Yi Fang

Yi  Fang
Research Associate, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences

Office: ROC
Mailcode: C1160

Yi Fang is a geoscientist as well as a geoengineer. He joined the Institute for Geophysics in Jackson School of Geosciences as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Nov 2017. In 2011 and 2013, he earned his B.E. degree in Civil Engineering from China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) and his M.S. degree in Geology from California State University, Long Beach respectively. In late 2017, he received his Ph.D. degree in Energy and Mineral Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.

Yi has strong research interests in the areas of geomechanics and geofluids with application to subsurface energy and mineral resources characterization and recovery, waste storage and disposal, geohazards mitigation, and environmental remediation. During his Ph.D. program at Penn State, he worked with Dr. Derek Elsworth, focusing on research topics such as fluid injection-induced microearthquakes, fault stability, and fluid flow in fractured reservoirs. As a postdoc scholar at UT, he is working with Dr. Peter Flemings, focusing on advancing our knowledge of how gas hydrate system forms, the role of gas hydrate in the carbon cycle, its potential to contribute to climate change and geohazards, and how we might produce these deposits economically and environmentally. To this end, Yi applies multiple experimental methods to explore hydrological properties and mechanical behaviors of gas hydrate-bearing pressure cores retrieved from the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Areas of Expertise

Geomechanics, Geofluids, Geothermal Energy, Gas Hydrate, Geological Carbon Sequestration

Current Research Programs & Projects

The Genesis of Methane Hydrate in Coarse-Grained Systems: Northern Gulf of Mexico Slope (GOM^2) ( view )

Rocha Medal (Runner Up) - International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (2020)

Elected Future Leader - American Rock Mechanics Association (2018)

SPE Outstanding Technical Editor Award - Society of Petroleum Engineers (2017)

SedHeat Student Scholarship - SedHeat Workshop - Unlocking the Energy Elephant, Salt Lake City (2017)

Outstanding Reviewer - International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control; Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering; Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering (2016)

Associate Member - Sigma Xi (2014)

Member - The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (2013)

Student Travel Grant - Geological Society of America (2013)

Student Research Grant - Geological Society of America (2012 - 2013)

Carl W. Johnson-Bert Conrey Graduate Fellowship - The Carl W. Johnson Foundation & Department of Geological Sciences, CSULB (2011 - 2013)

Academician Scholarship of Chinese Academy of Sciences - China University of Geosciences, Wuhan (2011)

Petrochina Jilin Oilfield Outstanding Student Scholarship - Petrochina Jilin Oilfield Company & China University of Geosciences, Wuhan (2010)

Sr. Advisor, ARMA UT Student Chapter (2019)