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Distinguished Professor, Department of Civil Engineering

The University of New Mexico 


BS – Mining Engineering – University of Wisconsin

MS – Mining Engineering – University of Arizona

PhD – Geological Engineering – University of Arizona 

Business/Research Background

Dr. Stormont received his B.S. in mining engineering from the University of Wisconsin, his M.S. in mining engineering from the University of Arizona, and his Ph.D. in geological engineering from the University of Arizona. Previously, he was a research scientist and engineer at Sandia National Laboratories. In 1995, he joined the UNM Department of Civil Engineering.

A former chair of the department, Dr. Stormont teaches courses in unsaturated zone hydrology, soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering, waste containment technologies, and civil engineering design. 

Particular Knowledge and Skills

He is actively working in the areas of saturated and unsaturated flow through soil and rock. His experience includes field and laboratory measurements of hydraulic properties and behavior, as well as numerical simulations of near-surface processes including evapotranspiration, infiltration, drainage, and erosion. Dr. Stormont is also investigating the use of nanomaterials to improve wellbore sealing for CO2 sequestration, hydraulic fracturing and other applications.

Dr. Stormont’s many awards and recognitions include the Special Service Award from New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers; the Stamm Endowed Lectureship for Outstanding Faculty Member of the Department of Civil Engineering; the Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award from the UNM School of Engineering; and the Young Researcher Award for Outstanding Contribution to Constitutive Model Applications from the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics.

He is a member of the UNM School of Engineering’s Center for Water and the Environment, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and is a registered civil engineer in the state of New Mexico.

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