Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering
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Naming of Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering The dedication of the Harold Hamm School took place in Leonard Hall on September 24, 2012, before a packed Museum Lobby, with UND’s President Robert Kelley presiding. The total project includes $10 million as a gift from Harold Hamm and Continental Resources, Inc., and another $4 million from the North Dakota’s Industrial Commission/Oil and Gas Research Program. The funds are integrated to support higher education at the newly renamed College of Engineering and Mines. The funds endow distinguished professorships, scholarships for incoming students (the first time we have been able to offer such stipends), funding for HHSGGE student activities, new equipment, and highresolution scanning of valuable core library resource materials for educational and research study. Hesham El-Rewini, Harold Hamm, Joseph Hartman, Ed Shafer
Dear Alumni, students, faculty, and friends of the former Department of Geology and Geological Engineering (GGE). As many of you know, your department is now the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering. The University Of North Dakota announced the change, and a private and public funding totaling $14 million. Many significant changes have already taken place. The goal of this change is to move our School and its programs to a higher level, and especially to enhance UND’s efforts in petroleum geology and related fields. The outcome will include improvement in the geological and geological engineering educational experience for all of our students. Many changes have occurred at UND and HHSGGE; new Web site structure, new e-mails as of last fall (old one’s will not work), many new undergraduate students enrolling in our programs. With all of these and other changes, we want to stay in touch. Send us your e-mail addresses, send us your news. We are going to announce electronic newsletters regularly by e-mail and send paper versions via post periodically. Send information to firstname.lastname@example.org and visit our news at http://issuu.com/hhsgge or at http://engineering.und.edu/geology-and-geological-engineering/
where you can also view old newsletters and Leonard Award banquet programs (with more to come).
President Kelley said, “This is an exceptional day for the University of North Dakota. We are delighted to announce the renaming of our School of Geology and Geological Engineering for Mr. Harold Hamm in honor of this very generous gift from Mr. Hamm and Continental Resources, Inc.” From the Director, Joseph Hartman
INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Director’s Note
Leonard Award — Ramsey
Congrats and LEEPS
Founders Day Recognition
Cosmogenic Lab, Geothermal
NDGS-CSM-SPE Core Workshop
PREEC, Alumni News
2013 Graduate Students
April 12, 2013 (Issue 1 HHSGGE)
Contact: UND, HHSGGE, 81 Cornell Street Stop 8358, Grand Forks ND 58202; (701) 777-2811 Fax (701) 777-4449; email@example.com
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A R T H U R G R AY L E O N A R D A WA R D 2 0 1 2 Please join us in honoring 2012 Arthur Gray Leonard Award Medal recipient—Bruce Ramsey. Bruce first got interested in geology as a kid growing up on a farm in northeastern North Dakota. He dug in the dirt and wondered about that curvy ridge that ran through the neighbors’ pasture. He later learned the difference between an esker and an old railroad bed! After high school, Bruce attended the University of North Dakota, where he majored in geology (’72). When he graduated with his M.S. (’74), he was also given a trophy as the best hockey player in the Department of Geology. Bruce started his U.S. Forest Service career as the District Geologist on the Little Missouri National Grasslands, which at the time was part of the Custer National Forest. After chasing oil rigs, seismic crews, and uranium exploration folks around for a couple of years, he moved to the Red Lodge District in Montana to deal with the beginnings of the Stillwater Mine (platinum and palladium in the Stillwater Complex). He then moved into the Supervisor’s office as a Forest Service geologist. Bruce then worked in the oil business in Casper. Several years later he went back to the U.S. Forest Service to lead the leasable minerals program. He was the Assistant Director of Minerals and Geology for quite some time in Washington, D.C., which earned him the posting of Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Supervisor (Region 1). Once he had directed, negotiated, horse traded, browbeaten, and finalized the forest plan revision, not to mention fighting fires during the high fire years, he needed a vacation! Last April, Bruce was asked if he would be interested in a move to Golden to help start up new Central National Office organization, and accepted the Deputy Director of Minerals and Geology position for the Forest Service. Other recent Leonard Award recipients include: John Hoganson, 2011; Frank J. Schulte, 2010; Milton O. Lindvig, 2010; John E. Utgaard, 2009; J. Mark Erickson, 2008.
Award of the medal recognizes outstanding achievement in the geosciences and geological engineering; technical studies and projects applied to societal needs; teaching, educational development; or leadership in conservation of Earth’s resources and environment. Conferred by faculty and alumni of the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering of the University of North Dakota.
SPRING BANQUET LEEPS SEMINARS
F O R M E R F AC U LT Y NEWS Seth Knudsen has been awarded the North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers (SPE) Outstanding Senior Award for 2013. Seth is from Williston, North Dakota, and plans to go on for a Master’s in either petroleum or geological engineering. He looks forward to working in the oil patch.
The Leonard Award Medal was established in 1992 in honor of Arthur Gray Leonard (1865–1932), a scholar, leader, and pioneering geologist of North Dakota.
Alan M. Cvancara, faculty emeritus, and his wife, Ella, have initiated an “avian migration” between Casper, Wyoming, and Harvest, Alabama. Good friends at both locations make the change in life style (and weather) more enjoyable. In September 2012, Alan had his 20th book published: Making Music Moves Us, along with a CD.
The School continues to host LEEPS (Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Science) throughout the 2012–2013 academic year. These seminars are always open to alums and public. The schedule for these presentations is updated frequently as seminars are added (check the GGE Web site).
William McDonough, Department of Geology, University of Maryland, gave a noon LEEPS talk and keynote speech on Geo-neutrinos in honor of our spring banquet awardees on April 5, 2013 (more on recipients to follow).
