Mountain West Water Institute Affiliated Researchers

MWWI has compiled brief bios of its researchers to promote collaboration between institutions. Currently Idaho National Laboratory researchers are the only researchers available in the system but it is anticipated that other MWWI affiliated researchers will be added to the system at a later time. Researcher can be searched by institution or by name. Information for each researcher includes:

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  • Research Interests
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Rob Podgorney
Idaho National Laboratory

Dr. Robert Podgorney is a senior scientist at the Idaho National Laboratory and an affiliate faculty member with the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, a public–private research partnership between the Idaho National Laboratory and Idaho public research universities. He received a B.S. degree in Geology from University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown and a M.S. degree Hydrogeology from Wright State University, and obtained a doctorate degree in geology at the University of Idaho, focusing his dissertation on episodic and unstable flow in unsaturated rock. 

He is currently acting as the INL lead for geothermal reservoir engineering research while focusing on the development of a fully coupled hydro-thermal-mechanical reservoir simulator for modeling discrete hydraulic stimulation (fracturing) within reservoir scale (continuum) models, with targeted applications for simulating conventional and enhanced geothermal systems.


Dr. Podgorney has served as a guest editor for several scientific journals and has chaired water and energy related sessions at national/international symposiums and meetings. He has authored/co-authored a number of papers and presentations on multiphase fluid flow, energy transport, and numerical modeling and has recognized expertise in a number of multiphase flow and reactive transport simulation codes, most notably TOUGH2, TOUGHREACT, and MODFLOW, in addition to leading the development of INL's state of the art reservoir simulator FALCON. He has been recently appointed to serve as the United States Convenor to the Reservoir Modeling Working Group of the International Partnership for Geothermal Technology.

Water-Related Research Interests

His research interests generally center on water and energy related issues, focusing on experimental, numerical, and analytical investigations of fluid flow in fractures and fracture networks and integration of these subgrid scale processes into large-scale numerical simulations. Specific topics include:

  • Reservoir modeling of supercritical carbon dioxide injection into geologic media
  • Examining leakage pathways and permeability dependency for CO2 distribution
  • Multiphase fluid flow in fractures and fracture networks


Publications and Activities

Accomplishments

1Dr. Podgorney has served as a guest editor for several scientific journals and has chaired water and energy related sessions at national/international symposiums and meetings. He has authored/co-authored a number of papers and presentations on multiphase fluid flow, energy transport, and numerical modeling and has recognized expertise in a number of multiphase flow and reactive transport simulation codes, most notably TOUGH2, TOUGHREACT, and MODFLOW, in addition to leading the development of INLs state of the art reservoir simulator FALCON. He has been recently appointed to serve as the United States Convenor to the Reservoir Modeling Working Group of the International Partnership for Geothermal Technology.