Kelly A. Rusch, Ph.D.

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Vice President for Research and Creative Activity, North Dakota State University

Dr. Kelly A. Rusch is the vice president for research and creative activity [VPR] at North Dakota State University (NDSU).  Rusch’s role as VPR is to foster, facilitate, coordinate and advance research, creative activity and economic development at NDSU.  Dr. Rusch serves on the Board of Directors for the NDSU Research and Technology Park.  In her role as a Board member, she serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Park.  Kelly is also a member of the Board of Directors for the NDSU Research Foundation.  Dr. Rusch became NDSU’s representative on the Northern Plains Unmanned Systems Authority in January 2014 after the announcement of North Dakota as one of the six FAA UAV Test Sites.  Kelly has also just been appointed to the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation.  In addition to her duties as VPR, Dr. Rusch serves as the State Project Director for North Dakota EPSCoR.  

Dr. Rusch earned her bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and her master’s and doctorate in civil engineering with an emphasis in environmental engineering at Louisiana State University (LSU).  Rusch joined NDSU from Louisiana State University, where she was on the Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty since 1993.  She also served in numerous leadership roles at LSU, including Associate Dean for Research and Diversity in the College of Engineering, Interim Department Chair of Construction Management and Industrial Engineering, Co-Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women and Director of the Institute for Ecological Infrastructure Engineering.  While at LSU, Rusch secured more than $15 million in research as a principal or co-principal investigator for research in the areas of microorganism system design, surface water quality, industrial waste stabilization and re-use, decentralized wastewater treatment and engineering education.  Her current research focuses on microalgal-cyanobacterial biofuels and bioproducts and industrial waste stabilization and reuse.  Her work in the microorganism realm has led to two pending patents, and her overall research has resulted in over 120 refereed and technical papers and more than 165 conference and invited talks.

Kelly A.  Rusch, Ph.D.
(701) 231- 6542
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