OIT announces OREC leadership change

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Already the Dean of the College of Engineering, the Oregon Institute of Technology’s Charlie Jones is expanding his role with the school.

The college announced Tuesday the realignment, moving Jones into the leadership role of the Oregon Renewable Energy Center.

OREC was established in 2001 to integrate renewable energy technologies into energy systems for practical use by businesses and consumers. Newstalk 1150 KAGO asked Jones how the public can see the affect of OREC.

Now that Jones has been named the OREC director, does it affect the center’s agenda in terms of projects?

Even though it has been around for over 10 years, Jones was asked if there is something about OREC he wants the public to know that they may not otherwise.

One of the most renowned aspects of OREC is the Geo-Heat Center at Oregon Tech’s Klamath Falls campus. The Geo-Heat Center, the only one of its kind in the United States, provides a unique service to individuals, organizations, and companies to enhance geothermal energy on a national and international level. This assistance can be in the area of feasibility at the outset of a project, equipment and materials selection during the design phase, or follow-up troubleshooting for operational systems. The Geo-Heat Center has been in operation for 30 years.

Jones spent 20 years in the industrial engineering field before coming to Oregon Tech in 1997. He holds a PhD. from Utah State University, an M.B.A. from the University of Puget Sound, and a B.S. from the University of Utah.

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