Faculty Directory

Dr. Neil Anderson

Professor, Geological Engineering

Research Interests

Application of geophysical technologies to geotechnical, structural & environmental engineering investigations, archeology, hydrogeology, hydrocarbon & mineral exploration, and geologic mapping.

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Dr. Baojun Bai

Lester R. Birbeck Endowed Professor

Research Interests

Water Management, Conformance Control, Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), CO2 EOR and Storage, Fluid Flow in Porous Media, and
Unconventional Oil and Gas Development.

For additional information regarding Dr. Bai's research, please visit his website, or select here for publications.

Dr. David Borrok

Gulf Oil Foundation Professor and Chair

Research Interests

Water resources, water quality, aqueous geochemistry, petroleum geochemistry, and geomicrobiology.

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Dr. Shari Dunn-Norman

Associate Professor, Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Hydraulic fracturing, wellbore construction, well integrity, production engineering and artificial lift. 

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Dr. Andreas Eckert

Associate Professor, Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Numerical simulation of buckle folding, numerical simulation of rock fabric evolution, fracture initiation, salt tectonics, deformation bands, and wellbore and reservoir geomechanics. 

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Dr. Ralph Flori

Assistant Chair and Associate Professor, Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Reservoir engineering, pressure transient testing, reservoir simulation, wellbore geomechanics and stability, and applications of control systems in petroleum engineering.

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Dr. Stephen Gao

Professor, Geology and Geophysics

Research Interests

Theoretical and applied geophysics, structure and dynamics of the Earth's crust and mantle, earthquakes, seismic anisotropy, and receiver function analysis.

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Dr. Leslie Gertsch

Associate Professor, Geological Engineering

Research Interests

Sustainably producing the natural resources of space, which will reduce launch costs.  in time, mining in space will reduce human impact on Earth's environment and increase the chance that humanity will survive catastrophes such as nuclear war or asteroid impact.  Additionally, the coupled hydromechanical behavior of fractured rock.  Rock cracks and changes shape when it is put under load, and this changes how rapidly groundwater, petroleum, etc. can move through it.  The presence of water and other fluids also changes how easily rock can be excavated for foundations, tunnels, etc.

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Dr. Katherine Grote

Assistant Chair and Associate Professor, Geological Engineering

Research Interests

Groundwater and near surface geophysics, specifically in applying these techniques to promote sustainable agriculture and environmental protection.

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Dr. Steven Hilgedick

Teaching Professor, Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Petroleum geomechanics/mechanical Earth modeling and applied probability; exploration, wellbore stability, lost circulation and petroleum economic decision making.

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Dr. Rickey Hendrix

Adjunct Professor, Geophysics

Research Interests

Drilling operations performance, drilling efficiency and optimization, drilling safety and drilling automation.

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Dr. John Hogan

Assistant Chair and Associate Professor, Geology and Geophysics

Research Interests

Structural geology - folding and faulting, igneous petrology - granite petrogenesis and textural development, tectonics - extensional regimes, and significance of sub-horizontal topographic surfaces.

For additional information regarding Dr. Hogan's research, please see his website, or select here for publications.

Dr. Abdulmohsin Imqam

Assistant Professor, Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Enhanced Oil Recovery from Unconventional and Conventional Resources, Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation (proppant transport and fracture fluid evaluation), Wellbore Integrity, and Production System Modelling and Optimization.

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Dr. Kelly Liu

Professor, Geology and Geophysics

Research Interests

Earthquakes and exploration seismology, seismic data processing and interpretation, and applied geophysics.

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Dr. Marek Locmelis

Assistant Professor, Geology and Geophysics

Research Interests

Geochemistry, petrology, planetary evolution and analytical chemistry.  Investigating the fundamental processes that underlie the formation of metal deposits in Earth's interior and on Mars.

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Dr. Norbert Maerz

Professor, Geological Engineering

Research Interests

Imaging technologies for the mining, blasting, and materials handling industries.  Aggregate sizing and shape measurement, rock engineering in discontinuous rock masses, joint characterization, rock mass classification, rock slope stability, road pavement analysis, terrestrial LIDAR and mine safety.

For additional information regarding Dr. Maerz's research, please see his website, or select here for publications.

Dr. Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe

Professor, Geology and Geophysics

Research Interests

Palynology, biostratigraphy, sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, and paleoclimatology.

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Dr. Jonathan Obrist Farner

Assistant Professor, Geology and Geophysics

Research Interests

Sedimentology, stratigraphy, basin analysis, petroleum geology, and paleolimnology.

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Dr. J. David Rogers

Associate Chair, Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering
Hasselmann Professor, Geological Engineering

Research Interests

Geographic information systems, seismic hazards in the midwest, seismically induced landslides, composite landslides, and sturzstroms and sackungen failures.

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Ryan Smith

Assistant Professor, Geological Engineering

Research Interests

Groundwater resources, remote sensing, airborne and ground-based geophysics, physics-based modeling and machine learning.

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Dr. Mingzhen Wei

Assistant Professor, Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Reservoir simulation, data mining, unconventional resources and enhanced oil recovery.

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Dr. David Wronkiewicz

Associate Professor, Geology and Geophysics

Research Interests

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Dr. Wan Yang

Associate Professor, Geology and Geophysics

Research Interests

Shallow marine, marginal marine, and nonmarine sedimentary processes, depositional environments, and petrology (carbonate and siliciclastic, modern and ancient, outcrop and subsurface).

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Affiliated and Adjunct Faculty

Professor Larry Britt
Research Interests

Hydraulic fracturing, fracture diagnostics and unconventional resources.

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Dr. Lee Bunch

Instructor, Geological Engineering

Research Interests

UAV remote sensing, karst hydrology, and hydroinformatics.

Dr. Jeffrey Cawlfield

Professor, Geological Engineering

Research Interests

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Dr. Yuan Gao

Adjunct Professor, Geophysics

Research Interests

Earthquake seismology, seismic anisotropy in the Earth's crust and mantle and upper mantle discontinuity imaging using receiver functions.

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Dr. Cheryl Seeger

Lecturer, Geology and Geophysics

Mr. James Vandike

Lecturer, Geology and Geophysics

Emeritus Faculty

Dr. Richard Hagni

Curators' Professor Emeritus, Geology

Dr. Robert Laudon

Professor Emeritus, Geology