Inside:Homecoming 2011Get Your Green On!A handy pullout guide toHomecoming activities
CONTENTSInsidethis issue ALUMNI REVIEW • VOL. 94 NO. 3 • FALL 2011                          6                             ...
Alumni ReviewIN THE GROUND                                                                                              Un...
g   oing “green” can be as simple as changing a light bulb toas challenging as developing an entirely new renewable andcle...
FEATURE6    Ἅ lu m n i R e v ie w | Fall 2011
A jet propelled by the EERC’s                                                                                             ...
A rocket test in the Mojave desert in2009 using the EERC’s renewable jetfuel was a success. The rocket usedin the launch w...
Members of the renewable jet fuel research team:                                                Front Row (L to R): Paul P...
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A wind turbine provides power to the                                                   Great River Energy building, while ...
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A biofilter engineered by             BacTee sits next to one of the               nation’s largest composting            ...
‘I was on         my way to     Beijing before      I got my first         paycheck.’ marketing that facility,” Mathsen sa...
Evan Andrist, ‘11, (fifth from             left) and Don Mathsen, ‘70,             ‘74, (sixth from left) attend a        ...
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filter the water as it slowly travels to the      how UND activities — including students,city’s drain system,” Molldrem s...
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Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
Mark Bateman CEO of BenchMark Energy featured in the UND Fall 2011 Alumni Review
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UND Steam Plant to Burn Cleaner and Greener

As the University of North Dakota forges ahead with its sustainability strategies, “Powered by Green” is becoming even more of a reality with the help of BenchMark Energy.

A major goal of the UND is to burn a cleaner and greener fuel. That includes the University’s coal fired steam plant, which supplies live steam to the campus and several surrounding facilities.

Soon, the UND Steam Plant — built in 1909, upgraded several times, with a 13-mile pipeline network rebuilt after the 1997 flood — will add an environmentally friendlier, renewable energy source to its fuel mix: glycerin.

“We’re going to blend 10 to 20 percent glycerin into the coal to increase the energy value of the fuel,” said Randall Bohlman, technology advancement coordinator at UND Facilities Management.

“This glycerin will be produced in a plant that will be built by BenchMark Energy in Grand Forks starting this fall.”

The University’s proposed glycerin-coal blend will reduce the total amount of coal burned at the UND Steam Plant by about 105 rail cars per year; the plant currently burns 536 cars of coal annually, Bohlman estimates.

BenchMark Energy, CEO Mark Bateman said the planned 21,600-square-foot plant will employ about 30 people when it becomes fully operational.

The facility will process glycerin from several biodiesel plants located in the region.

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  1. 1. Inside:Homecoming 2011Get Your Green On!A handy pullout guide toHomecoming activities
  2. 2. CONTENTSInsidethis issue ALUMNI REVIEW • VOL. 94 NO. 3 • FALL 2011 6 10 14 18FEATURES 6 Taking Flight EERC builds a better jet fuel that’s not only cleaner, but renewable. BY MILO SMITH10 The Platinum Standard Great River Energy’s CEO wants co-op to be the DEPARTMENTS model for green construction. BY MILO SMITH 4 Message from the14 Waste Management Grand Forks company is world leader in Executive Vice President composting and odor control. BY MILO SMITH Getting to work on the Gorecki Alumni Center18 The Green Mile 20 What’s New UND grad holds patents for recycling News from Around Campus worn roads. BY MILO SMITH 21 President’s Letter UND is ‘Powered by Green’ 30 Campaign News New Education Building is model of energy-efficency and a confirmation of North Dakota Spirit 38 Alumni Class News Who’s Doing What: News About Your Classmates 48 In Memoriam www.undalumni.org 3
  3. 3. Alumni ReviewIN THE GROUND Universit y of Nor th Dakota A lumni A ssoc iat ion Executive Vice President and CEO 4 • Winter 2010 Vol . 93 No. Tim O’Keefe, ’71DEAR ALUMNI & FRIENDS, Editor The picture accompanying this column Milo Smith very excited to be “on our way” to LEEDcould imply I’ve changed vocations, but anyone Platinum designation. Designerfamiliar with my mechanical skills would Homecoming 2011 will again see four Sam Melquistimmediately tell you that there’s zero chance outstanding alumni receive the UND Alumnianyone would hire me to operate a backhoe! Association’s highest honor, the Sioux Award. Contributing Writers By association with my role, I had the This year’s recipients are Norm Hoffman, Alyssa Shirek, ‘06great pleasure this spring of turning over one of ’59, retired cofounder and President/CEO of Juan Pedraza, ‘02 the first spades of Technical Ordnance, Inc.; Gary Marsden, ’63, Patrick C. Miller dirt for the $12 retired founder and CEO of Marco, Inc.; Dr. Peter Johnson, ‘81, ‘82 million Gorecki Robert Nordlie, ’57, ’60, a retired Biochemistry Jan Orvik, ‘95 Alumni Center, Caitlin Slator professor from the UND School of Medicine which began & Health Sciences and the former Chair Contributing Photography construction the of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Jackie Lorentz third week in July Department; and Diane Odegard, ’86, a retired Jeremy Jones and will be ready secondary teacher and former member of the for a grand opening UND Alumni Association & Foundation BOARD OF DIRECTORS at Homecoming Board of Directors who played an integral and in October 2012. continuing role in the development of the John UND Alumni Association Chair This project will D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Carolyn (Howland) Becraft, ’66 create our first real Diane and her late husband, John, ’66, ’67, “home,” welcoming Vice Chair were founders of what was a concept, and they Kris Compton, ’77 alumni and friends together drove the development of what has back to UND and become the world’s top aerospace college. UND Foundation Chair offering the campus During the same ceremony on Thursday, Rick Burgum, ’68 a new asset. Oct. 20, we’ll also recognize two deserving The theme for Homecoming 2011 is “Get recipients of the Young Alumni Achievement Vice ChairYour Green On,”a call for all alumni and friends Award: Amanda Bentow, ’04, ’06, Community Al Royse, ’72, ’73, ’76to sport one of our school colors during the week Relations Officer in the Office of the Chiefof Oct. 17-23. Information Officer at UND; and John Kutch, Directors: Alice Brekke, ’79, ’87; Jill Burchill, But the theme could also describe efforts ’93, the President/CEO of Trinity Health in ’76; Steve Burian, ’90, ’92; Marc Chorney,on campus and beyond to recognize the impact ’81; Jody Feragen, ’78; Mark Fliginger, ’74; Minot, N.D. William Guy III, ’68, ’76; Tim Haas, ’68;our energy consumption has on our planet. You can read more about these worthy Bart Holaday, HON ’06; Robert O. Kelley;In this issue of the Alumni Review, you’ll meet award winners in the Homecoming booklet Chuck Kluenker; Linda Laskowski, ’72, ’73;UND alumni, students, staff and professors who included with this issue or by going online to Paul LeBel; Lauris Molbert, ’79, ’83; Jenniferare working to find alternatives to fossil fuels, www.undalumni.org. In both places, you’ll also Neppel, ’86; Tim O’Keefe, ’71; Linda Pancratz,reduce our impact on the environment and build find a complete schedule of Homecoming 2011 ’76; Carrie McIntyre Panetta, ’88; Fernandaenergy-efficient buildings. activities. You’ll notice a new event has been (Santos) Philbrick, ’94, ‘96; Doug Podolak, ’72; The “green” theme