Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Richard Burt joined MRO in February 2012 as a Principal Risk Assessment and Mitigation Engineer and was promoted to Vice President Risk Assessment, Mitigation and Standards in April 2015. In August 2018, he was named Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Burt brings a diverse technical power systems background to the leadership team obtained through 14 years of engineering experience at Minnkota Power Cooperative in Grand Forks, ND before joining MRO. He performed project engineering associated with telecommunications, transmission planning studies, control systems, and power quality before transitioning into management roles with responsibility for both the Energy Management System and NERC Compliance Departments. Mr. Burt also worked one year as an applications engineer for Lattice Semiconductor, a programmable logic device manufacturer in Austin, TX and at a manufacturing plant where he programmed Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC).

Mr. Burt attended the University of North Dakota, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

Additionally, Mr. Burt completed the University of Idaho Utility Executive Course in 2020.