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Kathleen Neset, Chair of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, toured the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) complex, gaining first-hand knowledge of the current programs under way at the EERC, specifically focusing on oil and gas, enhanced oil recovery in the Bakken, and carbon capture and storage. She toured the facility with UND President Robert Kelley, his wife Marcia, EERC Director Tom Erickson, and Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships John Harju.

Neset has a background in the oil and gas industry, serving as President of Neset Consulting Service, Inc., which has provided wellsite geologic/geosteering services to the oil industry since 1980. She was a keynote speaker at a recent Bakken conference and expo in Grand Forks.

Neset with Dr. Hesham El-Rewini, Ph.D., P.E., Dean of the
CEM, during the reception at the EERC.
Directly following the tour of the EERC, a reception was held in her honor, hosted by President Kelley, in collaboration with the EERC and the UND College of Engineering and Mines (CEM). It was a chance for her to meet key members of the faculty and staff from both organizations, as well as members of the President’s Cabinet.