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Jeremy Boak, Director, COSTAR
Ph.D., Geological Sciences, Harvard University
Office:Berthoud 311A
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Jeremy Boak is the Director of the Center for Oil Shale Technology and Research (COSTAR) at the Colorado School of Mines, and served as the Chair or Co-Chair of the 26th through 31st Oil Shale Symposia, held at Mines in 2006-2011, and is Co-Chair of the 32nd Oil Shale Symposium (October 15-19, 2012). Approximately 300 people each year from twenty countries around the globe attend the Symposium.

COSTAR is sponsored by Total and ExxonMobil, and conducts research on the geological, geophysical and geochemical properties of oil shale, which could potentially add 400-1000 billion barrels of oil to U.S. oil reserves from the Green River Formation in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.

He is also a co-director of the recently formed Center for Advanced Petroleum Systems Analysis and Research (CAPSAR), which conducts multi-disciplinary, industry-directed research on petroleum systems such as the Bakken and Niobrara Formations. Dr. Boak is also a non-executive member of the Board of San Leon Energy, an oil and gas company located in Dublin, Ireland.

As Project Manager for the Colorado Energy Research Institute, he was responsible for Energy Workforce Development and Energy Outreach work funded by the Colorado legislature. This work involved interaction with community, junior and technical colleges in Colorado and participation in industry-government-academia task forces to increase availability of skilled workers for energy industries, including supporting the Workforce Innovation for Regional Economic Development (WIRED) program in the Denver metropolitan area.

Before coming to Mines, he was a project manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory, working on environmental restoration, pollution prevention, environmental technology development, nuclear materials management, and recovery of sealed radioactive sources. He managed projects that helped accelerate closure of the U.S. Department of Energy weapons production plant at Rocky Flats, Colorado and, as a member of the Offsite Source Recovery Program, personnally removed 75 grams of plutonium from downtown Denver.

Before Los Alamos, he was project manager for performance assessment of the deep geologic disposal of spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain in Las Vegas Nevada. He supervised the work of national laboratories and contractors producing the first comprehensive 10,000-year performance assessments of the repository. Boak served as the U.S. Department of Energy's representative to the Performance Assessment Advisory Group of the Radioactive Waste Management Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's International Energy Agency.

Dr. Boak carried out geologic investigations for exploration, extension, development, and equity determination for ARCO Oil and Gas, Inc in Anchorage, Alaska; Denver, Colorado; and Bakersfield, California. His work included exploration in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, evaluation of properties in Oklahoma and Texas, and reevaluating the equity allocation of the Long Beach Unit of the Wilmington Field.

Dr. Boak received his Ph.D. degree in Geological Sciences from Harvard University for work on the nature of metamorphism and continent formation in the earliest history of the earth, based upon work on 3.8 billion year old rock from Isua, West Greenland. He received MS degrees from Harvard and the University of Washington, and his undergraduate degree from Harvard, all in Geological Sciences.
Julie Carmen, COSTAR Librarian, CSM
MLS, Emporia State University
Office:120J ALL
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Julie Carmen is the Research Librarian for the Oil Shale Information Office, in charge of project management of the Tell Ertl Oil Shale Repository (TEOSR), located in the Arthur Lakes Library at Colorado School of Mines. Julie has a Master of Library Science with a graduate Certificate in Archives from Emporia State University. Her experience includes archival and preservation applications to special collections, processing and cataloging gifts into the oil shale repository, creating digital files and access to materials as well as public outreach for these special collections. Copyright adherence for digitization projects and the study of digitization policies are also a big part of the oil shale repository's needs.


Master of Library Science and Certificate in Archives 2009, Emporia State University
B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies in Science and Music 1991, Saint Mary of the Plains College


COSTAR Librarian, Colorado School of Mines, 2009-Present
Owner of Carmen Information Consulting, 2009-Present,
Archivist & Cataloger Consultant, Summit County Historical Society, 2008-Present
Archivist Intern, University of Colorado, 2008
Technical Services Intern, University of Colorado, 2007-2008

Personal Interests:

Herbology, Astronomy, Music, Hiking
Kevin Doran, COSTAR IT Project Coordinator, CSM; Research Professor, CU-Boulder
J.D., University of Colorado Law School
Office:307 Fleming, CU-Boulder
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Kevin Doran is the COSTAR IT Project Coordinator. He is also an Institute Fellow and Assistant Research Professor at the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), a joint institute of the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to this appointment, Professor Doran was the Senior Research Fellow to the University of Colorado at Boulder Law School's Center for Energy and Environmental Security—an interdisciplinary research and policy center which Professor Doran co-founded in 2004. Professor Doran is also the Managing Director for the Carbon Management Center (CMC), a multi-year research collaboration between the University of Colorado, NREL, the Colorado School of Mines, and Colorado State University. The primary research mission of the CMC is to develop and evaluate technologies for the capture, separation and storage of carbon dioxide in terrestrial and geologic medium.

Alan R. Carroll, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D., Geology, Stanford University
Office:482 Weeks Hall
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How are sedimentary basins created, and how do they evolve? What record do they provide of regional tectonics? How can paleoclimatic signals from be read from their deposits?

Such questions by their nature require a broad, multidisciplinary approach, including (but not limited to) the application of clastic sedimentary facies and paleocurrent analyses, sequence stratigraphy, sandstone petrography, geohistory analysis, and organic geochemistry. Several of my current projects currently involve the application of stable and radiogenic isotopes to deciphering sedimentary provenance, weathering histories, and age relationshiops. My research integrates these techniques to help elucidate processes of basin subsidence and fill as they relate to continental tectonics, regional paleoclimatic evolution, and petroleum exploration.


I teach courses in Physical Geology (100, 101), field geology (457, 459, 737), Energy Resources (411), Sedimentary Basin Analysis (530), Physical Sedimentology (630) and Workstation Interpretation (875). I also contribute to Earth Materials (203).

Departmental Responsibilities

In addition to a number of Departmental and University committees, I serve as an Associate Editor for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin.
Tim K. Lowenstein, Professor of Geology, Binghamton University
Ph.D., John Hopkins University
Office:Science 1, Room 259
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Professor of Geology
Ph.D, The Johns Hopkins University (1983)

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Graham G.W. Mustoe, Associate Professor, Engineering, CSM
Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, University College Swansea, U.K.
Office:1500 Illinois St.
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Dr. Mustoe's research interests are in the modeling of mechanical, thermo-mechanical and thermal behavior of solids and granular assemblies arising in geo-systems, bulk solids handling, materials science and engineering. He is also interested in the development of numerical simulation techniques for multi-physics problems which exhibit discontinuum and continuum behavior.

During my career in industry and academia my research area is the numerical modeling of problems that arise in the design and analysis of engineering systems related to materials and energy. This work encompasses a wide range of developments and applications of numerical techniques in the modeling of mechanical, thermo-mechanical and thermal behavior of solids and granular systems in arising in geo-systems, bulk solids handling, materials science and engineering, and high-level nuclear engineering and waste isolation. My teaching interests including engineering mechanics fundamentals and continuum mechanics and the application of computer aided engineering techniques in engineering design and analysis.
J. Frederick (Rick) Sarg, Research Professor, CSM
Ph.D., Geology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Office:BE 116
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Research Professor, Colorado School of Mines
Current teaching and research involves reservoir characterization of carbonate systems.

Department of Geology and Geological Engineering
Colorado School of Mines
1516 Illinois Street
Golden, CO 80401, USA


Ph.D, Geology, Carbonate Sedimentology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1976
M.Sc., Geology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1971
B.Sc., Geology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1969
Martin (Marty) Spann, Instructor, CSM
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