Geological Engineering – Geotechnics
Petroleum engineering researchers at Missouri S&T renew industry collaboration on gel to reduce excess water during oil production
Dr. Baojun Bai has spent more than 20 years working to refine a particle gel he hopes could significantly reduce the amount of wasted water generated in oil production. But when it comes to describing the super-absorbent polymer, he reverts to an analogy that instantly resonates with anyone who’s had to wrangle a fussy newborn. The Missouri S&T researcher’s quest for a superior preformed particle gel that can be injected into oil reservoirs has the financial support of industry heavyweights such as ConocoPhillips, Occidental Petroleum and Daqing Wantong Chemical (DQWT) in China.Read More »
Missouri S&T geologist leads $2.1M National Science Foundation research effort to study Earth’s greatest mass extinction
Missouri S&T geologist Dr. Wan Yang has devoted his academic career to unlocking the mysteries of the Permian mass extinction more than 250 million years ago. That geological odyssey now finds him leading an 11-institution consortium that’s been collectively awarded a $2.1 million National Science Foundation research grant.Read More »
As a doctoral student in mining engineering, Kenneth Bansah works, learns and lives nearly 10,000 miles from his boyhood home of Tarkwa, Ghana, a gold mining hub in western Africa. But even as he fine-tunes his dissertation on mitigating sinkhole hazards and other karst formations − and takes care of three children ages four and under while his wife completes her own graduate studies in Michigan – the subsistence gold miners of Ghana are never far from Bansah’s mind.Read More »
Dr. J. David Rogers, the Karl F. Hasselmann Missouri Chair in Geological Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named an American Society of Civil Engineers Fellow.
Rogers is an expert in the geoforensics of dam, levee and slope stability failures, flood control and fluvial geomorphology, the Mississippi Delta, and site characterization for seismic site response. He has written articles and prepared posted lectures on the evolution of flood control practice, dam and levee failures, landslide dams, Hoover Dam, the Panama Canal and the Tennessee Valley Authority, among many others.Read More »
Dr. Norbert Maerz, professor of geological and petroleum engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named the director of Missouri S&T’s Rock Mechanics and Explosives Research Center. His appointment took effect Monday, May 9.
He takes over for Dr. Stewart Gillies, professor of mining and nuclear engineering at Missouri S&T.Read More »
Dr. Richard Brow, Curators’ Professor of ceramic engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, is working to find a way to make certain nuclear wastes easier to consolidate in borosilicate glass, reducing the waste’s environmental footprint and lowering costs for storage.
The work is funded by an Office of Nuclear Energy grant for $210,747 per year for up to three years.
Stored in steel drums and buried in mountainsides, nuclear waste can remain radioactive for tens or hundreds of thousands of years. Reducing the space needed to store the waste, Brow says, saves time and money and will reduce the overall environmental impact.Read More »
Mechanical earth modeling (MEM) is the latest wave in petroleum engineering, and Missouri University of Science and Technology is at the forefront of offering this multidisciplinary approach to its students.Read More »
Twenty-one students from Missouri University of Science and Technology spent spring break exploring the ancient civil and geological engineering marvels of Peru.Read More »