Pyrak-Nolte, Laura J

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Detection of Subsurface Fractures in Rocks for Oil Recovery and Subsurface Sequestration
  1. Materials and Manufacturing
  2. Chemical Engineering
Pyrak-Nolte, Laura J


Dr. Laura J. Pyrak-Nolte is a Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Purdue University. She received her B.S. from State University of New York at Buffalo, M.S. in Geological Sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, and her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Mineral Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. From 2000 to 2004 she was honored as a University Scholar at Purdue, which recognizes faculty for be outstanding faculty who are on an accelerated path for academic distinction. Dr. Pyrak-Nolte also received the Schlumberger Lecture Award, which is awarded for excellence in rock mechanics research. In 2013, Dr. Pyrak-Nolte was named a Fellow of the American Rock Mechanics Association. Her research focuses on mechanical discontinuities in rocks, including, quantitatively establishing the links among the mechanical, hydraulic, and seismic properties of discontinuities.

For additional information, visit Dr. Pyrak-Nolte's Purdue website:
or her Rock Physics Research Group website