Mechanical earth modeling
In geosciences, researchers use and integrate a multitude of tools such as geologic mapping, analog and advanced numerical modeling techniques to describe deformation processes on multiple scales. Key research areas include the description, numerical modeling and analysis of folds on multiple scales; the analysis of plate boundary strike-slip tectonics; the numerical simulation of salt tectonics; and poro-elastic reservoir compaction processes.
In subsurface engineering, the mechanical earth modeling approach focuses on how the integration of geologic, geophysical, petrophysical, rock mechanical and production analysis can be used to design better engineering applications. GGPE researchers closely collaborate with industry experts on active projects in the area of wellbore integrity and leakage mitigation.
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Associate Professor, Geology-Geophysics & Petroleum Engineering
Associate Professor, Geological Engineering
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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Associate Professor, Geology and Geophysics
Structural geology - folding and faulting; igneous petrology - granite petrogenesis and textural development; tectonics - extensional regimes; and significance of sub-horizontal topographic surfaces.
Assistant Professor, Geological Engineering