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Sally M. Benson
GCEP Director, Stanford University
Professor, Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University
Benson Lab: http://pangea.stanford.edu/research/bensonlab/
Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
Stanford Fellow 2009-2011
Benson is director of GCEP at Stanford University. She is also a professor of energy resources engineering in Stanford's School of Earth Sciences and a lead principal investigator on the GCEP research program entitled, Multiphase Flow of CO2 and Water in Reservoir Rocks. She also leads the GCEP energy systems analysis team.
Benson is a member of the American Geophysical Union, Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. In 2012, she received the Greenman Award from the IEA Greenhouse Gas Programme.
A groundwater hydrologist and reservoir engineer, Benson has conducted research to address a broad range of issues. Over the past 15 years, she has studied how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by capturing CO2 from power plants and pumping it into deep underground formations for permanent sequestration as a means of climate change mitigation. Her research interests also include energy systems analysis.
Benson was a convening lead author of the 2012 Global Energy Assessment and a coordinating lead author on the 2005 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on CO2 capture and storage.
She received a B.A. in geology from Barnard College at Columbia University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in materials science and mineral engineering from the University of California-Berkeley.
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