of this issue also carries added this year. What’s being called a “Grand Cathy (Wilson) Rydell, ’88; and Lisa Wheeler,over to the Gorecki Alumni Center, as we have Forks Homecoming Celebration” will be held ’75, ’82, James L. Williams, ’62.decided to pursue a LEED Platinum designation, Friday night in the concourse of the Alerusthe highest level of energy efficiency and The University of North Dakota Alumni Review Center. There will be live music, door prizes, (USPS 018089: ISSN 0895-5409) is publishedenvironmental stewardship. We’re thrilled to a pep rally and appearances by Fighting Sioux in August, November, February and Mayfinally be “in the ground,” and you can read all student-athletes. by the University of North Dakota Alumniabout it on page 29. I look forward to seeing many of you on Association, 3100 University Avenue, Stop The LEED Platinum designation came campus this fall at Homecoming. We’ll celebrate 8157, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8157.about in large part because of the persuasion the past, present and future of this greatof David Saggau, ’86, ’89. As the CEO of university together. I hope you can join us! Periodical postage paid at Grand Forks, NDGreat River Energy, David knew firsthand the 58201 and other offices. POSTMASTER: Sendbenefits of LEED Platinum after overseeing the Best regards, address changes to the Alumni Review, 3100achievement of such in the company’s new office University Avenue, Stop 8157, Grand Forks,headquarters in Maple Grove, Minn. He made ND 58202-8157.the argument that we could set an excellent For inquiries about advertising,example for our students and state, and serve Tim O’Keefe, ’71 additional copies, reprints, submissions,as an educational laboratory while benefiting Executive Vice President and CEO or general comments, contactfrom energy and water savings and improved air UND Alumni Association and 800.543.8764, 701.777.0831 orquality. UND Foundation alumnireview@undalumni.net. Next thing you know, through the E‐mail: timo@undfoundation.orggenerosity of Glen and Janice Gransberg, we’re4 Ἅ lu m n i R e v ie w | Fall 2011
  4. 4. g oing “green” can be as simple as changing a light bulb toas challenging as developing an entirely new renewable andcleaner-burning jet fuel. In ways large and small, UND alumniand friends, students, staff and faculty are doing their part topromote a sustainable future. www.undalumni.org 5
  5. 5. FEATURE6 Ἅ lu m n i R e v ie w | Fall 2011
  6. 6. A jet propelled by the EERC’s renewable biofuel shot 20,000 feet into the sky in 2009.TAKING Flight EERC DEVELOPS RENEWABLE JET FUELT By Milo Smith he Mojave Desert has been the The wholly renewable jet fuel director for research at the EERC and scene of a number of jet engine was created by researchers at UND’s program manager for the EERC’s and rocket tests throughout the Energy & Environmental Research Centers for Renewable Energy and history of the aerospace industry, Center (EERC). The team, made up of Biomass Utilization. so the launch of a small rocket a number of UND graduates, worked Besides the fact that the EERC’sfrom its flat valley floor near San Diego for years to perfect the process in order fuel comes from a renewable source, itin 2009 likely looked much like any to meet the military’s strict standard also has the advantage of fungibility, orother. But when the rocket zoomed that the fuel meet all the specifications being easily able to mix with or entirelyfrom its pad and reached an altitude of petroleum-based jet fuel, or what’s replace JP-8. “That’s an exciting aspectof 20,000 feet, it was historic because known in aviation as JP-8. of this research,” says Zygarlicke. “Youit was propelled by a jet fuel made “It looks, smells and acts just like make a fuel that’s fungible in the sensenot from petroleum, but canola and petroleum-based JP-8,” says Chris that you don’t have to create a newsoybean oil. Zygarlicke, ’87, the deputy associate engine. There are no issues. It goes right www.undalumni.org 7
  7. 7. A rocket test in the Mojave desert in2009 using the EERC’s renewable jetfuel was a success. The rocket usedin the launch was originally built as atest rocket for the Discovery Channelseries “MythBusters.”Watch a video of the launchinto the engine with no problems. It can be The process is viable because it does notblended, too.” take a large input of crop oils to produce a gallon of the fuel. Zygarlicke says it has betterFROM FIELD TO FUEL energy efficiency than ethanol from corn Zygarlicke describes the process as and could be done without making great“very simple,” but it sounds like anything demands on U.S. cropland. “If we use landbut simple to someone without a Chemical that is a little marginal to grow crop oil andEngineering degree. “You take an oil and maybe develop other ways to use a lot of thestrip off the oxygen. We crack that in a waste oil that’s out there, we could replace acracker similar to what’s used in an oil significant portion of the military’s need forrefinery and then we upgrade that. It’s called hydrocarbon fuel,” he says.isomerization. You break the chains into As a result of the EERC’s and other labs’more of a fuel quality that gives you all the work on renewable jet fuel, Zygarlicke saysproperties of a jet fuel.” the military is interested in the product, but During its research into renewable for now the fuel is too expensive to produce.JP-8, the EERC discovered that not only “As economies of scale come into play, thencould a number of crop oils like crambe and the costs definitely will come down percamelina be used in the process, but yellow gallon,” he says.grease and the byproduct of oil-producing The military has other concerns, though,algae work as well. that could make renewable fuel viable sooner Josh Strege, ‘05, Research Engineer8 Ἅ lu m n i R e v ie w | Fall 2011
  8. 8. Members of the renewable jet fuel research team: Front Row (L to R): Paul Pansegrau, ’81, Research Scientist; Tony Snyder, ‘00, Research Engineer; Heidi Vettleson, Research Information Associate; Tera Buckley, ‘01, Marketing Research Specialist Middle Row (L to R): Alexey Ignatchenko, Research Scientist; Marc Kurz, ‘93, Research Manager; Michael Collings, ‘83, Research Engineer Back Row (L to R): Chad Wocken, ‘94, Senior Research Manager; Kyle Martin, ‘01, ’02, ‘05, Research Engineer; Tim Kujawa, Research Specialist.rather than later. The renewable fuel couldprove to be a strategic advantage. What if amilitary unit — JP-8 doesn’t only fuel jets,it also powers tanks and generators — couldproduce its own fuel on the battlefield fromlocal crops? Congress might also mandatethat a certain amount of JP-8 come fromrenewable sources in order to reduce U.S. On the Webreliance on foreign sources of petroleum. EERC Centers for Renewable Energy & Biomass The EERC’s research has also shown Utilizationthat the renewable fuel burns cleaner than EERC Flickr photostreamtraditional JP-8. “They (the military) wantto go green,” says Zygarlicke. “Most ofthe alternative fuels are cleaner burning.Emissions are huge during takeoff.” After years of study, the crop oil refining they have family or they love this area and and biomass resources at home in Northprocess is ready for commercial production. they want to come back. And we end up Dakota and throughout the United States,”“We have a bid-ready design for an oil hiring people back to the EERC. Three or says EERC Director Gerald Groenewold.refinery. The refinery could add on extra four key people in our jet fuel project were “We are directly responding to the president’sequipment, take a triglyceride oil feedstock, UND grads that had been hired away and blueprint for a secure energy future, puttingand make this 100 percent renewable jet fuel then came back.” the EERC front and center in providingor blend it into a petroleum-based jet fuel. The EERC also employs UND graduate solutions to the pressing energy needs of theA green fuel is good for public relations and and undergraduate students while they are world by teaming with