Marit Dolmen, RD&I Manager at GCE NODE.

Marit Dolmen has been appointed head of research, development and innovation in GCE NODE.

Dolmen, 43, currently holds the position as R&D Manager, Process Technology at Elkem Solar in Kristiansand. She will join NODE as soon as possible, and no later than January 1, 2015.

– I am eager to learn more about the oil and gas industry and the different companies in NODE. I am excited to be part of a team that will support the industry in maintaining and developing its world-leading position, says Dolmen.

– It is clear that the industry needs to lower costs, and I believe NODE, as an innovative and successful cluster, can help find new solutions that will increase industry efficiency, says Dolmen.

She holds a Master of Science in chemistry and chemical engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Prior to joining Elkem Solar in 2001, Dolmen worked for Hunsfos Paper Mill and The Norwegian Pulp and Paper Research Institute.

– In my work I have always focused on research and development. I have extensive knowledge of all phases of research: Planning, executing and reporting, but also from decision-making based on research, says Dolmen.

She is familiar with the different funding agencies and is keen on helping NODE-companies write better applications to find financial support for their research activities. The Agder region is currently lagging behind other regions when it comes to receiving public funds for RDI.

– We are glad to have Marit join NODE. She is an experienced researcher with a strong knowledge-base and excellent references. In a highly qualified group of candidates for the position, she was our top choice, says Anne-Grete Ellingsen, CEO of NODE.

NODE received status as a global centre of expertise based on an application in which research, development and innovation within the cluster, is key. Dolmen will lead an extensive effort to increase RDI activities in NODE and NODE companies.

– Marit will help us execute all the things we have promised to do as a GCE. We are building a strong RDI-team, which has already identified several interesting projects, and we are in the midst of applying for funds for these projects now, says Ellingsen.