Alumna Joins Newly Formed Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has named CEE alum Barbara Kutchko (PhD ’08) to its Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board (TAB). TAB's mission is to increase transparency and communication about regulating the unconventional oil and gas drilling industry and will be helping the DEP draft regulations for the oil and gas industry.Kutchko is a senior research scientist with the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) specializing in wellbore isolation, oil well cementing, and subsurface materials characterization. She works with oil and gas companies, government agencies, and universities to evaluate current cementing practices and research needs to ensure the safe placement of cement related to offshore drilling, shale gas production, and carbon storage. This includes leading and collaborating with teams of diverse researchers, professors, students and industry experts to plan, manage, and execute research related to energy production.