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Featured Student Publication
Improving Down-Hole Working Time of PTS Probes Used in Geothermal Wells by Sisler, John R.; Zarrouk, Sadiq J.; Adams, Richard. (Geothermal Resources Council Transactions - 2014)
Student Committee member John Sisler writes about a survey conducted of the current state of electronics and electronic packaging that could be used for geothermal PTS probes. Techniques for high temperature performance were reviewed including the use of Dewar flasks for thermal isolation, and development of electronics for operation at higher temperatures. An in-depth analysis of the performance of the widely used commercial PTS tool developed by MBCentury Ltd. was completed using SolidWorks™ thermal simulation software. The thermal model was optimized and compared to PTS probe test data taken from five different test cases. The final model was then used to evaluate different heat sink materials. Results showed that the current tool design cannot be easily optimized further. However, predictions based on the model showed a possible alternative operating procedure that may provide an increase in the operating down-hole time of the tool.
Meet Your Student Committee - 2015
Student Committee Representative to the Board of Directors: Anna Crowell
|Past President -
A PhD student at The University of North Dakota in the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering.
Current research interests include: continental heat flow, bottom-hole temperature corrections, the use of GIS to enhance understanding and identification of geothermal resources in sedimentary basins, oil fields using coproduced fluids, and the Rio Grande Rift. Student committee term expires 4/31/2016.
||James "Josh" Crowell
A PhD student at the University of North Dakota in the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering.
Current research focuses on thermal conductivity measurements, local trends in thermal conductivity and how it affects geothermal potential estimates. Student committee term expires 4/31/2016.
|Kamran Jahan Baksh
Colorado School of Mines
Mining Engineering Dept
Kamran Jahan Bakhsh is a PhD student at Colorado School of Mines, Department of Mining Engineering. Current field of research consists of ‘the effect of thermally-induced cracks on transport Properties of fracture; spatial temperature fluctuation of flowing fluid in HDR system; and rock domain thermal conductivity fluctuation. Contributing in DOE Edgar Mine Project to create a fracture network to study the flow of fluid through the fractures and to characterize the efficiency of heat transfer is my ongoing project. Student committee term expires 4/31/2016
||Donnel A. Malkemus
Portland State University
A graduate student at Portland State University, Donnel's research is focused on using reservoir geochemistry and multi-component geothermometry to improve geothermal resource estimates in the Oregon and Washington Cascades. Student committee term expires 4/31/2016
Southern Methodist University
Joe Batir is a Ph.D. Candidate studying the heat flow and tectonics of Alaska to explain the anomalous heat flow pattern observed in that region. Joe has worked on heat flow of the Eastern United States, thermal modeling of the Snake River Plain, stress field analysis using Borehole Televiewer, and the use of Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) in Archeological applications. Student committee term expires 4/31/2016
Colorado School of Mines
University of Texas, Austin
Owen Callahan is a PhD student and Powers Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin, in the Jackson School of Geosciences. His research interests include the impact of hydrothermal alteration on rock and fracture mechanics, and feedback mechanisms between fluid flow, alteration, and fracture growth. Prior to returning to school, he worked as a geologist with AltaRock Energy. Student committee term expires 4/31/2016
||Bach H. Pham
University of Texas, Dallas
Bach Pham is currently an M.S. student in geosciences at The University of Texas at Dallas. His research interests include the application of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) in tectonic geomorphology and the use of high-resolution satellite and aerial images for geologic mapping of Quaternary surficial sediments in southwest Nevada.
Adam Hawkins is a PhD student at Cornell University in the Department of Geological Sciences and the Cornell Energy Institute. Current research includes: field experiments using multi-component reactive tracers, predictions of geothermal reservoir thermal lifetime, and measurement of fracture/matrix heat exchange via Fiber-Optic Distributed Temperature Sensing (FO-DTS).Student committee term expires 4/31/2016
||Hafiz M. Salman
Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Hafiz Salman is studying M.Sc. Energy Engineering and Management at the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. Previously he has studied B.Sc. Petroleum and Gas Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology Lahore Pakistan. Research interests include; hydraulic fracturing, well testing, formation evaluation, reservoir characterization, modeling and simulation of both geothermal and oil and gas reservoirs and CO2 sequestration. Student committee term expires 4/31/2016
|Maciej Z. Lukawski
Maciej Lukawski is a Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering at Cornell University. He works in Prof. Jefferson Tester's group. His research deals primarily with: (1) design and optimization of geothermal energy utilization systems, (2) economics of drilling geothermal and hydrocarbon wells, (3) thermal energy storage in supercritical fluids. Student committee term expires 4/31/2016
University of Auckland
Past Members of the GRC Student Committee
A big thanks to all the students who have dedicated time and effort to the GRC Student Committee and to geothermal research and outreach in general:
Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2015
Geothermal Resources Council Announces Scholarship Winners (PDF) (August 10)
The scholarships, totaling $15,000, will be presented at the Annual GRC Membership & Awards Luncheon at the GRC Annual Meeting, to be held at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA, from September 20 – 23.
