James was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, USA. Like his parents and sisters before him, he attended the University of Texas at Austin for his Bachelors of Science in Petroleum and Geosystems Engieering (cum laude). James returned to UT Austin and obtained his Masters of Science in the same field, focusing his research on the remediation of CO2 fractured leakage pathways in wellbore cement in CO2 sequestration fields. He enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and cooking in his free time and is a fan of all Dallas/UT sports teams.
James is now working towards his PhD at ETH Zürich, modeling the behavior of fluid flow in naturally fractured reservoirs for enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). A primary area of his research is the effect of fracture networks and fracture heterogeneities on the thermal sweep efficiency and breakthrough of fluid between injecting and producing wells. He is also interested in the effect of rock strains, both thermally and mechanically induced, on fracture aperture and transmissibility. James’ overall goal is to more accurately assess and predict the energy that can be extracted out of the rock matrix over the life of an EGS project. This is an essential task in determining the practicality of geothermal energy production using EGS in Switzerland and around the world.