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EERC Welcomes Renee Carlson

The EERC is pleased to welcome Renee Carlson, Accounting/Travel Specialist with the Financial Services Team. Renee is responsible for processing accounting transactions, coordinating travel and reimbursements, and reallocating purchasing card transactions.

“I enjoy the customer service aspect of working in the travel office, and the fast-paced environment makes the workday fly by,” Renee said. She says she was drawn to the position because of her previous experience as a travel agent and her work at American Express Corporate Travel in Omaha, Nebraska.

Renee brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of UND to her position at the EERC, having previously worked as the Institutional Review Board Coordinator in the Office of Research at UND for 5 years. She most recently worked as an Administrative Secretary in UND’s Chemistry Department.

“The people at the EERC have been so friendly and welcoming. Everyone has been so helpful, and I feel like I am part of a team here,” said Renee.

Renee has a bachelor’s degree in Law & Justice from Trenton State College in Ewing, New Jersey, where she was born and raised. She moved to the Midwest after college and has lived in North Dakota and Minnesota. She and her family moved back to the Grand Forks area in 2017.

Renee has two boys, ages 13 and 7, with her husband, a health care administrator. They enjoy watching the boys play baseball in the summer and basketball in the winter. As a family, they like watching movies together and taking their boat out to the Otter Tail area when they have a free weekend. To make the long winters more bearable, the family goes snowmobiling and ice fishing on “warmer” winter days. Renee also enjoys golfing, attending Fighting Hawk football and hockey games, and cheering on the Twins and Vikings.

State Energy Research Center at EERC Hosts Collaboration Meeting

SERC Director Tom Erickson leads a group tour of the EERC's Technology Demonstration area.
Leaders from university campuses throughout North Dakota gathered to discuss collaboration efforts around energy education. The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) hosted the event as part of its work as the newly designated State Energy Research Center of North Dakota (SERC).

Attendees discussed the energy industry’s contribution to the economy of North Dakota and how each campus incorporates energy and environmental education into its curricula. The group, consisting of representatives from Minot State University, the University of Jamestown, Dickinson State University, the University of North Dakota, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, Williston State College, Valley City State University, and North Dakota State University, discussed current and future needs in regard to energy education and what could be accomplished through collaboration and SERC funding.

“By working together and sharing outreach and educational resources, we can better serve North Dakota and our citizens,” said Tom Erickson, SERC Director.

The group will continue discussions and plan projects to enhance energy education in North Dakota. For more information, contact Tom Erickson.