- The winner of the GRC Student Project Award ($4,500) is Marisa Earll – Master’s student in the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona.
- The three winners of the GRC Graduate Scholarship Awards ($2,500 each) are Owen Callahan - PhD candidate at University of Texas at Austin, Cari Covell - Master’s student at the Iceland School of Energy of Reykjavik University, and Cary Lindsey - PhD student at University of Idaho.
- The two winners of the GRC Undergraduate Scholarship Awards ($1,500 each) are Thomas Lund - Mechanical Engineering student at University of Colorado, Boulder and Jeffrey Olson - Petroleum Engineering student at Colorado School of Mines.
Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2014
Geothermal Resources Council Announces Scholarship Winners (PDF) (June 23, 2014)
The winners of the Undergraduate scholarships ($1,500) were Megan Dewit of Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, and Paige Granneman of the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.
The three winners of the Graduate scholarships ($2,500) were Nastaran Arianpoo of the University of British Columbia, Canada; Joseph Batir of Southern Methodist University, Texas, USA, and Maciej Lukawski of Cornell Energy Institute in New York, USA.
The Geothermal Project award ($4,500) went to Holly McLachlan of the University of Nevada, Reno, USA.
The recipients were presented with their awards at the 2014 GRC Annual Meeting, held at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, USA, September 28 – October 1, 2014.
New Zealand ASEAN Scholarships for Indonesia
The New Zealand Embassy invites individuals with an inquiring mind, enthusiasm and drive to contribute to the future development of Indonesia to apply. The scholarships empower individuals with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to contribute to economic, social and political development within ASEAN nations. Up to 50 scholarships are provided by the New Zealand government to Indonesia.
Applications from Indonesia will close on Thursday 30 April 2015 for study in 2016.
Application forms and scholarships information is available at http://www.aid.govt.nz/schools or via email at email@example.com
Inquiries: PT Austraning – Lippo Kuningan, 19th Floor Jl. HR Rasuna Said, Kav B1 Jakarta 12940. Phone: +6221 29110146
The US Energy Department announced the 2014 winners of the National Geothermal Student Competition and the Geothermal Case Study Challenge at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo in Portland, Oregon. These competitions challenged college and university students to develop professional business solutions for public outreach as well as case studies that could help industry more accurately pinpoint geothermal resources in subsurface areas across the United States.
The winning student teams—from Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada and Colorado School of Mines in Denver, Colorado—demonstrated exceptional rigor in their research and useful interpretation of technical geothermal concepts. Geothermal energy is an important part of the Obama Administration's all-of-the-above energy strategy, supplying American homes and businesses with clean, renewable power around the clock.
National Geothermal Student Competition
|Phil Ulibarri (right) accepts the plaque for 1st
prize from GTO Director Doug Hollett
The theme of this year's National Geothermal Student Competition, GeoEnergy Is Beautiful, encouraged teams to focus on a non-technical deployment barrier: communicating the benefits of geothermal energy. The contest challenged students to create innovative infographics using publicly available data, scientific understanding, and graphics, and also to develop an associated outreach strategy. The top 2014 teams are:
- Truckee Meadow Community College
- The University of Texas—Pan American
- The University of Mississippi
|Travis Brown (left) explains his poster
Geothermal Case Study Challenge
The Geothermal Case Study Challenge centered on aggregating geothermal data to identify trends in locating geothermal energy resources. Participating student teams produced several well-researched case studies detailing the exploration, development, and geologic history of select U.S. geothermal resource areas. The students added their case studies to OpenEI.org
, the Energy Department's open-source energy information platform, to ensure that their work can inform future exploration and development efforts. The top three student teams were:
- Colorado School of Mines, covering the Waunita Hot Springs Geothermal Area in Colorado
- University of North Dakota, covering the Mt. Princeton Geothermal Area in Colorado
- University of North Dakota, covering the Lightning Dock Geothermal Area in New Mexico
Geothermal Programs at Universities