Geology and Geological Engineering

Dr. Larry Stetler
Geological Engineering: Surface Processes, River Mechanics,
Geotechnical Engineering, Sedimentation
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Graduate Student Research

Currently, I am major professor for 2 PhD students.

Current Students:

  • Kyle Hazelwood, Geol PhD student:  The non-equilibrium landscape and associated White River deposits of the Black Hills, South Dakota.

  • Scyller Borglum, GeoE PhD student:   Exact title currently undefined.  Geomechanical Properties of Reservoir Rock with Implecations to Production Scenarios.

Former Students (Graduated 2012-Present):

  • Dr. Michelle Ozarowski (PhD, GeoE 2014)  Haliburton, Houston, TX.  Global Resources Evaluation.
  • Dr. Yodit Asmare (PhD, GeoE 2014)  RESPEC, INC, Rapid City, SD.  Geotechnical Engineer
  • Dr. Henok Tiruneh (PhD, GeoE 2014)  Freeport MacMoran Copper and Gold, Morenci, AZ.  Geotechnical Engineer
  • Mingwei Zhang (MS, GeoE 2013)  Geotechnical Engineer, returned to China in 2013
  • Meeraph Amare (MS, GeoE 2013)  Geotechnical Engineer, returned to Ethiopia in 2013
  • Karl Koth (MS, GeoE 2012)  U.S. Geological Survey, South Dakota Water Resources Center, Rapid City, SD.  Geophysics

Prospective Students

Students interested in MS or PhD-level research in various geological engineering or geology fields are encouraged to contact me with information of your interests.  Admissions criteria are located on the SDSMT and the Department webpages.  Currently, I am working in the following areas:
  • Hydrogeology and Geomechanical Properties of Pre-Cambrian Aquifers
  • Erionite Occurrences in Western South Dakota
  • Sedimentological and Geomechanical Properties of Shale
  • Mineral Occurences for Industrial Uses in South Dakota
  • Erosion Proceeses
  • LiDAR and Photogrammetry

       Structural Data from Surf                         Erosion at Badlands Nat Park

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contact: Dept. of Geology and Geological Engineering, 501 E. Saint Joseph St., SDSMT, Rapid City, SD 57701
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