coal, petroleum, andgood as a first step to prove to the world that in school, giving them valuable hands-on biomass producers.”this can be done.” experience at a world-renowned research lab. The new fuel burns cleanly and is now “It’s a great model for us to attract a work being tested further by the U.S. military.LOCAL TALENT force,” say Zygarlicke. Might it become routine in the future for While the EERC hires research scientists a U.S. Air Force F-16 to be powered by a fuelfrom all over the world, more than half (57 ADDING COAL TO THE MIX grown in a field in North Dakota or derivedpercent) of its 350 employees have been This summer, the EERC took its research from a fast food restaurant’s used grease? Ifeducated at UND. Zygarlicke himself was into alternative fuel a step further when it so, that rocket test launch from the Mojavea teacher for a while before going back created a JP-8 substitute using biomass and Desert in 2009 will likely be looked at as ato school to get his master’s degree from coal feedstocks. The EERC says adding coal to watershed moment in aviation history. ARUND. He says the Chemical Engineering the mix reduces the environmental footprintdepartment at UND has a “fine program,” of the fuel, limits land use in competitionso graduates can get a good salary working with food production and draws on the vastfor big-name companies around the country. coal reserves of the United States.“After they’ve been out there a few years, a lot “With this innovative technology, weof these graduates grew up around this area, can safely and responsibly develop our coal www.undalumni.org 9
  9. 9. FEATURE Platinum The Standard “E verything old is new again,” says David Saggau, ’86, ’89, about the environmentally friendly features of Great River Energy’s corporate headquarters in Maple Grove, Minn. Saggau, who became CEO of the energy co-op in 2005, is referring to the wind tower out front and a cistern buried in the ground next to the 166,000-square-foot building. “Think about old farms in North Dakota. UND ALUM DAVID SAGGAU LEADS AN ENERGY They had windmills. They had cisterns to collect CO-OP WITH A FOCUS ON CONSERVATION. rainwater. We have the same stuff here. We collect rainwater from the roof and we use that to flush By Milo Smith our toilets. We have a windmill that provides 10 percent of our electricity. A lot of the ideas are not new. They are just being rediscovered.” The cistern and windmill are not the only green features of the building (see page 13 for more). It was the first commercial building in Minnesota to secure Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Platinum status,10 Ἅ lu m n i R e v ie w | Fall 2011
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  11. 11. A wind turbine provides power to the Great River Energy building, while 36 miles of tubing at the bottom of a nearby lake are part of the heating/ cooling system. Saggau says he could not be prouder UND SPARKS INTEREST that his suggestion has taken root. “For Saggau credits his time at UND for UND to be pulling the trigger on a Platinum leading him to a career in the energy field. building speaks volumes about the university The Devils Lake, N.D., native got his and reminds everyone that when building the most rigorous standard for sustainability undergraduate degree in 1986 and started starts again (after the economic downturn), and environmental friendliness. The law school immediately. While in law this is the example that you want to follow. standards are so demanding that there are still school, one of his favorite law professors, There will be a lot of visitors who just want only seven buildings in Minnesota that have Owen Anderson, suggested he write his Law to tour the building. And you are leading by qualified as Platinum projects. The Gorecki Review article on an oil and gas law case. example. I think that is very commendable.” Alumni Center on the UND campus is the “Had I chosen a divorce case, I would be first to seek that level in North Dakota. a family law attorney today,” Saggau jokes. So why would an energy company that “On the strength of that (article), I got a job GREEN HEADQUARTERS derives most of its energy from coal care with FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Saggau is also proud of his company’s to build one of the greenest, most energy- Commission.” commitment to energy sustainability, efficient buildings in the world? Saggau says Saggau, whose glass-walled office is showcased in every inch of its four-story he gets that question all the time and answers decorated with UND and Fighting Sioux headquarters. “It’s a good representation by saying the cheapest — and cleanest — memorabilia, says his years on the Grand of who we are,” he says. “It’s efficient and kilowatt-hour is the one they don’t have Forks campus were influential “I loved every progressive and transparent and cutting to produce. “It is so expensive to build minute of it. My office is an ode to North edge, and those are all things I would use to new power plants,” he says. “We’ve got to Dakota. The university is really a special describe the company as well. There are a lot encourage people to use less of our product jewel.” of reasons why this building really fits Great because the more efficient the buildings, the It was Saggau who floated the idea River Energy.” longer we can wait before we have to build that the UND Alumni Association and The co-op’s mission is built around three the next plant.” UND Foundation pursue Platinum status core values: affordable rates, reliable electric Saggau says it also makes sense from the for the Gorecki Alumni Center now being service and environmental stewardship. “It’s standpoint of corporate social responsibility. constructed on the UND campus (read a bit unique for an electric utility, especially “Quite frankly, we are a utility company. We an update on page 29). Executive Vice a coal-based one, to have environmental burn coal. We run transmission lines. People President/CEO Tim O’Keefe says the original stewardship as one of its key points, but rely on our products. We have a responsibility goal was to seek LEED Silver designation for culturally that’s just who we are.” beyond just the customers we serve. We the building, but Saggau made a compelling While the Great River Energy impact, in a lot of ways, the people of this argument for upping the commitment. “He headquarters building turns heads with its region. Just from a social responsibility, was really persuasive in saying what a shining form and function, it is on the balance sheet we have to be leaders in things like energy symbol the Gorecki Alumni Center could be where Saggau says the building really sells efficiency and environmentalism.” as a Platinum building,” O’Keefe says. itself as a model for developers. “There’s a real12 Ἅ lu m n i R e v ie w | Fall 2011
