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Professor & Mewbourne Chair in Petroleum Engineering #2

Office:    SEC 1230

Research interests: Rock mechanics, Acoustic emissions, Rock physics

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B.A., Geology, Queens College, CUNY of New York, 1969
M.A., Geology, Queens College, CUNY of New York, 1973
Ph.D., Geophysics, Cornell University, Ithaca, 1977

Carl Sondergeld is currently Professor and Curtis Mewbourne Chair at the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering, University of Oklahoma. He earned a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Cornell University and a B.A. and M.A. in Geology from Queens College, CUNY. He spent 19 years at the Tulsa Research Center of Amoco Production Company where he conducted research in petrophysics and rock physics, developed a portable wellsite core analysis system and developed a full waveform sonic logging tool. He holds 14 US patents. He has been at the University of Oklahoma for 17 years teaching petrophysics, intro to petroleum engineering, geological well logging, petrophysics of unconventional resources, and seismic reservoir modeling. He is a two-time winner of the Brandon Griffin award and four time winner of the SPE student chapter professor of the year award. He currently conducts research on unconventional reservoir rocks, in particular shales, and in the areas of microstructural characterization, anisotropy, NMR, petrophysics, hydraulic fracturing and seismic reservoir modeling. He served as the 2010 SEG Distinguished Lecturer. He and Dr. Chandra Rai manage two industrial consortia: “Experimental Rock Physics” and the “Unconventional Shale Consortium”.

Mighani, S., C. Sondergeld and C. Rai, 2014, Efficient Completions in Anisotropic Shale Gas Formations, URTeC 1934272

Curtis, M. E., E. T. Goergen, J. Jernigen, C. H. Sondergeld and C. S. Rai, 2014, Mapping of Organic Matter Distribution on the Centimeter Scale with nanometer resolution, URTeC  1922757

Shukla, P. , V.  Kumar, M. Curtis, C. Sondergeld and C. S. Rai, 2013, Nanoindentation studies on shales, ARAM-13-578, American Rock Mechanics Association, 47th US Rock Mechanics/ Geomechanics Symp, San Francisco, CA, 23-26 June.

Tinni, A., E. Fathi, R. Agarwal, C. Sondergeld, Y. Akkutlu and C. Rai, 2012, Shale permeability measurements on plugs and crushed samples, SPE 162235, Canadian Unconventional Resource Conference, 30 Oct-1 Nov.

Damani, A., A. Sharma, C. Sondergeld and C. Rai, 2012, Mapping of hydraulic fractures under triaxial stress conditions in laboratory experiments using acoustic emissions, SPE159604, presented at the annual SPE ATCE, San Antonio, 8-10 Oct