J. Carlos Santamarina

Adjunct Faculty, Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering
Associate Director, Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center

Physical Science and Engineering Division
Center membership : 
Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center

Energy GeoEngineering Laboratory (EGEL)


Education Profile

  • ​​​​​​​​Ph.D., Purdue University, 1987
  • M.Sc., University of Maryland, 1984
  • Civil Engineering, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, 1982​

Research Interests

Professor Santamarina explores the scientific foundations of geomaterial behavior and subsurface processes using particle-level and pore-scale experiments, combined with numerical methods and high-resolution process monitoring systems. This conceptual and experimental framework is advancing the study of phenomena and the development of solutions in energy geotechnology with contributions to: resource recovery (petroleum, methane hydrates), energy geo-storage, efficiency and conservation, and energy waste (carbon geological storage, fly ash and nuclear waste).

Selected Publications