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Laura Chiaramonte

Thesis: Geomechanical Characterization and Reservoir Simulation of a CO2 Sequestration Project in a Mature Oil Field, Teapot Dome, WY

Current Employer / Position: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory / Research Scientist

Owen Hurd

Thesis: Geomechanical Analysis of Intraplate Earthquakes and Earthquakes Induced During Stimulation of Low Permeability Gas Reservoirs

Current employer: EOG Resources

Hanna Ross

Thesis: Carbon Dioxide Sequestration and Enhanced Coalbed Methane Recovery in Unmineable Coalbeds of the Powder River Basin, Wyoming

Current Employer:  Consultant and full time Mum to two gorgeous girls

Naomi Boness

Thesis: Physical properties and multi-scale seismic anisotropy in the
crust surrounding the San Andreas Fault near Parkfield, CA

Current Employer / Position: Chevron / Senior Geophysicist

Jeremy Brown

Thesis: Fault Reactivation Potential and Stress Path due to Severe Depletion and Subsequent Injection in Paleocene (Lower Tertiary) Reservoirs of the Gulf of Mexico

Current Employer/Position: Baker Hughes/Geomechanics Specialist, Reservoir Software B.V.

Alvin Chan

Thesis: Production-Induced Reservoir Compaction, Permeability Loss and Land Surface Subsidence. Ph.D. in 2004.

Current Employee/Position: Geomechanicist for Shell's deepwater assets
in the Gulf of Mexico. My research interests focus mainly on the
integration of structural geology, rock physics, geomechanics and their
impacts on field development plans and daily operations.

Lourdes Colmenares

Thesis: Rock Strength Under True Triaxial loading, Seismotectonics of Northern South America and Geomechanics and Coal Bed Methane Production in the Powder River Basin.
Employer/Position: Self-employed/Educator

Amy Fox

Thesis: Characterization and Modeling of In Situ Stress Heterogeneity

Current Employer/position: Canadian Discovery Ltd., Calgary, Alberta / Senior Geomechanics Specialist

Balz Grollimund

Thesis: Impact of Deglaciation on Stress and Implications for Seismicity and Hydrocarbon Exploration

Employer/Position: Swiss Reinsurance Company/ Head of the Earthquake team within the Natural Catastrophe unit of Swiss Re. I am responsible for overseeing the underwriting tools the company uses to assess earthquake risks for treaty and single risk businesses, supporting the development of non-traditional risk transfer instruments, as well as providing expert advice in all aspects related to geological hazards.

Amie Hows

Thesis: Geomechanical analysis applied to geological carbon dioxide sequestration, induced seismicity in deep mines, and detection or stress-induced velocity anisotropy in sub-salt environments

Current employer/position: Shell/Research Petrohphysicist