Areas of Expertise

Maria-Katerina Nikolinakou is currently a Research Associate at the Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, at the University of Texas at Austin. She works for the AGL and GeoFluids consortia. Maria is a Civil/Geotechnical Engineer. She received her Science Doctorate on Theoretical Soil Mechanics from MIT in 2008. She holds a M.Sc. in Geotechnical Engineering from MIT and a Civil Engineering degree from NTUA, Greece. Before joining the Jackson School, she worked for Shell Exploration and Production on Reservoir Geomechanics. Her current research topics include: - Modeling of stresses and pore pressures in sediments bounding salt bodies - Prediction of stresses and pore pressures at the crest of dipping structures - Borehole stability - Poromechanical modeling of basin sediments, including transient pore pressure dissipation - Geomechanical pore-pressure prediction - Numerical modeling in salt tectonics. Areas of Expertise: - Geotechnical Engineering - Constitutive modeling - Coupled stress-pore pressure prediction - Dipping structures - Borehole stability - Poromechanical modeling of basin sediments - Transient pore pressure dissipation - Salt Tectonics - Numerical modeling: Abaqus, ELFEN


First class of Future Leaders - American Rock Mechanics Association (2012)

Member, MIT Educational Council of Central Texas, (2013)

Organizer, Friday Seminar Series, BEG (2013)

Member, Organizing Committee, ARMA Rock Mechanics and Geomechanics Symposium, San Francisco, June 2013 (2012 - 2013)

Abaqus, 3rd Int. Geoqus Conference, Potsdam, Germany (2012)