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Darren Schmidt

Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC)


Darren Schmidt is the Assistant Director for Energy, Oil & Gas at the EERC. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in mechanical and petroleum. Previously, he worked for Equinor in operations and research.

Darren’s principal areas of interest and expertise include oil and gas facilities, production, injection, well stimulation, enhanced recovery, power generation, and renewable technologies. He was appointed by Governor Doug Burgum to the North Dakota Oil and Gas Research Council. He serves as Cochair of the North Dakota Petroleum Council Technology Solutions Group and served board positions with the Williston Basin Society of Petroleum Engineers and Williston API. Darren has authored or coauthored over 80 peer-reviewed publications, has 2 patents, and 3 pending for flare gas capture.

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