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Tony Aukland, NDIT

Session: Cybersecurity Education and Public Awareness
Wednesday & Thursday, January 25-26, 2023

Tony has been with the state of North Dakota, working in IT, for over 25 years. He has served many roles including Desktop (physical and virtual) Systems/Server Administrator, Unified Communications and Security. The first in the state to serve as cyber analyst for the NDSLIC, North Dakota State and Local Intelligence Center. Tony is now the state’s Cybersecurity Education and Public Awareness Manager and certified as a SANS Security Awareness Professional and GIAC Security Leadership. Tony claims three home towns, Valley City, Reynolds, and Devils Lake. A graduate of Devils Lake Central High School and Valley City State University with degrees in Math Education and Computer Science.

He is a Scout leader, motorcycle enthusiast, hunting and enjoying time with his wife Donna and have 3 children. Tony he has helped develop courses and training for the NDIT Security Team. He also works in Outreach and Awareness which encompasses programs such as PK-20W, BSC CyberCon, the NDSU Cybersecurity conference and other events such as the recently held ND Cyber Madness, the ND High School State Cybersecurity Competition.
John Bullock, Babcock & Wilcox

Session: Long Duration Energy Storage
Thursday, January 26, 2023

John Bullock is Director of ClimateBright, Western US, for Babcock & Wilcox. In this role, John is responsible for business development in the Western United States for the ClimateBright suite of decarbonization technologies. Additionally, John is the team lead for both Green Steam and Long Duration Energy Storage products. John has been with B&W for 23 years starting out of college in Field Engineering Services in Houston, TX. From there John progressed through several positions from process engineer, engineering supervisor, product development manager and director of the B&W research center. John holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Tom Erickson, ND State Energy Research Center

Session: ND State Energy Research Center Update 
Thursday, January 26, 2023

Thomas A. Erickson is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Vice President for Intellectual Property (IP) at the EERC. In this dual role, he oversees facility operations and leads the development and protection of IP.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Erickson served as Director of Exploratory Research and IP and Technology Commercialization, where he led research on emerging topics and pioneering technologies that support North Dakota and the nation’s energy industry and benefit the environment. In addition, he oversaw the development and protection of IP and commercialization of EERC-developed technologies. Prior to that, he served as CEO of the EERC, where he led a multidisciplinary science, engineering, and support team of more than 200 people focused on research and development (R&D) leading to demonstration and commercialization of innovative energy and environmental technologies
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.
Jeffrey Veness, The Babcock & Wilcox Company

Session: Spray Dryer Absorber Vessel Wall Thinning
Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Jeffrey J. Veness began his career with Babcock & Wilcox in 1973. During his more than 48 years of service, Jeffrey has exemplified a commitment to engineering, integrity, mentorship and professional excellence that has been a hallmark of B&W’s
reputation since its founding. After graduating from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1973, Jeffrey began his career at B&W as a design engineer in the former Nuclear Equipment Division before transferring to
Babcock & Wilcox Construction Co., Inc. From 1977 to 1989, he served as a Construction Technology and Site Engineer on high-profile thermal and environmental projects. He transferred to Field Engineering in 1989 where he served as a Resident
Service Engineer from 1989 until 1992, and then continued in Field Service specializing in investigating and solving structural mechanical issues with new and existing B&W equipment. Jeffrey has performed various assignments in support of construction sites and developed strong, practical knowledge of the structural and mechanical aspects of boiler design. He is recognized not only for his erection and structural expertise, but also for his extensive knowledge of electrostatic precipitators, air heaters, scrubbers and other thermal and environmental technologies.

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