Richard (Dick) Plumb
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.
Visiting Scholar, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering
Principal Consultant, Plumb Geomechanics, LLC
Research Associate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT
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- 2007-2010: Research Advisor
- 1996-2010: Scientific Advisor and Domain Head, Geomechanics
- 1981-1996: Research Scientist
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.