  12. 12. GREEN BUILDING: What makes Great River Energy’s Maple Grove office building a model of energy efficiency? Daylighting: A long east-west orientation of the building maximizes daylight harvesting. Windows on the east and west walls, though, are kept to a minimum to reduce unwanted solar heat gain. “A lot of points we got on this building (for LEED Platinum certification) were from daylighting, figuring out where the sun is,” says David Saggau, CEO of Great River Energy, “where the work spaces are and figuring out how to get the most daylight to those areas. It’s a combination of art and sci- ence.” The building is also broken up by atriums that help direct light into the interior of the building. Most interior walls are glass, reducing the need for On the Web artificial lighting. GRE LEED building webpage Water: Rainwater is captured from the parking lot and roof and used Flickr slideshow of building images for irrigation and for flushing toilets, reducing the use of the municipal water supply by 90 percent. Renewable Energy: Nearly 15 percent of the building’s requiredmisconception that the incremental cost of doing electricity comes from renewable sources: an on-site 200-kilowatt wind tur- bine and solar energy panels mounted on the roof of the building and in thea green building is 20, 30 or 40 percent,” Saggau parking lot. Interesting fact: The wind turbine is a recycled unit that has seensays. “For large buildings like this, the incremental service in the Netherlands.costs would not approach this.” Heat Pump: The 36 miles of tubing that make up the building’s geo- In reality, the “green premium” on Great thermal heating/air conditioning system are buried not in the ground, but atRiver’s building was closer to five percent, a the bottom of a nearby lake. In the summer, the system exchanges heat fromcost that will be paid back in years rather than the building and is cooled by the lake. Warmth from the lake is absorbed bydecades by using 50 percent less electricity and the system in the winter and pumped to the building. The system is so ef-90 percent less water than a traditional building. ficient that there is no back up chiller or boiler in the building.“Conservation is a long-term resource,” Saggau HVAC: Under-floor displacement ventilation eliminates the need forsays. “It can’t be judged in a year or even a decade. blower fans to force air through the building. Instead, natural convectionDuring this building’s lifecycle it will save a lot of drives the airflow from floor to ceiling. “It’s always the perfect temperature,”energy.” says Saggau. “The beautiful thing about this building is we’ve had zero is- It’s an uphill battle, though, to convince sues with hot spots or cold spots.”developers to adopt green building initiatives. Construction:Electricity is cheap in the U.S., leaving very • More than 95 percent of construction waste was recycled. • 18 percent of the materials used in the building are post-consumerlittle incentive to go green. But Saggau says it’s a or pre-consumer recycled content.movement he’d like to see pick up steam. “The • Fly ash, a byproduct created when coal is burned to generatestuff that we are using is finite, and we better electricity, was mixed into the concrete used to create the building’sfigure out how to make it last. Let’s stretch it out if structural frame. Fly ash from GRE’s Coal Creek Station power plantwe can. This building is an example of how easy it was also used as carpet backing.can be to do that.” • Local products were used including Mankato limestone and Lake Saggau also says the fear of trying something Superior granite.new keeps developers and contractors from • Energy-efficient elevators use 60 percent less power than regularthinking green. It’s hard to convince them that elevatorsthey should change the way they’ve been doingthings for decades. “I’m a strong believer that Other Green Features: • Close to mass transit.buildings today are very inefficient,” he says. “The • Showers provided for those who bike to work.proven technologies are there today. They are cost- • Bicycles can be checked out by employees who need to run errandseffective today. There is no excuse for not building nearby.to the highest efficiency level possible.” • Prime parking spaces dedicated to fuel-efficient vehicles. Saggau says there is only one thing about the • Green space around building is 25 percent higher than what wasbuilding’s construction he’d do differently if he required by Maple Grove’s building code.had a chance to do it all over again: “We should • Building recycling program includes waste bins for compostablehave done it years earlier.” AR waste. www.undalumni.org 13
  13. 13. FEATURE WASTE MANAGEMENT GRAND FORKS COMPANY TAKES THE SMELL OUT OF LARGE-SCALE COMPOSTING FACILITIES By Milo Smith14 Ἅ lu m n i R e v ie w | Fall 2011
  14. 14. A biofilter engineered by BacTee sits next to one of the nation’s largest composting facilities in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. E van Andrist, ’11, graduated from UND in May with an Engineering degree and had already landed a job with BacTee Systems, Inc., of Grand Forks when he was asked if he could start early. BacTee has developed a reputation for design and construction of composting and biofiltration systems. It is the latter that initially helped the company gain recognition and acceptance. Composting on a large scale has been around for more than 50 years in the U.S., but BacTee’s The organic waste management systems chief scientist, Calvin Tininenko, says company needed Andrist to fly to China nearly $8 billion of constructed facilities to help work on one of the largest built in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s were closed composting facilities in the world. “I was for one principal reason: odor. on my way to Beijing before I got my first paycheck,” he jokes. ODOR CONTROL Such is the way of doing business “There is no question that there is a for the firm, which has its roots in the stigma in the minds of many people when UND School of Engineering & Mines, you talk about siting a new compostingT and whose workforce is predominantly facility,” Mathsen says. “The issue of odors, UND graduates. Founder Don Mathsen, dust, truck traffic, it comes up. But now ’70, ’74, was a teacher, researcher, the there are more and more facilities that you director of development, and a research can take them to and say, ‘Look, if you do administrator during two decades with the it right, you can virtually eliminate those department. As BacTee’s chief engineer, issues and be a good neighbor.’” he now leads the effort to turn waste into One of those model composting earth-friendly compost and filter out facilities is in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. the bad odor long associated with such BacTee designed the 3½-acre biofilter for facilities. “We have found a niche, if you the facility that processes 150,000 tons will, in the composting world truly on an of biosolids and 60,000 tons of wood international level,” Mathsen says. and green waste a year. “When they were www.undalumni.org 15
  15. 15. ‘I was on my way to Beijing before I got my first paycheck.’ marketing that facility,” Mathsen says, “they had a saying: ‘If it smells, we’re dead.’” With BacTee’s biofilter in place, they have never had a complaint about smell, he says with pride, even though the facility sits in the middle of an industrial park in a metro area with a correctional institution nearby. The odor is controlled by doing the composting inside a 400,000-square-foot building. Biosolids and other compostable material are blended, placed into piles and aerated. What might take 12 to 18 WASTE DOESN’T “We understand the value of compost months to become compost under normal GO TO WASTE better than at any time in history,” About 20 percent of the more than 7 Tininenko says. “We got away from that circumstances can be accomplished in million tons of biosolids produced in the in the 1950s when chemistry became 40 to 60 days. The process does produce U.S. each year are incinerated to create everything. Some of the soil problems that odors, but at Rancho Cucamonga, air in the electricity, but there are few other options are occurring worldwide are the result of building is drawn through the compost piles for the waste. Historically, biosolids from our dependence upon chemical products by fans that then route the foul air through wastewater treatment plants were sent to and the impact of those practices on soil underground ducts to BacTee’s biofilter. landfills, applied directly to farm fields microbes. We can grow those microbes The floor of the biofilter is made up of or even dumped into the ocean. In a in the compost world and can really help a series of 7-inch-tall, 2–foot-by-16-inch landfill, biosolids can lead to methane gas change that situation. With properly plastic units that help to move air under problems and take up valuable space. Farm prepared compost you don’t need the and then up through a wood chip media. application is cheap, but it can be a messy fungicides or quantity of fungicides that Over a short period of time indigenous job that is burdened with odor problems we’ve been using for years. You don’t need microbes attach, grow on the media and and it is not always practical in urban areas. nearly as much fertilizer either, and the soil form a biofilm. The odorous gases are Ocean disposal was outlawed by the United percolates better.” absorbed into the biofilm and degraded by States in 1988. Thanks to new ways to In California, there was some the microbes. The 38,000 floor units used in control odors, composting, Mother Nature’s skepticism about the Rancho Cucamonga the California project were made in Minot, recycling program, is back in favor in large- facility. Detractors said there was no urban N.D., from recycled material. scale facilities. market for the 90,000 tons of compost produced every year and that it would have16 Ἅ lu m n i R e v ie w | Fall 2011
