Ellen Gilliland has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering at Virginia Tech. She is one of 27 new faculty members hired by the college for the 2017-18 academic year.

Under a joint appointment, she will also serve as an affiliated assistant professor at the GeoEnergy Research Centre at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. The joint appointment is part of the Virginia Tech and University of Nottingham’s initiative, Best with Best Alliance, designed to enable high-impact research aimed at addressing the security, supply, affordability, and sustainability of global energy resources.

Her research and professional interests include geophysical monitoring and design, seismology, carbon management (including geologic sequestration and utilization for enhanced oil/gas recovery), reservoir characterization, hydraulic fracturing, domestic and global energy policy, environmental and societal implications of energy development, and diversity in STEM fields and academia.

Gilliland joins the department after having served as a geophysics research associate at the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research from 2011 to 2016. In that role, she led the monitoring program for a $12 million carbon storage and enhanced gas recovery field project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Previously, Gilliland served as an associate geophysicist for Chesapeake Energy Corporation, a natural gas exploration and production company, from 2009 to 2011.

Gilliland earned her bachelor’s degree in geophysics from the University of Oklahoma, her master’s degree in geosciences from Virginia Tech, and her doctoral degree in mining and minerals engineering from Virginia Tech.

Written by Angelo Biviano