Workshop Faculty for "The Role of Computation in Protecting the Environment” on July 9, 2013

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Dr. Mary Wheeler
Mary F. Wheeler is one of the first women in engineering and a pioneer in the application of computational methods, a renowned computational mathematician, and a distinguished member of the National Academy of Engineering. She is the founding member and director of the Center for Subsurface Modeling at The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Wheeler is a world-renowned expert in computational science and employs computer simulations and technology to model the behavior of fluids in geological formations. Applications of her research include multiphase flow and geomechanics in reservoir engineering, contaminant transports in groundwater, sequestration of carbon in geological formations, and angiogenesis in biomedical engineering. In 2010, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received the Humboldt award in 2011. In February 2013, she was selected to receive the Honorary Membership Award of the International Society for Porous Media, InterPore. This award is given in recognition of her achievements in the area of subsurface flow and contaminant transport, and in recognition of her great contributions in increasing the visibility, credibility and prestige of porous media research.

Dr. Todd Arbogast
Todd J. Arbogast is a professor of mathematics, chair of the Computational Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics Graduate Studies Committee, and a founding member and associate director of the Center for Subsurface Modeling at The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Arbogast has paved the way to linking theory and experiment with computational science and engineering, an exciting and emerging field of rigorous interdisciplinary scientific study. The use of mathematical modeling is growing rapidly and is used to understand the dynamics of complex systems and to make predictions about their behavior. Dr. Arbogast was awarded the W. A. “Tex” Moncrief Grand Challenge Faculty Award in 2012.

Dr. Mojdeh Delshad
Mojdeh Delshad is a research professor in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Delshad’s research areas include Environmental Engineering, Fundamental Processes, and Reservoir Engineering.

Dr. Delshad's research aims to develop mechanistic numerical models for gas and chemical enhanced oil recovery processes in sandstone and fractured carbonate reservoirs including large-scale reservoir simulation and application of such processes. In August 2010, she was recognized for reviewing more than 100 papers for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and received “A Peer Apart” rank designation.

Dr. Hilary Olson
Hilary Olson is a lecturer, researcher and educator at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Olson has appointments in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering and at the Institute of Geophysics. Her research focuses on various aspects of stratigraphy. Her studies in the Gulf of Mexico are centered on understanding the history of this hydrocarbon producing basin over the past 160 million years, specifically by integrating paleontology, cores and seismic data.

Dr. Olson is the director of the Education, Training and Outreach program at the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, which includes programs in carbon storage and shale gas operations. In addition to teaching at the corporate and university level, she has 20 years of experience in K-12 education: as a classroom teacher, running informal education programs and instructing professional development workshops for teachers.

Dr. Katherine Romanak
Katherine Romanak is a researcher at the Bureau of Economic Geology. As a member of the Gulf Coast Carbon Center, she uses her geochemical knowledge to better understand and monitor carbon storage sites around the world. Her scientific expertise has been sought out at an international level by policy makers and energy-related organizations to better understand site-specific monitoring.

With her research colleagues, Dr. Romanak runs a high-pressure/temperature experimental apparatus for investigations of supercritical CO2-water-rock interactions in geologic reservoirs. She recently received the Bureau of Economic Geology 2013 Publication Award for her work on a novel approach to detecting potential CO2 leakage at carbon storage sites. Recently, she was a keynote speaker on the topic of carbon storage at the Florida Association of Science Teacher’s Annual Meeting.