Carnegie Mellon University
September 17, 2013

Justice Department Commends NETL-RUA Researcher

Justice Department Commends NETL-RUA Researcher

NETL scientist Barbara Kutchko (PhD '08) has received a Certificate of Commendation for outstanding performance and invaluable assistance in support of the activities of the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice. The award recognizes Dr. Kutchko for timely and expert presentation of data obtained from samples associated with the uncontrolled release event at BP’s Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Dr. Kutchko, whose NETL-RUA background includes research on foamed cements used in deep wellbores, was selected by agreement between industry representatives and the government to serve as a third-party unbiased expert in the ongoing litigation over the catastrophe. Her group worked on a very quick turnaround—in fact, their timeline was bumped up during the course of the research, necessitating an effective, quality effort with an emphasis on efficiency. The resulting data were presented without interpretation, to be interpreted by the litigating parties.

Currently, Dr. Kutchko is a member of the Materials Characterization Division Microscopic Analysis Team at NETL.

(Article and photo reprinted with permission by NETL - Regional University Alliance)