- Bozeman, Montana
- May 29, 2019
Hello! My name is Michael Laase and I am a highly motivated entry-level geologist who is passionate about sequence stratigraphy and process sedimentology as they relate to subsurface challenges. I recently (May 4th, 2019) graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT with my B.S. in Geology. I am very interested in gaining industry experience. At some point, I anticipate advancing further to get my masters degree studying stratigraphy and sedimentology. Until then I am eager to apply and develop my skills dealing with geological problem solving and put them to use in applied, challenging work dealing in the subsurface. I have had an undergraduate career with diverse, applied research experience in both the field and lab. As an undergraduate I have excelled in independent and multi-disciplinary, team-based research; an important highlight being the work I have done with geologic carbon sequestration (DOE funded).
o Training researchers in the group to replicate my sample formatting and processing procedures including how to modify them where necessary.
o I co-designed and independently built the supercritical CO2 flow-through core reactor used to replicate subsurface conditions in the target reservoir during bench-scale injection.
o I prepared all the samples for experimental and analytical phases of this work.
o Independently, I have worked for nearly a year on experimental micro-/macro-porosity characterization. My project aims to characterize structural changes occurring to pore and fracture networks across the target reservoir facies during injection (project title below / preparing material to submit for publishing review).
o Learned how to build lab equipment with Swagelok instrumentation grade hardware.
o I learned to work with various vacuum systems, including turbomolecular vacuum pumps.