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Derek  Elsworth

Derek Elsworth

Office Address: 
231 Hosler Building
Professor of Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering

  • Rock mechanics
  • Groundwater hydrology
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Poromechanics
  • Coupled processes
  • Contaminant hydrology
  • Mining engineering
  • Petroleum engineering
  • Fracture hydrology
Courses Taught: 
  • Fluid Mechanics [EME 303]
  • Energy and Society: Energy Choices for the New Millennium [EMSc 470W - 2000]
  • Energy and Society: Industrial Revolution to Industrial Ecology [EMSc 470W - 2003]
  • Energy, Environment and Society: The "Energy" New Deal - Down Under [EMSc 470W - 2013]
  • Sustainable Energy in Scandinavia: One Region, Many Choices [EMSc 470W - 2015]
  • Sustainable Energy in New Zealand [EGEE 497] Flyer News Video - 2017 2018
  • Contaminant Hydrology [ EnvSE 408]
  • Geothermal Energy Engineering [ EME 497]
  • Engineering Physics of Energy and Geo-Environmental Systems [EGEE 500]
  • Mathematical Modeling of Energy and Geo-Environmental Systems [EGEE 520]
  • Computational Geomechanics [GeoEE 557]
  • Poromechanics [GeoEE 559]
  • Geomechanics Seminar [Fa 2015] [Sp 2016] [Sp 2017] [Fa 2017]
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering


Derek Elsworth is a professor in the Departments of Energy and Mineral Engineering and of Geosciences and the Center for Geomechanics, Geofluids, and Geohazards at Penn State. His interests are in the areas of computational mechanics, rock mechanics, and in the mechanical and transport characteristics of fractured rocks, with application to geothermal energy, the deep geological sequestration of radioactive wastes and of CO2, unconventional hydrocarbons including coal-gas, tight-gas-shales and hydrates, and instability and eruption dynamics of volcanoes.


A list of publications can be viewed here.