  16. 16. Evan Andrist, ‘11, (fifth from left) and Don Mathsen, ‘70, ‘74, (sixth from left) attend a business meeting in China. The biofilter at Rancho Cucamonga is so effective, BacTee chief scientist Cal Tininenko says you could “almost put a church next to it”and no one would smell the compost. On the Webto be trucked out of town to farms. But in credits his UND experience with preparingreality Tininenko says it all gets used in the him for the trip. “I was able to hop in right BacTee websitelocal area. “If they had twice as much, they away thanks to the co-op experiences and Flickr slideshowcould sell twice as much,” he says. different classes I took. I was able to come in, understand things and make decisions.The China Factor They kind of threw me in the deep end and The benefits of composting have I started to swim right away.”convinced planners in China. BacTee Andrist says the company’sis doing the design and overseeing the environmental work was key to his decisionconstruction of one of the world’s largest to take a job with BacTee. “I like to becomposting sites for the city of Harbin. The conscious of the environment,” he says.facility is designed to compost 1,000 metric “That’s one of the things that drove metons per day of biosolids from a city of 8 toward this company. We are taking waste,million people. At two other sites, for the literally waste, and we are recycling it intocities of Nanyang and Xinxiang, the BacTee something usable. And on top of that, thereteam is not only contracted to design and are opportunities to be as eco-friendly asbuild compost facilities, but also to operate possible. We are trying to make as small ofthem. an eco-footprint as possible.” AR It is the Harbin project that had BacTeenewcomer Evan Andrist jumping on a planeto China in his first week of work. Andrist www.undalumni.org 17
  17. 17. FEATURE THE GREEN MILE UND ALUM HOLDS PATENTS FOR RECYCLING OLD AND DAMAGED ROADS By Milo Smith T he most recycled item in the world is not aluminum, plastic or paper; it’s asphalt. Arlis Kadrmas, ’87, who has made a career of working in the field, says about 85 percent of the asphalt you see on roadways, when it serves its useful life, will “Basically, you are kind of renewing the road to where it was when it was originally placed,” Kadrmas said. “The patents are on the design process, not the application process. The in-place recycling of roads has been done for decades, but improvement in the design be recycled in some way. technique make it more acceptable to road The Chemical Engineering grad is departments.” an expert on recycling asphalt. He owns Kadrmas has patents for two different a number of patents on processes for recycling design processes. One called removing old material, adding asphalt hot in-place recycling involves heating Arlis Kadrmas, a 1987 Chemical emulsions to it and putting it back in up the pavement, adding material to it Engineering grad, has patents place without ever leaving the job site. and putting it back in place. The other for road recycling processes.18 Ἅ lu m n i R e v ie w | Fall 2011
  18. 18. process is cold in-place recycling, which eliminates theneed for heat, making it safer for road constructionworkers. “It’s very green in that it is done in place,”Kadrmas said. “You don’t haul it in and out, whicheliminates the fuel used to move it.” Kadrmas’ techniques also use more An asphalt recycling project near Red Lodge, Mont.environmentally friendly solvent-less emulsions. “It’sanalogous to latex-based paints versus a solvent-basedpaint in painting your home,” Kadrmas said. “Itreduces VOC (volatile organic compound) emissionsgreatly by reducing the solvent and doing the processin-place. To specifically design those emulsions for the ‘If you had told me incold and hot in-place recycling processes is where theChemical Engineering degree from UND came to bevery helpful.” Kadrmas is understandably proud of hispatents. “It’s extremely nice to say these are out there, the ’80s thatespecially the cold in-place recycling. It’s patented inChina, Russia, Mexico and the United States.” Kadrmas says the Russian patent is an especially I would haveprized possession for a person who grew up during thefinal years of the Cold War. “If you had told me in the’80s that I would have a Russian patent in my name, I a Russianwould have told you [that] you were crazy,” Kadrmassaid. patent in my name, I would Kadrmas finds the concept so entertaining thathe has put the Russian patent certificate on display.“I have the Chinese and Mexican versions in my filecabinet, but the Russian one I have on the wall next tomy U.S. patent.” have told you His patented process has been used on projects innumerous states across the country, with a few projectsin the Dakotas, Montana and Minnesota. One of his [that] youpatented processes was used to design the annual bestcold recycling project three times as determined by theAsphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association. were crazy.’ The Manning, N.D., native started out as aphysics major at UND, but soon changed to theChemical Engineering program. There he found a in-place recycling patents. “You have to broadenmentor in Professor Tom Owens. “He was a great yourself. If you just focus on the chemistry part inperson to have as an adviser, and a great leader in the making emulsions, you don’t understand how theyChemical Engineering department. He told me how are mixed together. I love to learn and I continuedChemical Engineering is such a broad degree to have, on and learned how to make these products better bythat you could do a lot of different things with it.” improving the design technique.” That broad knowledge came in handy as he Kadrmas’ curiosity and desire to learn have notworked with a civil engineer as a co-inventor to abated. He just received his fourth U.S. patent; thisstudy and perfect the processes involved in the cold time for a pavement preservation technique. AR www.undalumni.org 19
  19. 19. CAMPUS NEWS Randall Bohlman, technology advancement coordinator at UND Facilities Management, holds one of the new induction cobra street lamps that will replace current high-pressure sodium vapor cobra lamps in UND parking lots. What’s New News from ARO Campus Photo by: Jackie Lorentz A Partnership with University Relations From plans to green up the coal-burning steam plant to the use of recycled materials in its cafeterias, UND has focused on green initiatives in recent years. Read all about them and the people behind the “Powered by Green” push.20 Ἅ lu m n i R e v ie w | Fall 2011
