The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Student Committee is formally asking companies for any information on open or upcoming internships or entry level jobs appropriate for students who are active in geothermal research.

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Student Leadership Luncheon

GRC Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon

Tuesday, September 30, 12 Noon - 1:30pm
Room: Oregon Ballroom 204 (Level 2)                           Cost: Free for students
with GRC Annual Meeting registration

Industry leaders will meet with students attending the GRC Annual Meeting during Tuesday’s lunch hour. Discussions between the leaders and students over lunch will provide one-on-one opportunities to share ideas about key topics on a variety of geothermal interests.

GRC Annual Meeting Student Registration is just $5
Includes lunch for Mon. & Tues. Plus a complimentary partial 2014 and 2015 Full-Year Membership and Transactions, Vol. 38 on CD-ROM


Joe Moore

Company/Organization:  University of Utah
Job Title:  Research Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics.
Specialty: His expertise is in the geology, hydrothermal alteration, fluid inclusions and geochemistry of geothermal systems and in the development of conceptual models based on geoscientific data.
Years in the Geothermal Industry:  He has worked on geothermal projects since the mid 1970s.
Charlene Wardlow

Company/Organization:  Ormat
Job Title:  Director of Business Development
Specialty:  25 years in environmental permitting and compliance and developing new projects primarily in California.
Years in the Geothermal Industry: 30
Bill Rickard

Company/Organization:  Geothermal Resource Group
Job Title:  President
Specialty:  Drilling Engineering
Years in the Geothermal Industry:  37
Paul Brophy

Company/Organization: EGS Inc.
Job Title: President and Principal Geologist
Specialty:  geologic and resource assessment services
Years in the Geothermal Industry: over 40
Gene Suemnicht

Company/Organization:  EGS Inc.
Job Title:  CEO & Principal
Specialty:  His background includes extensive work in geology, geochemistry, and geophysics. Currently responsible for geothermal resource evaluations worldwide.
Years in the Geothermal Industry:  40
Louie Capuano, III

Company/Organization:  Capuano Engineering Co.
Job Title:  Drilling Engineer
Specialty:  Geothermal Well Drilling
Years in the Geothermal Industry:  Since 2006 as a drilling engineer.
Louis Capuano, Jr.

Company/Organization:  Capuano Engineering Co.
Job Title:  CEO/President and Drilling Engineer
Specialty:  Geothermal Well Drilling
Years in the Geothermal Industry:  Since 1974 as a drilling engineer and drilling engineering service provider.
Patrick Hanson

Company/Organization:  Scientific Drilling International
Job Title:  Global Marketing Manager
Specialty:  Marketing, Directional Drilling, Wellbore Positioning, Cased Hole Services
Years in the Geothermal Industry:  7 years with ThermaSource and Scientific Drilling
Karl Urbank

Company/Organization:  Calpine Corp. – The Geysers
Job Title:  Vice President – Technical Services
Specialty:  Engineering – Project Management - Operations
Years in the Geothermal Industry:  35
Richard Campbell

Company/Organization:  Consultant
Job Title:  Consultant (and Past-President of the Geothermal Resources Council)
Specialty:  Power Plant Design
Years in the Geothermal Industry:  38
Roy Mink

Company/Organization: MinkGeoHydro
Job Title:  President
Specialty:  geothermal and groundwater research. Registered Hydrogeologist in 6 states
Years in the Geothermal Industry:  over 40 years
Andy Sabin

Company/Organization:  US Navy, Geothermal Program Office
Job Title:  Navy’s SME (subject matter expert)/Senior Geolgist
Specialty:  Geothermal Systems, Exploration
Years in the Geothermal Industry:  20
Dwight Cole

Company: POWER Engineers, Inc. Position: Project Engineer Specialty: Power Plant Design/Instrumentation & Controls Years in Geothermal: 14 years (22+ years in Power/Energy)
Matt Fishman

Company: POWER Engineers, Inc. Position: Lead Mechanical Engineer Specialty: Power Plant Design/Mechanical Systems Years in Geothermal: 7 years

Geothermal Young Professionals Networking Dinner at GRC Annual Meeting

The 4th Annual Geothermal Young Professionals Dinner will be held on the Monday evening September 29 after the first day of the GRC Annual Meeting and and GEA Expo at Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub located at 112 SW 2nd Ave Portland, Oregon starting at 6:30pm.

Cost: $20 at door if the attendee wishes to eat a full meal; Less money required if just wanting appetizers. They will provide cash to me upfront to cover the final bill. Drink orders will be paid separately by each individual and are not part of the $20 package. Instruct individuals to bring cash.

