Research Contributors

About Our Team

Cornell’s deep geothermal heat research team is composed of faculty, staff and graduate students across various disciplines, whose combined backgrounds and expertise support several collaborative projects. Follow the researcher’s personal websites to learn more about them. 

Jefferson W. Tester

Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University Chief Scientist for Earth Source Heat 
Tester is the Croll Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems and Chief Scientist for Earth Source Heat. His research focuses on improving the technical and economic performance of ESH reservoir and drilling systems.

Teresa E. Jordan

Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Jordan’s Earth Source Heat research centers on documentation of geological materials and conditions below and around the Cornell campus. She led a Play Fairway Analysis of the spatial variability of conditions favorable to direct use geothermal plays in the Appalachian Basin portions of New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Steve Beyers

University Facilities Staff
Beyers leads a small group of civil and environmental engineering professionals looking to bring sustainability to practical use at Cornell. He provides technical and project management support for the Earth Source Heating project. He has previously served as project manager for the original Climate Action Plan and has provided technical support for Cornell’s NYC Tech campus geothermal and solar projects, and the Combined Heat and Power project. 

J. Olaf Gustafson

University Facilities Staff
Gustafson is a geologist in the Civil & Environmental group within Facilities Engineering who is committed to supporting geothermal energy projects. He has been deeply involved with planning and execution of the NYC Tech campus geothermal heating and cooling system and the proposed Earth Source Heat deep geothermal project. He strives to promote greater collaboration between the academic research and facilities operations portions of the University.

Jacob Paul

Graduating senior, Fall 2019
Jake Paul is utilizing 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.

Nicolás Rangel Jurado

M.S. Graduate Program
First year graduate student Rangel Jurado brings geological and business training to graduate research in support of Earth Source Heat. His initial Cornell research focuses on better characterization of the potential reservoir rocks.

Richard W. Allmendinger

Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
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.


Larry D. Brown

Brown is the Sidney Kaufman Professor in Geophysics. His research focuses on the application of multichannel seismic reflection methods for the exploration of the continental lithosphere.


Franklin G. Horowitz

Research Contractor, Horowitz Consulting
Horowitz is involved in studying large scale subsurface structures underneath Cornell and Ithaca through geophysical tools such as aeromagnetics and gravity studies. 

Lauren McLeod

Graduate Student
McLeod is a Ph.D. candidate in Physics, whose research focus is seismology. She has analyzed the seismic activity recorded during a one year deployment of seismometers, during 2015, in the region around Ithaca.


Matthew Pritchard

Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Pritchard is a geophysicist who measures changes in the shape of the Earth using the satellite-based InSAR technique (among others) and develops models of the myriad natural and human processes that cause these changes including: earthquakes, volcanoes, groundwater, energy production, landslides, and glaciers.

Christopher Galantino

Graduate student

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

Jane Suhey

Student, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Jane Suhey was a senior in EAS who spent 1 year (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.

Former Contributors

Click this link to learn more about individuals who have worked on Deep Geothermal Heat research in the past. 

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