Ph.D., Geomechanics, University of Oslo, 2004
M.Sc., Geotechnics, University of Oslo, 1996
B.Sc., Geology, University of Oslo, 1995
Dr. Runar Nygaard is the Director of the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering, Eberly Family Chair, and Professor of Petroleum Engineering. He originally hails from Norway and completed his education at the University of Oslo, earning a doctorate degree in Geomechanics in 2004. He worked in the oil and gas industry and McKinsey & Company before starting his academic career at the University of Calgary in Canada. Nygaard then accepted a position at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Before coming to OU, he was the Program Director and Courson Chair in petroleum engineering at Oklahoma State University. His research centers around the construction of safe and efficient wells. Dr. Nygaard’s research in geomechanics, drilling engineering and well design, address the technical, economical, and environmental challenges that arise around the man made well. This includes subsurface environment for oil, gas, geothermal, and CO2 storage sites. His ongoing projects are drilling efficiency in hard rock for geothermal energy, sensor deployment in wells, and plug and abandonment of offshore wells.