The Geology Department's most recent hire, Dr. Scott James, comes to us by way of Exponent Inc.'s Water Resources practice where he was a Managing Engineer. Dr. James also has a courtesy appointment with the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Before that, he was a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories for over a decade.
Dr. James specializes in environmental fluid dynamics including reactive flow and transport in surface water and groundwater systems. He has over 15 years of experience simulating reactive fluid flows in various environmental and man-made systems. He has particular expertise in radionuclide and chlorinated solvent flow and transport in groundwater and fractured rock systems. This expertise has recently extended into multiphase, multi-component, non-isothermal, non-isobaric enhanced oil recovery optimization simulations. In addition, he has extensive experience in sediments dynamics and water-quality simulations for surface water systems including lakes, rivers, estuaries, and coastal shores. His proficiency with surface water systems has extended into marine renewable energy and modeling and optimizing algae growth in open-channel raceways for biofuels production.
Dr. James has published over 45 peer-reviewed manuscripts and serves as Associate Editor to the journal Ground Water.