Rick Chalaturnyk

Principal Investigator

Dr. Rick Chalaturnyk is a Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Alberta and has held the Energi Simulation Chair in Reservoir Geomechanics as well as the AITF Industry Chair in Reservoir Geomechanics for Unconventional Resources over the past 5 years. Academically and professionally, Dr. Chalaturnyk has applied geomechanics principles to improve our understanding of how hydrocarbon reservoirs behave and ensure that these resources are recovered in a safe, economic, and environmentally sustainable manner. He has created [RG]2, working primarily in the area of unconventional resource geomechanics and the geological storage of CO2 and has established four unique GeoInnovation Environments: the Geomechanical Reservoir Experimental Facility (GeoREF); the Geotechnical Centrifuge Experimental Research Facility (GeoCERF); 3D Printing of Geological Media for Reservoir Geomechanics (GeoPRINT); and the Geomechanical Reservoir Modelling Technology platform (GeoRMT).

Kevin Hodder

Research Associate

Dr. Kevin Hodder is currently a postdoctoral fellow with [RG]2, while also holding a position as an adjunct professor in Chemical and Materials Engineering. He earned his PhD in Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta, studying the microstructure and mechanical properties of 3D-printed rock from sand. With almost 10 years of experience working with 3D printers, Dr. Hodder has collaborated with many institutions and companies such as the University of Queensland, The Royal Military Academy in Belgium and Norwood Foundry. Prior to academia Dr. Hodder spent several years in the oil and gas sector performing research and development for Packers Plus Energy Services.

Sergey Ishutov

Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Sergey Ishutov is currently a postdoctoral fellow with [RG]2 - at the University of Alberta. He earned a PhD in geology at Iowa State University, with a specialization in 3D printing geological models. He has received MSc in geology from California State University Long Beach and BSc in petroleum geology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Dr. Ishutov received multiple awards and research grants from professional societies (such as American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Geological Society of America, and the Society for Petroleum Engineers) as well as industry grants to establish foundation research in 3D printing porous media and geological models. He also has work experience with major petroleum companies including ExxonMobil, Aramco, Shell, and Oxy.

Gonzalo Zambrano

Research Associate

Dr. Gonzalo Zambrano-Narvaez is currently a Research Director with [RG]2. He has multidisciplinary geo-engineering experience in the areas of reservoir geomechanics, centrifuge operation, computational fluid dynamics, and 3D printing. He is an architect of GeoPrint and GeoCERF facilities at the University of Alberta. Dr. Zambrano holds a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Alberta.