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Expert in Science/ Engineering: Structural Materials, Hydraulic Fracturing, Oil and Gas, Environmental Issues, and Cement and Concrete

Expert ID: 735737 Oregon, USA

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Well rounded expert with PhD in civil engineering (2020), MS in geophysics (2013), JD (2002). Professional experience as national lab scientist as well as utility regulator. Extensive publication history in all aspects of oil, gas, coal, energy, and cement and construction. Expert has experience as attorney and utility regulator.

Computing and Software Competencies:
MATLAB, C++, Optimization Methods, Linear Programming, COMSOL, Geospatial Statistics, Big Data, Reactive Transport, Python, Machine Learning, Uncertainty Analysis, R/Splus/JMP Pro, Java, Graph Theory, Numerical Modeling, Image Analysis, ArcGIS, NLP Methods, Open FOAM, Linux


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2019 Degree: PhD Subject: Civil and Construction Engineering Institution: Oregon State University
Year: 2013 Degree: MS Subject: Geophysics Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Year: 2005 Degree: JD Subject: Law Institution: Duquesne University
Year: 2002 Degree: BA Subject: Computational Linguistics Institution: The Ohio State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2017 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: PhD Research Associate Department: Civil and Construction Engineering Responsibilities: Develop and implement novel computational models to describe and predict reaction and reactive-transport phenomenon in cement-based materials. Work includes a thermodynamic model to predict cement properties (pore size, phase volumes, pore water alkalinity, chemical shrinkage) in mixtures containing supplementary cement materials (SCMs), and a kinetic model to predict dissolution and reaction of SCMs. SCMs are a lower cost, environmentally responsible alternative to cement, but to date little work has been done to tie SCM kinetics to cement properties and performance. Other work includes reactive-transport modeling of reactive species in concrete, and corrosion modeling with applicability to concrete and utility infrastructure. Expert has regularly communicated and presented work at scientific meetings and to staff and research sponsors.
Years: 2016 to 2019 Employer: Oregon Public Utility Commission Title: Senior Energy and Utility Analyst (Regulator) Department: Energy Responsibilities: Monitored, analyzed, researched, and evaluated utility company energy resource and engineering-based filings for the state of Oregon to ensure compliance with relevant state and federal energy and environmental regulations. Developed policies associated with natural gas energy resource planning, including evaluating utility stochastic and deterministic modeling, and considering cost effectiveness, system stability, and system reliability. Expert also evaluated energy efficiency, avoided cost, and other economic/policy matters. Recommended actions regarding state energy and emergency preparedness policies. Presented and testified at public meetings on matters related to energy resources and compliance with regulations. Supervised staff and projects.
Years: 2012 to 2016 Employer: US Department of Energy/ORISE Title: ORISE Research Fellow Department: Geologic and Environmental Science/Structural Materials Responsibilities: Developed analytical and mathematical models for engineered and natural materials and systems, including spatial, temporal and physics-based models in order to bridge the gap between experimental and computational aspects of materials science. For example, Expert developed a physics-based model to compute the energetics of foamed wellbore cement design and mixing processes in the lab and field, and related differences between lab and field-based physics to the experimentally determined physical structures and mechanical performance of the cements. Expert also served as a technical expert on a multi-agency Task Force convened to examine natural gas storage wellbore integrity. In this role as technical expert, Expert helped to organize a workshop attended by federal stakeholders (including the Undersecretary of Energy), state regulators, industry, and environmental groups; presented technical results from my wellbore modeling work; and assisted in the preparation of a report for examination by Congress. In addition to the Task Force, Expert has also led work groups on multi-DOE lab efforts, such as the NETL/Sandia/LANL collaboration responsible for developing statistical methods to assess the relationship between induced seismicity from subsurface injection.
Years: 2010 to 2011 Employer: University of Pittsburgh Title: Research Associate Department: Geology and Planetary Science Responsibilities: Developed and tested research questions and modeling techniques related to human/environmental risk assessment using GIS; Used remote sensing (aeromagnetic) and tabular based map data to perform geospatial analysis. Modeled flow and transport in porous media. Performed geochemical assays. Specific focus on impacts from hydraulic fracturing.
Years: 2005 to 2010 Employer: Ernst & Young and others Title: Regulatory Attorney/Analyst Department: Tax Responsibilities: Performed legal research using LexisNexis online database; Analyzed case law regarding the corporate opportunity doctrine and summarized relevant cases; Developed and applied qualitative and quantitative asset protection and tax reduction strategies for international business clients: completed transfer pricing studies, developed audit defense strategies; Interacted with clients, regulators, investigators, and developed and maintained business relationships.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2012 to 2016 Agency: United States Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory Role: ORISE Research Fellow Description: Fellowship to perform research at US DOE/NETL
Years: 2016 to 2019 Agency: Oregon Public Utility Commission Role: Sr. Energy and Utility Analyst Description: Analyst/Utility Regulator

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Concrete Institute (ACI)
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Licenses / Certifications
Maryland Law License, current
Professional Appointments
Courses Taught:
Physical Geology, University of Pittsburgh – instructor of record for laboratory section
Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate: Energy Systems Modeling, University of Pittsburgh – instructor of record for laboratory section
Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue, Pacific Northwest Mountaineers – volunteer instructor
Avalanche safety and education, Pacific Northwest Mountaineers – volunteer instructor

Awards / Recognition
• ASTM International Mather Scholarship – Competitive merit-based scholarship for demonstrated contributions in cement or concrete materials technology.
• National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship – Alternate Selectee.
• PacTrans Fellowship (2 years) – The PacTrans fellowship is an annual merit-based cash award for contributions to civil engineering research offered by the Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium.
• University Laurels Block Grant – The UGLBG program is a competitive tuition remission scholarship administered by the Oregon State University Graduate School awarded based on student merit.
• Provosts Distinguished Graduate Student Scholarship – The Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Program is a prestigious Oregon State University fellowships, and is comprised of twelve-month stipends, plus tuition scholarships and subsidized health insurance for one year.
• ARCS Foundation Scholar (3 years) – ARCS Awards are unrestricted cash awards to the top students in approved departments of science, engineering and medical research at academic partner universities, and are based upon merit, funded by the ARCS Foundation.
• Certificate of Merit, Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy – Certificate of Recognition from Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy for foamed cement work published in the Journal of Petroleum Technology.
• Society of Petroleum Engineers, STAR Fellowship – Four-year cash award in recognition of excellence in energy related research.
• Mascaro Center for Sustainable Energy – Travel grant to present research findings at American Geophysical Union Conference.
Publications and Patents Summary
Publications: 17
Presentations: 16

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Seminar on how to give expert witness testimony, Oregon PUC 2017
Other Relevant Experience
Several years of legal/business consulting with Ernst & Young and other firms

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