Marianne Engvoll, RD&I Manager at GCE NODE.

“I love it when we find solutions to problems that were considered impossible to solve,” says Marianne Engvoll, GCE NODE’s new Manager of Research, Development and Innovation.

43-year-old Engvoll has a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She is a former Project Manager at Elkem Research and Elkem Technology, and currently VP Technology for tech start-up TEGma.

She has a somewhat similar background to Marit Dolmen, the RD&I Manager that she will be replacing. The two have worked together at Elkem.

At GCE NODE, Engvoll’s main responsibility will be to assist NODE companies in transferring existing competence and technology to new markets, such as renewable ocean energy, geothermal energy, subsea mining and new materials.

“This will be done in close cooperation with R&D personnel in the various companies, and also in cooperation with regional, national and international R&D partners,” says Engvoll.

She is not too familiar with the oil and gas industry, and says she has a lot to learn. However, she does know R&D and the financial support systems for R&D, and she has spent a large portion of her career investigating how to work smarter and more efficiently, and how to make use of new technology.

“We do not need another expert on oil and gas. What we need is an expert on research, development and innovation – and someone who knows the markets and industries to which oil and gas technology can be transferred. Marianne is such a person, and she will complement our team in a great way,” says Anne-Grete Ellingsen, CEO of GCE NODE.

Engvoll, born in Oslo, and residing in Kristiansand since 1998, will start her new position on January 2.