Geology and Geological Engineering

Dr. Kurt Katzenstein
Understanding Earth’s Dynamic Processes
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I am always looking for enthusiastic, inquisitive students who wish to investigate dynamic processes in the upper portions of earth?s crust.

Current Students:

  • David Tilley, M.S. student Reducing thermally induced fracturing in thermally sealed boreholes
  • Frank Torvik, M.S. student Investigating the role of solar incidence angle on thermal stress induced rockfall

Former Students:

  • Kathleen Grigg (M.S. 2013) SD DENR.
  • Jay Nopola (M.S. 2013) RESPEC, Inc.
  • Erik Walega (M.S. 2015) RESPEC, Inc.
  • Robert Huber (M.S. 2018) GeoStabilization International
  • Disha Gupta (M.S. 2020)
  • Carson Reimers (M.S. 2021) WSP
  • Britanny Coupe (M.S. 2021) USFS
  • Edward Anokye (M.S. 2023) Freeport McMoRan
  • John Farmer (M.S. 2023) Minnesota DENR
  • Raynor Ratchford (M.S. 2023)

contact: Dept. of Geology and Geological Engineering, 501 E. Saint Joseph St., SDSMT, Rapid City, SD 57701
phone: (605)394-2346 / email: