The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has named an IUP Geoscience Department graduate, Barbara (Osgood) Kutchko, as one of nine members on a new advisory board that will help draft regulations for the oil and gas industry. The five voting members of the Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board are chosen by the governor, with four other nonvoting members (including Kutchko) selected by the DEP to provide them with technical guidance and professional expertise.
Kutchko graduated from IUP in 1997 with a degree in Environmental Geoscience. After working on microscopic characterization of surface and subsurface materials in the environmental consulting industry, she went on to earn her master’s degree in geology at the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering program.
Kutchko is currently employed by the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory near Pittsburgh, where her specialty is wellbore isolation, oil well cementing, and subsurface materials characterization. She works with oil and gas companies, government agencies, and universities to evaluate current cementing practices and research needs to ensure the safe placement of cement related to offshore drilling, shale gas production, and carbon storage.
Department of Geoscience