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DuPont executive, UMD alumnus named NRRI director

Rolf Weberg

A 25-year veteran of the DuPont chemical company, who also happens to be a University of Minnesota Duluth graduate, will take over as director of the Natural Resources Research Institute at UMD.

Rolf Weberg most recently served as global research and development manager in DuPont's Building Innovations sector in Buffalo, N.Y.

Weberg holds a Ph.D. in synthetic and mechanistic inorganic chemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder and spent two years as a postdoctoral research associate at Colorado State University. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry at UMD in 1982.

He will take over the post on March 24.

Weberg most recently led his division's global, market-driven research programs, identifying opportunities for technology collaboration and development. He has introduced several patented technology platforms and has been responsible for major capital expansions for existing manufacturing processes, as well as commission, design and installation of new facilities.

"Rolf brings an amazing combination of industry leadership and research/development background to the position," Andrea Schokker, UMD's executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, said in a statement. "I am thrilled to have him as the new NRRI director and anxiously await a bright future under his leadership."

Weberg takes the NRRI reins after last year's retirement of Mike Lalich, who had led the research and development agency for its first 30 years.

The NRRI's mission is to "foster the economic development of Minnesota's natural resources in an environmentally sound manner to promote private sector employment."

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