There are two Kell's Irish Pub locations in Portland, OR. The event is at the location on 2nd Avenue. The Max light rail stop is Oak/SW 1st on the red and blue lines.

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Featured Student Publication

GIS-Based Geothermal Resource Assessment of the Denver Basin: Colorado and Nebraska (PDF) - Crowell, Anna M.; Gosnold, Will

Student Committee Chair Anna Crowell writes about a volumetric analysis of the geothermal resource potential of the Denver basin using bottom-hole temperatures (BHTs) from approximately 53,000 wells in Colorado and Nebraska.

Published in the 2013 Geothermal Resources Council Transactions

Meet Your Student Committee

Student Committee Representative to the Board of Directors: Anna Crowell

Student Committee Members:

Ethina Amer-Yahia   Koenraad Beckers

A PhD student in Chemical Engineering at Cornell University. His research focuses on techno-economic modeling of low-grade geothermal energy systems, including EGS and geothermal heat pumps. Student committee term expires 4/31/2014.
Stefano Benato

A PhD student at the University of Nevada, Reno in the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering. Current research focuses on reservoir modeling, hydraulic stimulation and EGS, simulation of coupled THMC processes and their effect on the evolution of the permeability. Student committee term expires 4/31/2014.
Erin Camp

A PhD student at Cornell University in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Current research focuses on characterizing potential low-temperature geothermal reservoirs in sedimentary basins, specifically depleted oil and/or gas reservoirs, in the northeast U.S. Student committee term expires 4/31/2014.
Anna Crowell

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 4/31/2014.
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 4/31/2014.
Berkley Forbes

An undergraduate geology student at Northern Arizona University. Current research focuses on the potential geothermal availability in the San Francisco Peaks region of Northern Arizona and the complications brought about by lateral heat diffusion through the Coconino Sandstone. Student committee term expires 4/31/2015.
Caitlin Hartig

A Master's student at the University of North Dakota in the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering. Current research focuses on optimizing the process of hydraulic fracture stimulation in a Sedimentary Enhanced Geothermal System (SEGS) as a viable heat source in the Deadwood Formation of the Williston Basin in North Dakota. Student committee term expires 4/31/2014.
James Hootsmans   Andrés Ruzo

A PhD Candidate at the Southern Methodist University Geothermal Laboratory in Dallas, Texas. Current research focuses on the understanding and development of geothermal systems and resources in Latin America, specifically in Perú. Student committee term expires 4/31/2015.

Scholarships & Competitions

Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2014

Geothermal Resources Council Announces Scholarship Winners (PDF) (June 23)

The following awards have been awarded:

  • The winners of the Undergraduate scholarships ($1,500) are 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) are 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) goes to Holly McLachlan of the University of Nevada, Reno, USA.

The recipients will be presented with their awards at the 2014 GRC Annual Meeting, held at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, USA, September 28 – October 1.

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - National Geothermal Student Competition

The U.S. Department Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Program and  Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education have announced the 2014 Geothermal Student Competition.

This year’s Competition focuses on a non-technical barrier to geothermal development: public communications. Students are asked to develop a cutting-edge geothermal communications tool that integrates accurate, technical information with a graphical visualization info graphic. Students will also create an outreach plan to disseminate the infographic to local middle and high schools.

The five finalists will attend the GRC Annual Meeting in Portland and the winners will be announced. Additionally, GRC Annual Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to vote for a “People’s Choice Award,” the winner of which will be announced at the GRC Annual Meeting’s conclusion.                      More information..........

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - Geothermal Technology Office - Geothermal Case Study Challenge

In Spring 2014, the Department of Energy's Geothermal Technology Office will sponsor a challenge in which university student teams will complete a series of case studies detailing the exploration and development history of select geothermal resource areas.

Professors at participating universities are encouraged to consult the provided geothermal web links to structure their course and support the project through their course assessments. Participating student groups will produce a case study detailing the exploration, development (where applicable), and geologic history of selected U.S. geothermal resource areas as a part of the final assessment of their coursework.

As a part of this research, students will also evaluate the effectiveness of different exploration activities conducted at their chosen site(s), for both operating and non-developed geothermal areas. This collection of information will add to the data available from the 14 existing case studies currently published on OpenEI. The goal is for these case studies to be used in future analyses to compare and contrast exploration techniques that were helpful in identifying and delineating resources with similar conceptual models. These data could aid in developing future exploration plans in undiscovered areas in the U.S.

Student groups producing the top 5 highest quality case studies will be awarded paid travel to present their work in a poster session at the 2014 GRC Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon, Sept 28th – Oct. 1st.     More information.......

Geothermal Programs at Universities