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Founder s Day Banquet 2013 At this year’s founders Day banquet, Nels Forsman, HHSGGE professor and alum, was one of UND’s employees recognized for 25 years of service. Other Geology & Geological Engineering faculty members with 25+ years of UND service: Richard LeFever Dexter Perkins Will Gosnold Joseph Hartman
HHSGGE’S NEW COSMO LAB Our cosmogenic isotope/geochemistry lab is now operational. Much effort has gone into cleaning the lab space and adding filters to air vents to keep dust and outside contaminants at a minimum. Ph.D. student Ted Bibby with HHSGGE faculty Ron Matheney and Jaakko Putkonen are isolating beryllium and aluminum from Antarctic samples to date glacial landforms. Many individuals throughout the School have cooperated to make this lab space a reality and many thanks go to all the faculty and staff who were involved. Among other things, the lab features a glove box for AMS cathode packing, a HF certified fumehood for mineral digestions, a station for heavy liquid mineral separations and a set of ion exchange columns for ion chromatography.
G E O T H E R M A L U P DAT E
One HHSGGE geothermal project is with Continental Resources, Inc., and will go online in the summer of 2013. The demonstration project will employ two highefficiency organic Rankine cycle (ORC) engines to generate 250 kWh of power using 210°F water from the Lodgepole Formation. UND, CRI and the ORC manufacturer, Access Energy, will monitor the system for two years after start-up. The outcome of this demonstration project could have a major impact on energy supplies for North We need your e-mail addresses – or if Dakota oil fields. you know someone that does not get If this project proves successful, it will demonstrate the opportunity for e-mail, we will be happy to send a paper electrical utilities to install mobile, distributed power systems throughout the oil copy of our newsletter. Let your fellow patch. Our calculations on the potential power that could be produced yield GGE alums know we are back in the numbers in excess of the nation’s entire power consumption. Simply stated, this news business. Thanks. demonstration project could have a huge impact.
COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES, SPE, AND NORTH DAKOTA G E OL O G I C A L S URVEY C ORE W O R K S H O P A petroleum core workshop was held in Leonard Hall on March 11–15 that included students and alumni from Colorado School of Mines, industry leaders, Society of Petroleum Engineers members, and HHSGGE students. Henriette Eidsnes, from Stavanger, Norway, who participated in the core workshop run by the NDGS said “the workshop provided a good education and learning environment so students and industry professionals were able to exchange expertise on the Bakken.”
For more information on the NDGS Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library Visit: https://www.dmr.nd.gov/ndgs/newsletter/winter09/PDF/Core%20Library.pdf
(Left to right): Dr. Steve Sonnenberg, and Ellen Steve Sonnenberg, Henriette Eidsnes Fehrs (M.S.). (M.S.), Ellen Fehrs (M.S.), Dr. Dipanwita Nandy, and Aaron Bazzell (Left to right): Dr.
Colorado School of Mines program information Visit: http://geology.mines.edu/Bakken/
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PETROLEUM RESEARCH EDUCATION (PREEC) PREEC, directed by Will Gosnold (HHSGGE), has grown to include participants in five different academic disciplines and six different degree programs. The Center’s missions broadly include research to support North Dakota’s energy industry, support for student learning, and support for energy-related entrepreneurship. Current PREEC research projects include: enhanced oil recovery (EOR), CO2 sequestration, nondestructive and destructive testing of petrophysical and geomechanical properties of Bakken samples, formation characterization, basin thermal history, geothermal resource assessment of U.S. intracratonic basins, and electric power production from co-produced hot water. The EOR project, directed by Dr. Dongmei Wang, tests the application of surfactants to increase oil recovery from tight formations. Laboratory tests with Noble Energy indicate that the method can increase recovery from 1% of Original Oil in Place (OOIP) to 25% of OOIP. Field tests are planned for the summer of 2013 to pursue surfactant formulation optimization in Niobrara shale. The PREEC EOR research team is also collaborating with the UND Chemical Engineering Department using glycerin to improve hydraulic fracturing treatment capability.
2 0 1 3 G R A D UA T E S T U D E N T S First Name Last Name Zachary Alcorn Richard
Focus Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
Cameroon Stratigraphy IA
Petroleum tight shales
Ground Water Denitrification
Heat Flow of Nebraska Anisotrophy analysis of Shales
Geological Engineering Geothermal
ALUMNI NEWS Dr. Eric Brevik (B.S. ‘92, M.A. ‘94), and his wife, Cori, had a 2012 year full of milestones. Their son was born May 31st. Eric was promoted to Professor of Geology and Soils at Dickinson State University, and also became chair of the Department of Natural Sciences. He was recognized with the Soil Science Education Award. In April 2012, he was invited to the European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna, Austria to organize a session on soil science history. At the end of the meeting he was elected chair of the newly formed History and Society of Soil Science Committee of the Soil System Sciences Division. In December 2012, his book titled “Soils and Human Health” was published. In Memoriam — The Passing of Ned Noble Ed Murphy, Director of the North Dakota Geological Survey (B.S. ‘73, M.S. ‘83) reported the passing of former North Dakota State Geologist Edwin (Ned) Austin Noble on January 3, 2013, at the age of 90. Ned served as Assistant State Geologist from 1965 to 1969 under Wilson M. Laird and State Geologist and Chairman of the UND’s Department of Geology from 1969 to 1978. Lee C. Gerhard served as Assistant State Geologist under Ned and became State Geologist and Department Chairman when Ned left. Ned studied at the University of New Mexico and later received his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Wyoming. He worked in the Exploration Division of the Atomic Energy Commission on the Colorado Plateau and later in Argentina as a United Nations advisor to their uranium program. After working for the North Dakota Geological Survey, Ned went to work for the USGS-Reston, Virginia, and spent five years working in Pakistan on a USAID energy resource program for which he received the Meritorious Service Award in 1991.