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The Geothermal Energy Association Highlights Next Generation of Experts on the Geothermal Web

Featured students represent the future of an industry poised for growth

Washington, DC (July 19, 2011) –This month, The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) recognizes students poised to lead the next generation of geothermal energy on the Geothermal Web, a public database connecting companies and individuals supporting, developing, and using geothermal energy.

Geothermal development in the United States is booming, and so is the need for a new generation of industry experts. Projects in advanced stages of development in Nevada, California and Utah alone have the potential to create more than 2,500 full-time positions.

“America is in need of clean, reliable, domestic sources of power, and geothermal energy has the potential to meet that need,” said GEA’s Kathy Kent. “The industry is eagerly looking for tomorrow’s shining stars that are capable of driving geothermal development into the next generation, and the Geothermal Web is proud to feature this promising group of students.”

From Stanford to Iceland, these young minds are impacting the industry beyond their years:

  • Andrew Fowler (University of California/ Davis, Calif.): Andrew is in the geology program studying for an M.S. in Geochemistry, focusing on the evolution of fluid/rock interactions in geothermal systems in Reykjanes, Iceland, and Long Valley Caldera, Calif.
  • Scott Bennett (University of California/ Davis, Calif): Scott is working on his Ph.D., focusing on the role that shearing plays in the ability to successfully rift a continent.
  • Sarah Pistone (Stanford University/ Palo Alto, Calif.): Sarah is working towards an M.S. degree in Energy Resources Engineering.
  • Mark McClure (Stanford University/ Palo Alto, Calif.): Mark is a Ph.D. student focused on modeling hydraulic stimulation in EGS.
  • Thomas Freeman (Utah State University, Logan , Utah): Thomas is working on his Master’s degree in geology and working with Project Hotspot and the Snake River Geothermal Drilling Project.
  • Rob Kenner (University of North Dakota/ Grand Forks, N. D.): Rob is an M.S. student in Geology currently conducting research on heat flow and EGS resources in Minnesota.
  • Andres Ruzo (Southern Methodist University/ Dallas, Texas): Andres is studying for a Ph.D. in Geophysics and is conducting research in energy finance.
  • Zach Frone (Southern Methodist University/ Dallas, Texas): Zach is a Ph.D. student interested in focusing his research on the development of EGS and its potential in the Eastern U.S.
  • Kelly Blake (Temple University/ Philadelphia, Penn.): Kelly recently completed her M.S. thesis on geophysical image log analysis of the Coso Geothermal Field.
  • Ryan Libbey (McGill University/ Canada): Ryan is studying for his M.S. in Earth and Planetary Sciences, working on modeling mineralization phenomena in active geothermal reservoirs from Iceland and New Zealand. He is also involved in a study related to Enhanced Geothermal Resources in the Adelaide Geosyncline, Australia.
  • Jared Peacock (University of Adelaide, Australia): Jared is working on his Ph.D. in Geophysics and is developing 4D monitoring of enhanced geothermal system fluids with magnetotellurics.
  • Sam Scott (Reykjavik Energy Graduate School of Sustainable Systems, Iceland): Sam recently completed his M. S. in Sustainable Energy, focusing on hydrothermal fluid geochemistry.
The Geothermal Web emphasizes the growth of geothermal energy as a green, renewable, sustainable energy source and brings together a public network of geothermal energy users meeting energy needs through power production, heating, cooling, and agriculture. Geothermal Web members educate consumers about the benefits of geothermal energy by showcasing geothermal opportunities and the adoption of greener practices.

The Geothermal Web is an inclusive network open to every sector of the geothermal industry and to anyone supporting the expanded use of geothermal energy. With a newly launched website at www.geothermalweb.org, members will have access to the Geothermal Web database and are entitled to use the Geothermal Web seal, issued by GEA to companies and individuals in the geothermal industry, for their support of this green energy.

From August 16-17, the GEA National Geothermal Summit will convene industry and government leaders in one of the world’s most important geothermal business centers, Reno, Nev. Summit attendees will discuss key opportunities for the geothermal energy industry, as well as challenges to its success and growth. Complimentary admission is available to college students with valid credentials, and the Summit will host a job fair connecting employers with the next generation of professionals. For more information about the Summit, please visit http://www.geo-energy.org/nationalgeothermalsummit/main.aspx.

Students who would like to be featured on the Geothermal Web can email Kathy Kent for more information.

About the Geothermal Energy Association:
The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) is a trade association composed of U.S. companies who support the expanded use of geothermal energy and are developing geothermal resources worldwide for electrical power generation and direct-heat uses. GEA advocates for public policies that will promote the development and utilization of geothermal resources, provides a forum for the industry to discuss issues and problems, encourages research and development to improve geothermal technologies, presents industry views to governmental organizations, provides assistance for the export of geothermal goods and services, compiles statistical data about the geothermal industry, and conducts education and outreach projects. For more information, please visit http://www.geo-energy.org/. Follow GEA on Twitter. Become a fan on Facebook.

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