  20. 20. PRESIDENT’S LETTER UND President Robert Kelley is proud of the display outside his office door which features work from UND’s extensive art collection. The display of rotating work could serve as a model for the remodeled Education Building and new addition. Dean Dan Rice wants the building to feature UND and North Dakota artists who demonstrate a sense of place in their work. Green Powered byDEAR ALUMNI & FRIENDS, The University of North Dakota is “Powered by Green,” as The University of North Dakota is truly “Powered by Green,”this issue of the Alumni Review demonstrates. As we continue from the color that drives our athletic teams to the focus onto become an “Exceptional UND,” one of our drivers is a focus sustainability that drives our facilities management. It is just oneon sustainability and being as green as we can be. This issue way we are creating an Exceptional UND.showcases some of these efforts, from the work at the Energy &Environmental Research Center and the School of Engineering EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTSand Mines to the “greening” of Dining Services. You can’t have an exceptional university without exceptional For example, a shining new star in our constellation of students, and we are fortunate to have many examples. I wantbuildings is the newly remodeled Education Building and its to mention just two, our Student Government President Kylieaddition. It is the “greenest” facility on our campus to date. We Oversen and Vice President Nate Elness. I am delighted andhave recently broken ground on the Gorecki Alumni Center, impressed by the outstanding leadership we are already seeingwhich is being built to the highest LEED (Leadership in Energy early in their term. Kylie is a member of my Cabinet, where sheand Environmental Design) standard. Both projects are excellent has been a thoughtful and strong advocate for students, andexamples of North Dakota Spirit | The Campaign for UND, as she engages the rest of the Cabinet with her intelligence andthese buildings will be among the most energy efficient on dedication. Nate has been equally effective. Together, they makecampus. Using about 24 percent less energy than comparably an impressive team working for students and for an Exceptionalsized facilities translates into cost savings in the long run — UND.another way of being “green.” You will also learn that evoking a sense of place — of NorthDakota — is a strong focus in the new Education Building and Best wishes,addition. Dr. Dan Rice, dean of the College of Education andHuman Development, wanted to remind folks that they are inNorth Dakota. The story on page 30 explains how the colorpalette, for example, provides a rich connection to the crops ofthe region and the endless azure sky. The Education Building was created as a state-of-the-art Robert O. Kelleyteaching facility by integrating the most current technologies. PresidentUND has made great strides in this area, so much so that nationalcompanies providing this type of technological support foruniversities see UND as a model. The North Dakota Legislature,as well, in recognition of UND’s growing technology leadership,appropriated funds for the construction of the North DakotaUniversity System’s Information Technology building on the UNDcampus. This system-wide project is being led by UND’s chiefinformation officer, Dr. Joshua Riedy. www.undalumni.org 21
  21. 21. CAMPUS NEWS Larry Zitzow, Director of Photo by: Jackie Lorentz Powered By UND Facilities Management, stands in the storm water filtration system behind Green University Place. Selective planting helps to remove pollutants from parking lot runoff from getting into the storm sewer. UND PURSUES A GREEN STRATEGY THAT TOUCHES ALL a PARTS OF CAMPUS — a catchment that collects rainwater from the roof of University Place and delivers it cleaned-up to the BIG PATCH OF UNMOWED GRASS AND Grand Forks storm drain system,” said Larry Zitzow, WEEDS: THAT’S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. director of UND Facilities Management. University But look a bit closer. There’s a storm drain in the Place is UND’s newest student housing complex that middle, protected by a domed grate. The “weeds” are includes several “green” technologies, including the actually native prairie plants that act as natural filters storm water management system. and a “brake” for fast-flowing storm water. And the “The plants in the catch basin filter out heavy soils and vegetation along the way reduce the amount metals, too,” said Rebecca Molldrem, an architect of water that actually gets to the drain through and sustainability coordinator for JLG Architects, absorption. the company behind University Place, the Education What ends up in the city’s storm drain from this Building project and the new Gorecki Alumni Center. catchment is relatively clean water that requires fewer The Center is pursuing LEED Platinum certification. chemicals to purify in the city’s treatment plant. “That will include a special parking lot designed “This is a progressive piece of the University of with previous pavement and a trough down the center North Dakota’s systematic approach to sustainability of the parking lanes to a drain below ground that will22 Ἅ lu m n i R e v ie w | Fall 2011
  22. 22. filter the water as it slowly travels to the how UND activities — including students,city’s drain system,” Molldrem said. faculty and staff — impact the University’s These are just some ways in which carbon emissions. The GHG Inventory UND Steam Plantthe University is “powered by green,” asPresident Robert Kelley puts it. He and was performed and managed by graduate students and faculty from the UND to Burn Cleanerhis Cabinet have been strong advocates for Department of Earth System Science and As the University ofthe University matching its practices to its Policy; ESSP also does the updates. North Dakota forges aheadinstitutional color. “Energy projects started real hot and with sustainability strategies, “Sustainability and environmentally heavy with 2001 state legislation,” Bohlman “Powered by Green” isfriendly construction are a core part of said. “Since that time, the University becoming even more of a reality.UND’s long-term ‘green’ strategy,” said acquired $8 million in several grants toZitzow, whose division has supervised make improvements to our facilities. The A major goal: burningscores of energy upgrades and sustainability best thing is that we’ve repaid that $8 cleaner and greener fuel. Thatprojects across campus over the past decade million through energy savings. includes the University’s coal-and more. “There’s a lot more going on with “That legislation allowed us, for the fired steam plant, which suppliessustainability than changing light bulbs, first time, to be our own performance live steam to the campus andthough we’ve changed close to 20,000 of contractors, thus saving the cost of putting several surrounding facilities.them, with energy savings equivalent to these services together by doing a lot oftaking 600 homes off the power grid.” them with in-house expertise,” Bohlman Soon, the UND Steam “We didn’t just start this yesterday,” said. Plant — built in 1909, upgradedsaid Zitzow, who chairs the University “It’s a remarkable effort on the several times, with a 13-milePresident’s Council on Sustainability. part of the University and underscores pipeline network rebuilt after For Randy Bohlman, the sustainability the administration’s commitment to the 1997 flood — will addguru in Facilities Management, it’s a lifelong sustainability,” Zitzow said. “At a time when an environmentally friendlier,professional commitment. the state’s economy is as good as it is, we “UND’s sustainability efforts really continue to make strides to continue to save renewable energy source to itsgot going when former President Charles taxpayer dollars.” fuel mix: glycerin.Kupchella signed the climate commitment, The showier brick-and-mortar projects “We’re going to blendwhich was endorsed by President Kelley aren’t all that’s going on. 10 to 20 percent glycerinwhen he took over,” said Bohlman, who has “We use all green cleaning products into the coal to increase themanaged the University’s two $1 million now,” Bohlman said. “We’ve condensed our energy value of the fuel,” saidNorth Dakota Department of Commerce former list of about 35 products down tofederal flow-through awards titled “ARRA about 12 green-certified products, including Randall Bohlman, technology(American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) no ammonia products.” advancement coordinator atEnergy Efficiency Improvement Program for UND also is big on recycling, Zitzow UND Facilities