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Expert in Geology, Geomechanics, Subsurface Integrity and Risking, Underground Natural Gas Storage Facilities, and Oil and Gas Fields

Expert ID: 733621 Texas, USA

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Expert is an internationally recognized researcher and educator in geomechanics, structural geology, rock fracture mechanics, subsurface integrity, and planetary science. He has also cultivated significant depth and project management experience in subsurface fluid containment, underground natural gas storage, and overburden geomechanics). He has extensive oil and gas industry experience.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Houston, Texas - Pasadena, Texas - Beaumont, Texas - College Station, Texas - Baytown, Texas - Bryan, Texas - Sugar Land, Texas - Port Arthur, Texas - Galveston, Texas - Missouri City, Texas

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1987 Degree: Ph.D Subject: Geology Institution: Purdue University
Year: 1982 Degree: MS Subject: Geology Institution: Arizona State University
Year: 1979 Degree: BA Subject: Geology Institution: Rutgers University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2015 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Senior Research Scientist Department: Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Responsibilities: Expert has been Senior Research Scientist at this U.S. university's Center for Petroleum and Geosystems engineering for two years.
Years: 2011 to 2015 Employer: ConocoPhillips Company Title: Principal Geomechanist Department: Responsibilities: Overburden/reservoir geomechanics; co-developed Subsurface Containment Assurance program for global deployment to all asset typ0es
Years: 1990 to 2010 Employer: University of Nevada, Reno Title: Foundation Professor of Geological Engineering and Geomechanics Department: Geological Sciences and Engineering Responsibilities: Expert was Professor of Geological Engineering and Geomechanics at this U.S. university from 2000 to 2010. Prior to this time, he was Associate Professor of Geological Engineering (1995-2000) and Assistant Professor of Geological Engineering (1990-95).
Years: 1988 to 1990 Employer: NASA Title: NRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow Department: Goddard Space Flight Center Responsibilities:

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Rock Mechanics Association (Founder and Charter Member, 1996-present)
Society of Petroleum Engineers (2013-present)
International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM)
Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC)
American Association of Petroleum Geologists (Member, 2013-present); Charter Member of Reservoir Structure and Geomechanics Division, 2013)
American Geophysical Union (Member, 1981-present); Physical Properties of Earth Materials (PPEM: Steering Group, 1996-98).
Geological Society of America (Member, 1991-present; Fellow, 2016).
Licenses / Certifications
Licensed Professional Geologist (#11755) by the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists (April 2014-present)
Certificate, “Human Dimensions of Organizations, with concentration in Organizational Improvement,” The University of Texas at Austin (Spring 2017)
Professional Appointments
Foundation Professor of Geological Engineering and Geomechanics, Emeritus, University of Nevada, Reno (2011)
Visiting Professor, Université Montpellier II, France (2011)
Foundation Professor, University of Nevada, Reno (2010-11)
Director of Graduate Programs and Webmaster, Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno (2010-11)
Coordinator, Geological Engineering Programs, Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno (2008-11)
Visiting Invited Professor, OrsayTerra, Université Paris-Sud, Orsay (Paris XI), France (2003 and 2007)

Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC). Standing Committee appointments include the Energy Resources, Research and Technology Committee and the Environment and Safety Committee.
Fellow of the Geological Society of America (2016)
Awards / Recognition
2016 Completions Optimization and Technology Region Award from SPE’s Gulf Coast North America Region
ConocoPhillips' Special Recognition Award for Subsurface Containment Analysis; SPIRIT Award for Innovation (for wastewater disposal and field assessment for subsurface containment assurance -- the organization's highest award; and Certificate of Appreciation for Company-Wide Knowledge Sharing.
Foundation Professor of Geological Engineering and Geomechanics -- among the highest honors given to faculty at the University of Nevada for outstanding and sustained excellence in teaching, research, and service.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has two U.S. patent applications. He has authored ~120 papers, books, and chapters; more than 250 abstracts and contributed presentations; and 76 invited presentations. He has participated in a variety of panels and work groups in the oil and gas industry as well.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
As an expert witness, he can opine on geology, geomechanics, and subsurface integrity related to oil and gas fields and underground natural gas storage.
Training / Seminars
Expert was an Instructor for TopCorp oil and gas industry State regulators.

Fields of Expertise

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