University of Utah’s Energy & Geoscience Institute R&D management team and partners
The Utah FORGE project is part of the University of Utah’s Energy & Geoscience Institute (EGI). The project is committed to creating a national laboratory to accelerate the development of enhanced geothermal system technologies. The research team is comprised of the nation’s best technical and R&D management leadership from the oil and gas and geothermal industries, R&D universities, national laboratories, and energy technology companies. To enhance the capabilities and expand its reach, the project team is supported by a Science and Technology Advisory Team composed of the leading experts in Enhanced Geothermal System development and reservoir stimulation, and the Department of Energy.
Dr. Joseph Moore
Dr. Stuart Simmons
Technical Expert on Geology and Geochemistry
Dr. John McLennan
Lead Reservoir Management
Dr. Kristine Pankow
Seismic Monitoring Coordinator
Dr. Robert Podgorney
Technical Expert on Reservoir Modeling
Dr. Moore serves on the PMT as the Managing PI. Dr. Moore has participated in DOE projects since the mid-1970s. He holds appointments at the University of Utah as a Research Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics. Dr. Moore currently serves as the Managing PI, with Co-PI Dr. McLennan on the Raft River EGS project “Concept Testing and Development at the successful Raft River Geothermal Field, Idaho”. Dr. Moore has also actively participated in both the Coso and Desert Peak EGS projects. His expertise is in the geology, hydrothermal alteration and geochemistry of geothermal systems and in the development of conceptual models based on geoscientific data. He has published more than 150 reports and articles on his investigations. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Geothermal Resources Council and the Geothermal Energy Association Technical Board.
Dr. Simmons serves as the Technical Expert on Geology and Geochemistry. He is a Research Professor at the Energy & Geoscience Institute (EGI) and in the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Utah. He uses a wide range of chemical and mineralogical methods to investigate hydrothermal fluid flow, heat transfer, and mineralizing processes in geothermal resources and ore deposits. He has worked extensively in New Zealand, Chile, Mexico, and the western USA. From 1987 to 2008, he was on the academic staff of the Geothermal Institute at the University of Auckland where he served as Associate Professor and Director. Before joining EGI in 2013, he worked as a consultant and was a Research Professor at Colorado School of Mines (2011-2012). His published work appears in American Journal of Science, Economic Geology, Geothermics, Geology, Journal of Geophysical Research, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, Nature, and Science, and he has given numerous short courses on geothermal resources and epithermal mineralization. He is recipient of the Skinner Award (2012, with J. Rowland), the Silver Medal (2014) and the Marden Award (2018) from the Society of Economic Geologists. He currently serves on technical review panels for the Ngawha, Rotokawa, and Wairakei geothermal projects in New Zealand.
Dr. McLennan serves as a Co-PI on the PMT and as the Technical Lead for Resource Management activities. Since 2009, Professor John McLennan has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah. He has been a Senior Research Scientist at the Energy & Geoscience Institute and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Utah since 2008. He has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto, awarded in 1980. Before joining the university, he had more than thirty-five years of experience with petroleum service and technology companies. He worked nine years for Dowell Schlumberger in their Denver, Tulsa, and Houston facilities. Later, John was with TerraTek in Salt Lake City, Advantek International in Houston, and ASRC Energy Services in Anchorage. He has worked on projects concerned with subsurface energy recovery (hydrocarbon, geothermal) in a variety of reservoir environments throughout the world. He is an ARMA Fellow and has served as ARMA president
Dr. Kristine Pankow serves as the Technical Expert on Seismic Monitoring and Imaging. She is currently the Acting Director of the University of Utah Seismograph Stations (UUSS) and is a Research Professor in the Geology and Geophysics Department. Dr. Pankow is the Advanced National Seismic System, Regional Coordinator for the Intermountain Region, the Board Secretary for the Seismological Society of America, and is a member of the Utah Mine Safety Technical Advisory Council. Dr. Pankow has over 20 years of experience in monitoring and analyzing seismicity and seismotectonics in the eastern Great Basin, including central and western Utah – where the Utah FORGE site is located. She has a well-established research program studying seismic sequences (both natural and induced) within the Great Basin. She and her research group are currently using time and frequency waveform based analysis to extend detection thresholds for microseismicity, exploring algorithms to determine source properties of small earthquakes, and are performing detailed analyses of swarm and triggered seismic sequences to better understand the physical processes that lead to these sequences.
Dr. Robert Podgorney is the Technical Expert on Reservoir Modeling activities at Utah FORGE. Dr. Podgorney serves as the director of the Nuclear Computational Resource Center and a directorate fellow of the advanced scientific computing division at the Idaho National Laboratory, leading a diverse team of scientists and engineers focused on developing computational tools and frameworks for energy related applications. His personal research interests center on energy and water related issues, focusing on investigations of fluid flow, heat transport, and mechanics in fractures and fracture networks and the development of massively parallel simulators for describing these systems. He has a Ph.D in Geology (multiphase fluid flow, computational fluid dynamics) from the University of Idaho, and serves as the Chair for Reservoir Modeling to the International Partnership for Geothermal Technology, a multinational coordination effort focused on advancing geothermal energy.