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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending June 28

Arvig promotes Wilkens to cybersecurity engineer

PERHAM, MINN. — Eric Wilkens has been promoted by Arvig to the role of cybersecurity engineer. 

Wilkens is responsible for cybersecurity and incident-response initiatives that help make sure that the company has functional, available and secure computer and corporate data systems.

In addition to his position at Arvig, Wilkens is a member of the Air National Guard, where he maintains systems and ensures current defensive mechanisms are in place.

Wilkens began his career at Arvig in 2015 as a system engineer and spent the past 3½ years planning and leading system engineering projects. In that role, he also led Arvig’s information security program.

Wilkens holds a doctoral degree in information technology, specializing in information assurance and security. 


KLJ hires three in St. Paul

ST. PAUL – Engineering firm KLJ has announced three new hires in the company’s St. Paul office.

Abby Sia recently started as an engineer. She earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Another engineer joining the team is Matthew Oen. He is a recent graduate of North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

Daniel Elder comes to KLJ as a planner. He earned his master’s in urban and regional planning from the University of Iowa and is a member of the American Planning Association.


Moore named American Indian Student Center director at SDSU

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Erica Moore has been hired as South Dakota State University’s American Indian Student Center director. 

Moore comes to SDSU after spending the past four years as the chief academic officer at the Lower Brule Community College.

Before starting at Lower Brule Community College, Moore was a faculty member at Rowan College at Gloucester County, Southern New Hampshire University and the University of Phoenix.

Moore earned her bachelor’s degree in history from University of Maryland University College and a master’s degree in history from the American Military University. She completed her doctorate from Northcentral University in 2016.