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Richard (Dick) Plumb

Visiting Scholar
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tufts Advanced Geomaterials Laboratory

Richard Allen (Dick) Plumb

Richard (Dick) Plumb

Visiting Scholar
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tufts Advanced Geomaterials Laboratory

Phone 617-627-3211
Anderson Hall, Room 112
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
Research: 
geotechnical, soil mechanics, rock mechanics
Biography: 

Dick Plumb is a visiting scholar in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a principal consultant at Plumb Geomechanics. He has 40 years of experience in earth stress analysis and petroleum geomechanics, working in 25 countries.

Education: 
Ph.D., Geophysics, Columbia University, 1982
M.Ph., Geophysics, Columbia University, 1980
M.A.., Geology, Dartmouth College, 1974
B.A., Physics and Geology, Wesleyan University, 1971
Professional Experience: 
2016-present:

Visiting Scholar, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

2010-present:

Principal Consultant, Plumb Geomechanics, LLC

2010-2015:

Research Associate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT

1981-2010:

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  • 2007-2010: Research Advisor
  • 1996-2010: Scientific Advisor and Domain Head, Geomechanics
  • 1981-1996: Research Scientist
Research Interests: 

Dick Plumb's 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, he is collaborating with Research Professor Jack Germaine in the Tufts Advanced Geomaterials Laboratory 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.

Selected Professional Activities: 
Chairman, Membership Committee, Geomechanics Technical Section, Society of Petroleum Engineers
Professional Memberships: 
American Geophysical Union
Society of Petroleum Engineers
American Rock Mechanics Association
International Society of Rock Mechanics

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