Thomas A. Erickson is the Director of the State Energy Research Center of North Dakota (SERC) and Interim Vice President for Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology Commercialization at the EERC. In his role as SERC Director, he leads research on emerging topics and pioneering technologies that support North Dakota’s energy industry and benefit the environment. SERC provides a platform for developing impactful technologies in North Dakota and is driven by the state’s future needs, challenges, and opportunities. As Interim Vice President for IP and Technology Commercialization, he oversees the development and protection of IP and the commercialization of EERC-developed technologies.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Erickson served CEO of the EERC, where he led a multidisciplinary science, engineering, and support team of more than people focused on research and development (R&D) leading to demonstration and commercialization of innovative energy and environmental technologies. Mr. Erickson oversaw efforts to address energy and environmental issues through strategic initiatives focused on clean coal technologies, oil and gas industry technologies; carbon capture, utilization, and storage; energy and water sustainability; air toxics and fine particulate control; water management strategies; global climate change; waste utilization, hydrogen technologies; and contaminant cleanup.
Prior to serving as CEO, Mr. Erickson served as Associate Director for Business, Operations, and Intellectual Property, where he oversaw activities related to safety, facilities, business functions, and protection and commercialization of intellectual property. Prior to that, he served as Associate Director for Research, where he focused on the development of advanced power and fuel systems from fossil and renewable energy sources.
Mr. Erickson holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from UND. He has authored and coauthored numerous professional publications.