ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - One of the world's leading scientific experts on hydrofracking will discuss the social, economic and environmental consequences of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas extraction (hydrofracking) in a March 25 program at St. Bonaventure University.
Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, the Dwight C. Baum professor of Engineering and the Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow at Cornell University, will speak in Dresser Auditorium of the John J. Murphy Professional Building on campus at 7 p.m. The program is is free and open to the public.
Ingraffea has given several speeches and has testified in court about his science-based reasons for opposing fracking. His research centers on computer simulation and physical testing of complex fracturing processes.
“Students should take the opportunity to attend the speech to not only learn about hydrofracking, but to also learn how they will be effected by the results,” said Dr. Chris Stanley, professor of theology at St. Bonaventure.
Ingraffea’s research centers on computer simulation and physical testing of complex fracturing processes. He and his students performed pioneering research in the use of interactive computer graphics in computational mechanics, producing more than 200 papers in these areas. He has been a principal investigator on more than $35 million in research and development projects from a variety of government agencies and private corporations.
Ingraffea was a member of the first group of Presidential Young Investigators named by the National Science Foundation in 1984. His group won a NASA Group Achievement Award in 1996 and a NASA Aviation Safety Turning Goals into Reality Award in 1999 for its work on the aging aircraft problem.
St. Bonaventure’s Visiting Scholars Committee, College Democrats and Tread Lightly (the student environment club) are sponsoring Ingraffea’s visit.