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Kevin Connors has joined the EERC as a Principal Policy & Regulatory Strategist. Within the Subsurface group, Kevin works with a multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and business professionals to integrate legal and regulatory policy, economics, and tax perspectives with applied research related to incremental oil recovery, unconventional oil recovery, and CO2 capture and geologic storage. He holds a B.S. degree in geology from the University of Montana.

“I enjoy working on multiple projects. I am always learning something new and it seems like no 2 days are the same. Carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) has been one of my passions in my career, so I’m excited to contribute to the EERC’s efforts in advancing CCUS. I also enjoy getting to work with both the Subsurface team and the Energy Systems team,” Kevin said. 

Kevin first heard about the EERC when he began working in CCUS for the North Dakota Industrial Commission’s Oil and Gas Division and participated in the Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership meetings. He was drawn to his position at the EERC after working with the Center in previous roles he had with the State. Kevin said he had always recognized the EERC’s reputation as a leader in energy research and had great experiences with the EERC staff he met. 

Kevin grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and began his career working in the Bakken as a wellsite geologist. He eventually moved to North Dakota with his wife and son in 2010 when he began working for the State of North Dakota’s Oil and Gas Division. During those 8-plus years, Kevin worked in oil and gas development, CCUS, enhanced oil recovery, saltwater disposal, and gathering pipeline regulation. Also during that time, four of Kevin and his wife’s five children were born in North Dakota. Kevin and his family moved to Grand Forks in August of this year when Kevin accepted the job at the EERC, and the family is enjoying their new community. 

Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife and children, ages 10, 8, 6, 4, and 1. He also enjoys camping, hiking, and fly fishing in his free time. Kevin shares the EERC’s love of giving back and currently serves as a board member for the nonprofit organization Lespwa Lavi, which means “living hope” in Haitian Creole. The organization is headquartered in North Dakota and is developing a project to build a school, church, and medical clinic in rural Haiti.