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Director & Eberly Family Chair 

Office:    SEC 1264
Phone:   405-325-2921

Research interests: Wellbore Integrity, Geomechanics and Drilling Engineering

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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 and the 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, first at University of Calgary in Canada, then at Missouri University of Science and Technology and, 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. More specifically Dr. Nygaard’s research in geomechanics, drilling engineering and well design, addresses the technical, economical and environmental challenges that arise around the man made well and the subsurface environment for oil and gas, geothermal and CO2 storage sites. Ongoing projects are addressing drilling efficiency in hard rock for geothermal energy, sensor deployment in wells, and plug and abandonment of offshore wells. 

  • Technical Excellence Award, Missouri University Science & Technology, 2016
  • Young Faculty Award, Missouri University S & T Mines & Metallurgy Academy, 2012
  • SPE Faculty Support Program Awardee for Mid Continent Region, 2011
  • Marquis Who is Who in America, 2009-present
  • Norwegian Research Council Personal PhD scholarship, 1997-2000

Issa, M. A., Hadi, F. A., Nygaard, R. (2021). Coupled reservoir geomechanics with sand production to minimize the sanding risks in unconsolidated reservoirs. PETROLEUM SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. 10.1080/10916466.2021.2014522. (Published)


Duguid, A., Guo, B., Nygaard, R., Ramakrishnan, T. S., Chugunov, N. (2021). Monitoring well integrity at the Cranfield field phase III CO2 storage project. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL, 109. 10.1016/j.ijggc.2021.103341. (Published)


Meng, J., Pashin, J. C., Nygaard, R. (2020). Geomechanical characteristics of potential carbon dioxide sinks and seals in the DeSoto Canyon Salt Basin, eastern Gulf of Mexico. Environmental Geosciences, 27(2), 87--101. (Published) 

Wise, J., Cedola, A., Nygaard, R., Hareland, G., Arild, \Oystein, Lohne, H. P., Ford, E. P. (2020). Wellbore characteristics that control debonding initiation and microannuli width in finite element simulations. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 191, 107157. (Published)