Former Contributors

Erin Camp

Graduate Student, Ph.D. ’17 

Camp is a former graduate student who researched and modeled the sensitivity of the price of geothermal electricity to advancements in various technologies, culminating in a list of critical technologies to recommend for future research funding. She designed and implemented three data-driven renewable energy research projects on low-temperature geothermal energy exploration. 

Franklin G. Horowitz

Research Contractor, Horowitz Consulting

Horowitz studied large scale subsurface structures underneath Cornell and Ithaca through geophysical tools such as aeromagnetics and gravity studies. Earlier, for the New York – Pennsylvania – West Virginia Geothermal Play Fairway Analysis, he led the geophysical analysis of seismic risk and was an integral part of the assessment of spatial variability of thermal gradients.

Calvin Whealton

Graduate Student, M.S. ’15, Ph.D. ’17

Whealton is a former graduate student who developed data sets with which to correct raw Bottom Hole Temperature data to estimates of temperature at depth for archival borehole data in the Appalachian Basin (M.S. thesis, 2015). In his doctoral study, among other things he developed an integrated risk assessment of the potential to develop direct use heating across the Appalachian basin, inclusive of heat, reservoir quality, risk of induced seismicity, and population density. 

T. Ming Khan

B.S. ’18, Staff 2018-2019

Khan was involved in multiple assignments to characterize the geology underneath Ithaca’s campus using geophysical, remote sensing, and field observations. She worked with gravity and seismic methods, and LiDAR data to identify structures such as fractures. She also was the original manager of the Deep Geothermal Heat Research website.

Jood Al Aswad

Former Graduate Student, M.S. ’19

Al Aswad’s research as a Masters student primarily focused on evaluating the in-situ geothermal reservoir quality of the Cambro-Ordovician strata below the Knox unconformity at Cornell University. This involved the use of data from wells around Cornell University, such as well logs and cuttings, to interpolate depths, thicknesses and petrophysical qualities of the potential reservoirs.

Daniel May

B.S. ’18, Staff 2018-2019

May’s role in this project involved using the data collected during Cornell’s 2018 seismic reflection survey, as well as earlier industry surveys, in order to generate images of the geologic structures in the subsurface. These profiles continue to be used to illuminate the suitability of multiple locations on campus for geothermal test well sites.

Jared Smith

M.S. ’16; Ph.D. ’19
Smith received his M.S. based on thermal modeling of the subsurface of the Appalachian Basin. As a Ph.D. student in Environmental and Water Resources Systems Engineering, his research focused on geothermal resource assessment for the Ithaca region and Morgantown, WV. He modeled potential geothermal reservoirs for the Cornell campus.


Christopher Galantino

Former Graduate student

Galantino used a background in Environmental and Systems Engineering to conduct research in support of Earth Source Heat. His work focused on the further development and optimization of a comprehensive simulation tool that served to represent the overall performance of a future geothermal system under various technologies and configurations.


Jane Suhey


B.S. 2020, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

As a senior, Jane Suhey spent 2019-2020 helping to install and maintain the CorNET21 seismic network with Weston Geophysical Group and then wrote a report describing the results from the first 9 months of operations.



Richard W. Allmendinger

Emeritus Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Rick Allmendinger is a structural geologist focused on understanding brittle upper crustal deformation during earthquakes as well as longer-term, finite deformation. His research focuses on structural geology and tectonics, earthquake-related fracturing, structural geodesy, numerical kinematic modeling, interpretation of seismic reflection profiles, etc.



photo J. Paul

Jacob Paul

B.S. ‘19, Earth and Atmospheric Science& Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Jake Paul utilized his dual training in geological sciences and mechanical engineering in analysis of the natural brittle fractures in crystalline basement rocks exposed in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. The properties of those fracture sets at multiple spatial scales are currently the best analogue available for the plausible fracture sets in an ESH basement reservoir.



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