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Kevin Smart

Manager, Earth Science Section, Space Science & Engineering Division, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)

Dr. Smart is a structural geologist with extensive expertise in computational solid mechanics. His experience spans structural geology and geomechanics, nonlinear finite element analysis, field mapping, strain and microstructural analyses, and geologic fracture analysis. At SwRI, he is part of a team conducting an integrated program of structural geology and geomechanics research for the oil and gas industry, including site-specific studies in Texas, Colorado, California, Canada, and South America. His work in this area includes using geomechanical models to predict fracture distributions in hydrocarbon reservoirs, analyzing the effect of complex stress fields on borehole stability, and simulating hydraulic fracturing in mechanically stratified geologic systems with particular emphasis on unconventional resource plays. Prior to joining SwRI, Kevin was an Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma.


Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Tennessee, 1996
M.S. in Geology from the University of New Orleans, 1992
B.S. in Geology from Allegheny College, 1989