Management.State Facilities.” noted. “This glycerin will be produced “It’s becoming even a bigger item in a plant that will be built inCLIMATE ACTION REPORT as precious metals have become more Grand Forks starting this fall.” A key chapter in UND’s sustainability valuable,” such as those found in computersplan is the Climate Action Report — first and other high-tech electronic equipment, The University’s proposedissued in March 2010 and updated since Zitzow said. “This has increased the need to glycerin-coal blend will reducethen — a living document that’s posted salvage these materials and actually make the the total amount of coal burnedonline and reflects the work of more than a effort worthwhile. It all equates to less going at the UND Steam Plant bydozen committees and subcommittees. into the landfill.” about 105 rail cars per year; The report encapsulates very specific Facilities Management also is working the plant currently burns 536strategies across campus to save energy, with UND’s food division — part ofreduce carbon impact, and reinvest saved Residence Services in the Vice President cars of coal annually, Bohlmandollars into future sustainability efforts. The for Student Affairs division — on future estimates.Climate Action Report also benchmarks sustainability developments, such as an Energy Partners CEOactions and quantifies the dollar savings of industrial-grade composting site and an herb Mark Bateman said the plannedcompleted sustainability and green energy garden, Zitzow said. The UND Department 21,600-square-foot plant willprojects—in other words, it measures, in a of Chemical Engineering is examining employ about 30 people when itvery public way, the return on sustainability ways to use waste grease as a renewable fuelinvestments. source. AR becomes fully operational. The The report is keyed to the University’s facility will process glycerin fromGreenhouse Gas Inventory, updated this — Juan Miguel Pedraza, University Relations several biodiesel plants locatedpast year, and also posted online. The GHG On the Web in the region.Inventory documents exactly where and Find UND’s Climate Action Plan, Greenhouse Gas Report, recycling information and more. www.undalumni.org 23
  23. 23. CAMPUS NEWS ‘Green’ Means More than Salad UND SERVES UP WAYS FOR STUDENTS TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT Orlynn Rosaasen, director Photo by: Jackie Lorentz of Dining Services, holds a Beef patties, bulk ground beef and whole chicken are 100 reusable to-go container that percent hormone- and antibiotic-free. Seafood purchased students can use and return. meets the “Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch” Rosaasen says it’s crucial that guidelines, a program designed to help restaurants choose a Dining Services uses eco-friendly materials to cut down on waste. seafood that is fished in a sustainable way. Because so many students, faculty and guests are served every day, Rosaasen says it’s crucial that Dining Services uses eco-friendly materials to cut down on waste. They offer reusable mugs and to-go containers at the dining centers, and use compostable, renewable products for cutlery, cups and plates. A 50-cent discount is given at Stomping Grounds Coffee Shops when customers LL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, HOMES, reuse a ceramic cup. Trayless dining was introduced as a BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS ARE BECOMING voluntary program for students in the dining center. “GREENER,” and the University of North Dakota’s Recycling wasted food is another area where Dining Dining Services is doing its part to help the university Services uses sustainable practices, Rosaasen noted. All join that trend. pre- and post-consumer food scraps are run through a Dining Services operates three dining halls that pulper. Edible food is donated to the Northlands Rescue serve about 7,000 people every day. Orlynn Rosaasen Mission, a Grand Forks homeless shelter, and cooking is the Director of Dining Services and is also a sub- oil is recycled for biodiesel production. All dining centers committee chair of UND’s Council on Environmental practice traditional recycling of aluminum, cardboard, Stewardship and Sustainability. He explains how going glass, paper and plastics. green is important: “The initiatives are to foster the local Dining Services’ green initiatives coincide with economy, and environmentally it is the correct thing to the UND’s climate action plan. UND has signed the do. We are looking at how we can do our part to meet American College and University Presidents Climate the goals of the institution.” Commitment, which holds the University responsible Many new sustainable techniques have already been for implementing new ways to reduce its contribution to implemented to lessen the University’s carbon footprint. greenhouse gases. One of the largest initiatives is purchasing food locally. Rosaasen says most feedback received from students This includes food that has been grown, raised, produced about the Dining Services changes has been positive. or processed within 150 miles of Grand Forks. Currently, Dining Services picks up ideas for green initiatives from the University receives a variety of food from 17 regional various student committees, other universities and manufacturers. Purchasing food processed or produced national organizations. Dining Services continues to closer to UND is an effective way of cutting down on provide a great example to students on how to better transportation costs as well. protect the planet. AR Rosaasen points out that food quality has also improved as a result of Dining Service’s “green” efforts. — Caitlin Slator, University Relations Student Writer24 Ἅ lu m n i R e v ie w | Fall 2011
  24. 24. Coal and clean air:Can they coexist?EERC OUT TO PROVE COALcCAN BE BURNED CLEANLY AN YOU REALLY BURN CLEAN COAL? Yes, says Gerald Groenewold, ’71, ’72, director of the University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC). Scientists at the EERC and their corporate partners have developed technologies to burn coal with little or no emissions and can design a coal-fired power plant that emits zero emissions. The cost is about 40 to 60 percent more Gerald Groenewold, ’71, ’72, than current technology and is expected to decrease as the serves as director of the UND EERC. technology is enhanced. WHY COAL? consistently removed 99.99 percent of emitted particulates “It’s estimated that energy demand worldwide will increase and was recently licensed to a Chinese company, Fujian by 50 to 100 percent over the next few decades,” Groenewold Longking. said. “You can’t double petroleum and renewables, at triple the “The people here are very smart and extremely cost of coal, won’t grow dramatically. The bottom line is that honorable, with a burning desire to do something useful there are enormous coal reserves, especially in China and India. with their lives,” Groenewold said. “People who work here Coal is a resource they will use — it’s abundant and cost- want to improve the world.” effective.” As the world’s population grows, more people will One of the EERC’s greatest strengths, he said, is that demand a better life. “The only way to meet the demand is by the Center is able to hire many of its staff from the region. using the most abundant resource — coal — in an absolutely Sixty-five percent of them have graduated from North clean manner.” Dakota institutions, and 57 percent are UND graduates. That global outlook and expertise in developing But there is also a strong global presence. The 330 people and commercializing new technology to help protect the who work at the Center come from every inhabited environment have helped the EERC thrive. With 11 nationally continent except Australia and speak a dozen languages. and internationally recognized Centers of Excellence, 26 “We are a family of like-minded, practical, creative buildings on 15 acres, $194 million in contracts (83 percent people, who receive no state funding,” Groenewold said. of them with private entities), and over 1,100 clients in 51 “Everything we do is pulled by the market.” AR countries and 50 states, the EERC is one of the world’s leading developers of cleaner, more efficient energy and environmental — Jan Orvik, University Relations technologies that protect and clean our air, water and soil. On the Web The secret to their success? The EERC’s staff develops EERC Coal Utilization Technologies Center commercially viable technology that clients cannot find anywhere else in the world. “We invent things people want,” Groenewold said. For example, the EERC demonstrated a particulate control technology at the Big Stone Power Plant, a coal-fired electric generating station, near Milbank, S.D. That technology www.undalumni.org 25
