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Director of the University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) Tom Erickson has named Erin O’Leary as Associate Director for Business and Operations. O’Leary had been serving as Interim Associate Director since July 2014, after Erickson was named Director of the EERC. Prior to this position, O'Leary served as Deputy Associate Director for Business.

“It is a pleasure to accept this new role, serving on the outstanding management team in place at the EERC and leading a highly dedicated and hardworking staff of Business and Operations professionals,” O’Leary said. “I’m excited to play a significant role in strengthening our financial future and implementing new strategic research initiatives.”

In her new position, O’Leary oversees the financial and operational activities of the Center, including Contracts, Accounting, Procurement, Travel, Resource Management, Computer Systems, Programming, Quality Assurance, Safety, Facilities, and Operations.

“I am very confident in Erin’s talents and ability to lead our Business and Operations units,” said Erickson. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Erin throughout my career at the EERC and am looking forward to her future accomplishments.”

O’Leary began her career at the EERC in 1989 as a Research Technician for the Combustion Studies group. She later became Manager of the Research Information Systems group, then Senior Research Manager, and finally the Deputy Associate Director for Business.

O'Leary received her Master's of Business Administration and Master's of Management degrees from the University of Mary and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of North Dakota. 

“I am proud to be an alumnus and an employee of the University of North Dakota, and I look forward to a successful future at the EERC.”