Rock and soil do not come with specification sheets, so researchers work to understand how natural processes and human activities affect each other. S&T focuses on accessing subterranean materials for infrastructure and sustainable natural resource production, along with identifying, remediating, and mitigating natural hazards, including landslides, floods and asteroid impacts.
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Associate Professor, Geology-Geophysics & Petroleum Engineering
Professor, Geology and Geophysics
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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Assistant Professor, Geological Engineering
Hasselmann Professor, Geological Engineering