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Allow Us to Introduce Ourselves: Oregon State University

June 7, 2016

OSU

One of the founding members of the NEWGEN FORGE Consortium is Oregon State University (OSU), Oregon’s leading public research university and one of only two Land Grant, Sea Grant, and Space Grant institutions in the United States. Oregon State University is ranked among the nation’s best in forestry, geosciences, nuclear engineering, conservation biology, marine sciences, and agriculture. The emphasis at OSU on natural resources and its intersection with engineering and engineered natural systems lies at the heart of OSU’s mission. Our rapidly growing student population at the main campus in Corvallis and the growing Cascade Campus in Bend (which is situated near the AltaRock Bend offices and only 28 miles from the Newberry FORGE site) makes OSU uniquely qualified to serve as the academic research, education, and outreach hub for the NEWGEN FORGE site.

Oregon State University Expertise:

  • Subsurface geophysical imaging using electromagnetic, electrical, and seismic methods
  • Measuring changes in gravitational acceleration caused by subsurface density changes
  • Observing ground deformation from fixed reference points on the ground and from space-based radar systems
  • Extensive geologic mapping and sample characterization

Working with our NEWGEN colleagues, OSU will oversee geoscience operations to assure that the goals of the Department of Energy’s FORGE Program are fully realized. OSU has also proposed to operate the FORGE physical sample repository, making geologic materials (rock cores, cuttings, fluid samples) available to researchers in perpetuity. This will be a valuable national resource for projects linked to the DOE Geothermal Technologies Office while also serving as a vital national resource for the future.

OSU also directs the NEWGEN FORGE Communications and Outreach efforts. Working closely with the local community, policy makers, elected officials, the geothermal industry, and the public at large, the NEWGEN FORGE communications effort transcends mere information sharing. New curricular materials will be developed to energize the next generation of students to consider careers in geothermal technology. By leveraging OSU’s traditional strengths in developing effective outreach and engagement to groups traditionally unrepresented in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields, OSU has crafted the BADGES (Building a Diverse Geothermal Energy Sector) Program, to carefully nurture students from underrepresented groups at OSU and the other academic institutions in the NEWGEN Consortium, so they can be best positioned for successful career tracks in geothermal technology and related areas. Student opportunities will include placement in internships with NEWGEN partners companies and laboratories.

OSU is looking forward to lighting up the future with clean, abundant Enhanced Geothermal Systems energy, and plans to work closely with its partners in the exciting NEWGEN FORGE Consortium!

About the Author

Dr. Adam Schultz is a Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. He is the Director for Geosciences for the NEWGEN project, one of the Department of Energy’s FORGE sites.

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