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Energy & Environmental Research Center Promotes One, Hires Three

Published 01/19/2013, Grand Forks Herald

Promotion Dr. Nikhil Patel, Research Manager, works in the areas of combustion and gasification of biomass, coal, and unconventional, difficult-to-burn liquid and solid industrial wastes, including inventing and implementing innovative zero-effluent discharge gasification processes that can achieve seamless integration with technologies for distributed production of energy and liquid fuels through indirect liquefaction. New Employees Scott Ayash, Research Specialist–Project Manager, assists in managing projects involving CO2 sequestration technologies under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership Program and associated projects. Tyler Roen, Research Engineer, works on a laboratory team focused on the derivation of mechanical and geochemical properties of rocks, fluids, and engineered materials of importance to the oil and gas and emerging CO2 storage industries. Dr. Jyoti Shah, Research Scientist, works to develop geophysical models and perform geological characterization and petrophysical analyses to assess project uncertainties in oil and gas development and geological CO2 storage.

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