The Center for Geomechanics, Geofluids, and Geohazards (G3) crosses departmental boundaries and integrates current activities in rock and fluid physics. Earthquake nucleation and recurrence, the triggering and timing of volcanic eruptions, the dynamics of ice sheets, the fate and transport of contaminants in groundwater, and the generation of submarine landslides are all influenced by the interaction of rocks and fluids.
Understanding these relationships is a key component of our ability to predict natural disasters, protect and recover potable water, and to provide safe storage and long term stewardship of related industrial products and wastes.
Funded opportunities leading to Ph.D. degrees in Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering, and in Geosciences are now available through G3. By integrating activities in rock and fluid physics through laboratory experimentation, field observation, and theoretical analysis, a Penn State degree earned through G3 prepares you for a rewarding career in academics, government or industry. Our graduates are in high-demand both for competitive faculty positions and lucrative, interdisciplinary industry jobs.