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112 Anderson Hall
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Tel: 617.627.3211
Fax: 617.627.3994
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Richard Allen (Dick) Plumb
Visiting Scholar, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


1982 Ph.D. Columbia University, Geophysics
1980 M.Ph. Columbia University, Geophysics
1974 A.M. Dartmouth College, Geology
1971 B.A. Wesleyan University, Physics/Geology

Research Interests

My primary research interest is to understand and predict how rocks deform in response to loads imposed by drilling and extracting fluids from reservoirs located deep in sedimentary basins. Currently, I am collaborating with Research Professor Jack Germaine, Tufts Advanced Geomaterials Laboratory (TAG Lab) to better understand relationships between anisotropic mechanical properties, mineral composition and texture of clay-rich soils as they evolve during consolidation to high effective stresses, research that spans the domains of soil mechanics and rock mechanics. I want to work with students to help them communicate their research results to both the soil and rock mechanics disciplines.  

Professional Positions

2016- Visiting Scholar, Tufts School of Engineering, CEE
2010- Principal Consultant Plumb Geomechanics, LLC
2010-2015 Research Associate, CEE, MIT
2007-2010 Research Advisor, Schlumberger Data Services
1996-2010 Scientific Advisor and Domain Head, Geomechanics, Schlumberger
1981-1996 Research Scientist, Schlumberger

Service Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers, Chairman Membership Committee, Geomechanics Technical Section
  • American Rock Mechanics Association
  • International Society of Rock Mechanics