  25. 25. CAMPUS NEWS Steve Benson, director of UND’s Institute for Energy Studies (IES) envisions the University’s steam plant as a facility for testing new technologies and educating energy experts. Photo by: Jackie Lorentz Thinking Locally, Acting Globally m INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY STUDIES: A UND COLLABORATION ADDRESSING ENERGY CHALLENGES AKING THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA platform for testing new technologies and a platform for A PREMIER ENERGY UNIVERSITY ISN’T ONLY educating the next generation of energy experts.” ABOUT EDUCATION AND RESEARCH; it’s also Two and a half years ago, Hesham El-Rewini, dean about making the campus cleaner and greener by putting of the School of Engineering and Mines (SEM), proposed eco-friendly technologies to practical use. the IES, a coordinated effort to bring together UND’s For example, Steve Benson, director of UND’s diverse expertise in energy-related fields. Administered by Institute for Energy Studies (IES) and professor of Engineering, the Institute provides a framework for these Chemical Engineering, envisions the University’s steam entities to work in collaboration using a comprehensive plant as a facility that not only provides heat for the approach focused on solving energy issues locally and campus, but also as a place to demonstrate cleaner, globally. more efficient technology while serving as a functioning “This is a great opportunity to put ourselves on laboratory for students. the map,” El-Rewini said. “To become a premier energy “We’re planning to use proven, ultra-clean technology university, it can’t just be Engineering; it needs to be the that provides competitive economics, reduces carbon entire University. We’re here to help our community, to dioxide emissions and is designed to meet changing help our state and to help our nation, and that’s what we environmental standards,” he explained. “It will be a should be doing.”26 Ἅ lu m n i R e v ie w | Fall 2011
  26. 26. THE GRADUATE SCHOOL Dean’s Corner: Transitions: Dean Bonoit 10 Years of Visionary Growth Dear Alumni and Friends, It has been another busy year for The Graduate Benson pointed out that with UND’s School, as we continue to grow enrollment and program offerings for students both on campus and at a distance.long history of energy research and a More than 2,500 students are receiving an exceptionalmultitude of schools, centers, departments, advanced education from the University of North Dakotaprograms and initiatives specializing in in more than 125 graduate programs.various aspects of energy issues, it could In March, we celebrated 10 years of The Graduatealready be considered a premier energy School’s annual Scholarly Forum — a wonderful showcase event highlighting the significant researchuniversity. But the IES brings that expertise and creative scholarship of graduate students andtogether, enabling faculty and researchers to faculty. Oral presentations and panel sessions filled sixshare ideas, develop proposals and work on rooms in the Memorial Union while the Ballroom wasprojects as a campus-wide team. brimming with research posters and art exhibitions. This “The way we look at energy is from is the only event on campus where the UND community can discover the breadth of graduate scholarship in athe perspective of a system,” Benson said. two-day conference. A featured event of the Scholarly“Energy involves science and engineering, Forum was the Dean’s Lecture Series presentation by Dr.business and economics, policy and Jianglong Zhang (Department of Atmospheric Sciences),regulation, society and behavior. It has all Joseph Bonoit who is researching the effect of aerosols on climateof those components. We’ll make UND change. The next lecture in the series will be presented by Dr. Krista Lynn Minnotte (Department of Sociology)a premier energy university built on during the fall semester and will feature Dr. Minnotte’sprofessional integrity, ethics, safety and good research on balancing work and family.management practices. It utilizes all the The Distinguished Dissertation, Thesis andassets of the University.” Creative Exhibition Awards were presented in May to Among the assets at UND are the three outstanding graduates. Biswaranjan Pani, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,School of Law, which provides expertise in was nominated by his advisory committee for hispolicy-making and energy law. The College dissertation, “Functional Regulation of the Transientof Nursing is currently engaged in studying Receptor Potential Canonical 1 by Caveolin 1 andsocietal issues related to the oil boom in Stromal Interaction Molecule 1.” Dr. Pani is continuingwestern North Dakota. The School of his research at UND with a Postdoctoral Fellowship. Lisa Linrud received her Master of Arts degree in English, andMedicine and Health Sciences conducts recently published her collection of poems, “In Grain”research on human health. The College (Finishing Line Press, www.finishinglinepress.com). Theof Business and Public Administration Distinguished Creative Exhibition Award was presentedprovides insight on the economic feasibility to Matthew Anderson for his work, “(un)Natural.”of new technologies and technology-related Matthew received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Department of Art and Design.businesses. This year, The Graduate School is pleased to “When dealing with energy issues, support 11 faculty and 8 doctoral students with their Wayne E. Swishersome will tell you that engineering is the research through the Summer Research Professorshipeasy part,” said Mike Mann, ’81, ’88, ’97, and Summer Doctoral Fellowship programs. TheseEngineering’s associate dean for research programs provide financial assistance to faculty and doctoral students facilitating continued research during the summer months.and chair of Chemical Engineering. “As a We continue to discover talented students who are engaged in a variety of research projectsscientist, you can develop a great technology across campus, and those who have since moved into successful careers. I encourage you to learnthat never gets used outside the lab. You also more at http://gradstories.omeka.net. If you would like to share your experience as a graduateneed the politicians, the sociologists, the student, we would love to hear from you. Contact Susan Caraher at The Graduate School for morebusiness people and the legal people to help information.you understand the practical side of how Sincerely,everything works together.” In addition, UND has world-classprograms and facilities through the Energy Joseph N. Benoit and Wayne E. Swisher& Environmental Research Center (EERC), Dr. Benoit was Dean of The Graduate School from August 2001-June 2011, and recently leftthe SUNRISE program (Sustainable UND to take the position of President at Mount Marty College in South Dakota. Dr. Swisher hasEnergy Research Infrastructure and served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School since 2005 and is presently serving as InterimSupporting Education) and the Petroleum Dean of The Graduate School.Research Education and Entrepreneurship Continued on Page 28 uuu www.undalumni.org 27

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