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GRC Member Sarah Pistone, M.S., Stanford class of 2011, discusses her continued work on geothermal energy, a pursuit that began in her time at Stanford in Energy Resources Engineering.


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Portland State University                             


Internships

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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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 -
Anna Crowell
anna.crowell@my.und.edu

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
james.crowell@my.und.edu


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
kjahanba@mines.edu

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
dmalkemus@gmail.com

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
Joseph Batir
jbatir@gmail.com

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
Ali Moradi
amoradig@mymail.mines.edu

Colorado School of Mines
 
Owen Callahan
owen.callahan@gmail.com

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
phuybach@gmail.com

University of Texas, Dallas
Adam Hawkins
ajh338@cornell.edu

Cornell University

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
hmsalman111@gmail.com

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
mzl8@cornell.edu

Cornell University, Energy Institute

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
John Sisler
jsisler@cruzio.com

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:

Ethina Amer-Yahia (2014)
eameryah@mines.edu
Colorado School of Mines

Koenraad F. Beckers (2014)
kb447@cornell.edu
Cornell University, Energy Institute

Erin Camp (2014)
erc85@cornell.edu
Cornell University

Berkley Forbes (2014)
bsf32@nau.edu
Northern Arizona University

Caitlin Hartig (2014)
caitlin.hartig@gmail.com
University of North Dakota

Andrés Ruzo (2014)
aruzoc@gmail.com
Southern Methodist University
SMU Geothermal Lab

Stefano Benato (2014)
stefano.benato@gmail.com
University of Nevada, Reno

James Hootsmans (2014)
hootsmans@tamu.edu
Texas A&M University


Scholarships

Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2015

To qualify for one of these awards a student must be a GRC member (student memberships are only $5 per year) as well as a student in an accredited academic institution. Selection of recipients will be based upon a variety of factors, including the individual’s academic record, student activities, geothermal industry experience, and career goals.

The following awards are available:

  • Two (2) GRC Undergraduate Scholarship Awards of $1,500 – to be eligible for one of these awards, the candidate must be a third or fourth year undergraduate majoring in engineering or geosciences at the time of the award (Fall 2015).
  • Three (3) GRC Graduate Scholarship Awards of $2,500 – to be eligible for one of these awards, the candidate must be enrolled in a graduate-level program in engineering or geosciences at the time of the award (Fall 2015).
  • One (1) Student Geothermal Project Award of $4,500 –  selection of recipient will be based primarily upon the creation and description of a geothermal-focused project, though other factors such as the individual’s academic record, student activities, geothermal industry experience, and career goals will factor into the determination as well. The project can represent a variety of academic subjects, including, but not limited to, geosciences, engineering, and economics. The primary requirement is that the project be focused on some aspect of geothermal power production, geothermal direct use applications or geothermal heat pumps.

Applications must be received by May 22, 2015 to be considered. Successful recipients will be notified by June 30, 2015.

Applications must include:

  1. Copies of all relevant college transcripts.
  2. List of student activities, including offices held, as well as a list and brief description of all extracurricular and/or community activities.
  3. List of geothermal-related classes and any relevant field or operational experience.
  4. Two (2) letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references.
  5. A letter of application discussing the applicant’s background, career goals and objectives, with particular reference to applicant’s relationship to geothermal energy and the geo-sciences. The letter should also state how the applicant intends to use the scholarship money and what results (publications, thesis etc.) will be produced.
  6. (Student Geothermal Project Award only): A short project description (5 or fewer pages) describing the purpose and methodology, as well as any anticipated results. A budget should be included with the project description and effort should be made to describe the benefits that the project offers to the geothermal community. The award recipients will be invited to present the results of their projects at the 2015 GRC Annual Meeting held in Reno, Nevada.

Please state clearly in your application letter the award for which you are applying.

Applications should be addressed to:

Geothermal Resources Council
GRC Scholarship Award Committee
P.O. Box 1350
Davis, CA 95617

Please direct questions regarding the scholarship awards to: Brian Schmidt, bschmidt@geothermal.org or 530-758-2360, ext. 107

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 nzas.info@cbn.net.id

Inquiries: PT Austraning – Lippo Kuningan, 19th Floor Jl. HR Rasuna Said, Kav B1 Jakarta 12940. Phone: +6221 29110146


Competitions

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:

  1. Truckee Meadow Community College
  2. The University of Texas—Pan American
  3. 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:
  1. Colorado School of Mines, covering the Waunita Hot Springs Geothermal Area in Colorado
  2. University of North Dakota, covering the Mt. Princeton Geothermal Area in Colorado
  3. University of North Dakota, covering the Lightning Dock Geothermal Area in New Mexico

Geothermal Programs at Universities