The University Research Showcase will feature the regional universities and colleges whose students will showcase groundbreaking studies, projects and research surrounding the natural gas industry. Over the past ten years, in collaboration with higher education, the industry has evolved utilizing new innovations and technologies. The Showcase will be a destination for students, faculty and professionals to discuss cutting edge advancements and the future of the natural gas industry.

During the dates and times listed below, students and faculty will showcase their industry specific studies, projects and research. Attendees are encouraged to visit the showcase, engage with the students and learn more about these excellent topics.


Mohamed El sgher, West Virginia University
The Impact of Stress Shadowing and Geomechanical Effects on Gas Production from Marcellus Shale

October 24, 8:30 am – 9:30 am


Sara Farhangdoost, West Virginia University
Natural Gas Price Forecasting in Shale Gas Exploitation Era

October 23, 10:25 am – 11:00 am
October 24, 8:30 am – 9:30 am


Nicholas Ferry, University of Cincinnati
Using Landscape Evolution Modeling to Evaluate Potential for Buried Mega-Landslide Reservoir Units within the Basin and Range, Western USA

October 23, 10:25 am – 11:00 am
October 24, 8:30 am – 9:30 am


Dion Furfaro, Penn State University
A Comparison of Water Use and Production for the Utica/Pt. Pleasant and Marcellus Formation Shales

October 23, 10:25 am – 11:00 am


Alen Gusa, University of Pittsburgh
Control of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) in Produced Water by Inorganic Sorbents

October 24, 8:30 am – 9:30 am


Kuan-Ming Huang, West Virginia University
Do Exploitations of Marcellus and Utica Shale Formations Improve Regional Economy in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia? A Synthetic Control Analysis

October 24, 8:30 am – 9:30 am


Quaid Khan Jadoon, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Comparative study of Gas Shale of Permian Murteree Shale in Cooper Basin – Australia and Jurassic Datta Shale of Upper Indus Basin – Pakistan

October 24, 8:30 am – 9:30 am


Adam Jones, University of Cincinnati
Sediment Routing and Provenance of Shallow to Deep Marine Sandstones in the Late Paleozoic Oquirrh Basin, Utah

October 23, 10:25 am – 11:00 am


Mina Karimi, Carnegie Mellon University
Forecasting Induced Seismicity by Integrating Physics-based Models with Machine Learning

October 23, 10:25 am – 11:00 am


Qiao Lu, University of Pittsburgh
Combined Impact of Stress and Structure on Hydraulic Fracture Height Growth

October 24, 8:30 am – 9:30 am


Rachel Michaels, West Virginia University
Dynamic Microbial Responses to Produced Water Suggest Unconventional Oil and Gas Development May Alter Ecosystem Function in Freshwater Streams

October 24, 8:30 am – 9:30 am


Eugene Morgan, Penn State University
Combining Decline-Curve Analysis and Geostatistics To Forecast Gas Production in the Marcellus Shale

October 23, 10:25 am – 11:00 am


Arash Dahi Taleghani, Penn State University
Completion of Stacked Plays; A Solution for Sustainable Shale Gas Production in Pennsylvania

October 23, 10:25 am – 11:00 am


Hui Wang, University of Dayton
Bayesian Machine Learning for Geological Modeling and Geophysical interpretations

October 24, 8:30 am – 9:30 am


David Yoxtheimer, Penn State University
Forecasting Brine Treatment and Disposal Volumes in the Marcellus and Utica/Pt. Pleasant Plays

October 23, 10:25 am – 11:00 am


Fengyuan Zhang, Penn State University
Characterization of Hydraulic Fractures During Flowback Using Rate Transient Analysis

October 23, 10:25 am – 11:00 am


Xiang Zhao, Penn State University
Innovative High-resolution Reservoir Modeling for Improved Well Planning and Increased Recovery

October 23, 10:25 am – 11:00 am