School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
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Franklin M. ("Lynn") Orr, Jr.
Keleen and Carlton Beal Professor in Petroleum Engineering, Emeritus
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsResearch
My students and I work to understand the physical mechanisms that control flow of multiphase, multicomponent fluids in the subsurface, using a combination of experiments and theory. The theory part includes numerical simulation of flow in heterogeneous porous rocks and coalbeds, often using streamline approaches, and it also involves solving by analytical methods the differential equations that describe the interactions of complex phase equilibrium and flow (porous rocks containing more than one flowing phase can sometimes act like a chromatograph, separating components as they flow). The experiments are used to test how well the models describe reality. Applications of this work range from enhanced oil and gas recovery to geologic storage of carbon dioxide (to reduce greenhouse gas emissions) to the transport of contaminants in aquifers.
I teach a courses for graduate students on the mathematics of multiphase, multicomponent flow in porous media and on the thermodynamics of phase behavior. I also teach an undergraduate course on energy for freshmen.
Member, National Research Council Committee on Subsurface Characterization, Modeling, Monitoring, and Remediation of Fractured Rocks, 2013-present, Member, Technical Advisory Committee, Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame; Member, Division Committee for the Division of Earth and Life Sciences of the National Research Council, 2012-present; Member, Energy Technology Innovation System Working Group, President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology, 2010; Member, California Energy Future study committee (2009-2010); Member, NRC Committee on America's Energy Future (2007-2009); co-chair, Workshop on Basic Research Needs for the Geosciences, U.S. Dept. of Energy (2007); IOR Pioneer, Society of Petroleum Engineers (2006); Honorary Doctorate in Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland (2005); member, Advisory Board, Carbon Mitigation Initiative, Princeton University (2004-present); director, Global Climate & Energy Project, Stanford University; member, Faculty Leadership Committee, Stanford Institute for the Environment (2004-05); National Associate of the National Academies (2002); Robert Earl McConnell Award, AIME (2001); election to National Academy of Engineering (2000); member, Board of Directors, David and Lucile Packard Foundation (1999-2008); member, Provost's Committee on the Environment (1995-2004); member, Board of Directors, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (1987-present); Chair, Fellowships for Science and Engineering Advisory Panel, David and Lucile Packard Foundation (1990-present);
Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMichael studies the psychological and sociological issues underpinning the sharing economy. He employs a mixed methods approach of ethnography, field experiments, and large dataset analysis.
Ph.D. Student in Geological and Environmental Sciences
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsProjects
- Timing and mechanism for exhumation of the Brooks Range orogenic belt, AK (in progress)
- Cause and timing of basin development of interior Alaska basins (in progress)
- Ne and Ar diffusion experiment in biotite and white mica
- Zircon characterization during HT metamorphism (completed)
- Arctic plate reconstruction (completed)
Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources
Ph.D. Minor, Economics
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsChikara studies the distributional impacts of climate and clean energy policies. In particular, he is interested in using insights from labor economics to to study the impact of such policies on low-income households, both using econometric techniques as well as simulation using energy–economy models.
MBA, expected graduation 2017
Masters Student in Environment and Resources
BioBefore starting Stanford's joint MS / MBA program, I worked for the wildlife conservation organization Panthera where I focused on the development and implementation of new anti-poaching technologies to help protect tigers and their prey. Here at Stanford I am continuing to explore the intersection of technology, conservation, and business, including remote sensing, wireless connectivity, and food tech.
Dante Orta Aleman
Masters Student in Energy Resources Engineering
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsHis current research focuses in the use of machine-learning models for automatic interpretation of temperature profiles in Oil & Gas wells.