PETE Seminar Speaker Terry Engelder


Topic title: "What happens to a relatively impermeable rock when five million gallons of water are suddenly injected?"

Time: 3:00-4:20 pm

room: 204 Tureaud Hall

Terry Engelder, a leading authority on the recent Marcellus gas shale play, holds degrees from Penn State B.S. ('68), Yale M.S. ('72) and Texas A&M, Ph.D. ('73).  He is currently a Professor of Geosciences at PennState and has previously served on the staffs of the US Geological Survey, Texaco, and ColumbiaUniversity.  Short-term academic appointments include those of Visiting Professor at GrazUniversity in Austria and Visiting Professor at the University of Perugia in Italy.  His research focus for the past 35 years has been the interaction between earth stress and rock fracture.He has written 160 research papers, many focused on Appalachia, and a book, the research monograph "Stress Regimes in the Lithosphere". Other academic distinctions include a Fulbright Senior Fellowship in AustraliaPennState's Wilson Distinguished Teaching Award, membership in a US earth science delegation to visit the Soviet Union immediately following Nixon-Brezhnev dĂȘtente, and the singular honor of helping Walter Alvarez collect the samples that led to the famous theory for dinosaur extinction by large meteorite impact.   In 2011 he was named to the Foreign Policy Magazine's list of Top 100 Global Thinkers for drawing international attention to the value of gas shale as an energy source.