. Arelys comes to the EERC with 18 years of industry and academic experience, having taught chemistry at the University of Carabobo, Venezuela and worked for the Venezuelan Institute of Petroleum Technology; PVDSA Intevep and for ConocoPhillips and Halliburton.

“The EERC is known for its innovation, and that drew me to this position,” said Arelys, who credits her work at PVDSA Intevep for fostering her passion for the oil and gas field. “It was an honor to work there, to innovate, to learn something new every day, and to learn from people with so many different backgrounds,” she said.

Her principal areas of interest and expertise includes reservoir characterization, production forecasting and optimization, enhanced oil recovery (EOR) technologies.

A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Arelys moved to the United States in 2007. She met her husband, an economist and quality manager, while they were both living in Houston. Arelys and her husband enjoy watching soccer and baseball. Arelys likes watching documentaries and loves a good superhero movie.

EERC Congratulates Kalk in New Role

GRAND FORKS – The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) congratulates Brian Kalk, Director of Energy Systems Development, Design, and Operations, who has been named Executive Director for NDSU’s Research and Technology Park.

“We greatly appreciate Brian’s time here at the EERC and his dedicated work advancing innovative solutions in energy,” said EERC CEO Tom Erickson. “While we are sad to see him go, we congratulate Brian on his new position. The Research and Technology Park will be in good hands with Brian as their leader, and we congratulate them as well.”

Kalk worked at the EERC for two years, and represented the organization on several state and national committees. Kalk was instrumental in establishing a number of internal and external initiatives, including a series of goals and objectives that were ultimately extremely influential in the development of Governor Burgum’s own goals for North Dakota and its vibrant energy and agricultural industries.

Kalk’s final day is April 30. The EERC will fill the position as soon as possible.

“Our team is committed to providing seamless service to our many valued clients through this transition,” said Erickson. “We’re looking forward to working with Brian in his new role.”