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About Jeremy Boak

Jeremy Boak

Jeremy Boak, Ph.D., P.G.

Colorado School of Mines

Littleton, Colorado

Oil Shale Committee

Jeremy Boak, Ph.D., P.G., serves as the Chair, EMD’s Oil Shale Committee. He is the Director of the Center for Oil Shale Technology and Research (COSTAR) at the Colorado School of Mines, and served as the Chair of the 26th, 27th, 28th, and 29th Oil Shale Symposia, held at Mines in 2006-2009, and Co-Chair of the 30th Oil Shale Symposium (October 18-20, 2010). More than 300 people each year from twenty countries around the globe attend the Oil Shale Symposium. COSTAR is sponsored by Total, Shell, and ExxonMobil, and conducts research on the geological, geophysical and geochemical properties of oil shale, which could potentially add 800 billion barrels of oil to U. S oil reserves from the Green River Formation in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. He is also a co-Director of the recently formed Center for Advanced Petroleum Systems Analysis and Research (CAPSAR), which conducts multi-disciplinary, industry-directed research on petroleum systems such as the Bakken and Niobrara Formations.

As Project Manager for the Colorado Energy Research Institute, he was responsible for Energy Workforce Development and Energy Outreach work funded by the Colorado legislature. This work involved interaction with a dozen community colleges, junior colleges and technical colleges in Colorado and participation in industrial-governmental-academic task forces helping to increase the availability of skilled workers at all levels for energy industries. He also reviewed workforce development proposals for the Workforce Innovation for Regional Economic Development (WIRED) program in the Denver metropolitan area.

Before coming to Mines in 2006, he was a project manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory for eleven years, working on environmental restoration, pollution prevention, environmental technology development, nuclear materials management, and recovery of sealed radioactive sources. He managed projects that helped accelerate closure of the U. S. Department of Energy weapons production plant at Rocky Flats, Colorado and, as a member of the Offsite Source Recovery Program, personally removed 75 grams of plutonium from downtown Denver.

Before Los Alamos, he was project manager for performance assessment of the deep geologic disposal of spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain in Las Vegas Nevada. He supervised the work of five national laboratories and three major contractors working on assessment of the 10,000 year performance of the potential repository. This team produced the first comprehensive performance assessments of the repository. Boak also served as the U. S. Department of Energy’s representative to the Performance Assessment Advisory Group of the Radioactive Waste Management Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s International Energy Agency.

He also carried out geologic investigations for exploration, extension, development, and equity determination for ARCO Oil and Gas, Inc in Anchorage, Alaska; Denver, Colorado; and Bakersfield, California. His work in Alaska included exploration Alaska’s western arctic and well-site work at Prudhoe Bay and in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. In Colorado he supported evaluation of existing properties in the Oklahoma and Texas panhandle. In California, he was the geologist on a team reevaluating the equity allocation of the Long Beach Unit of the Wilmington Field. Some of his publications are:

Selected Publications

Dr Boak received his Bachelor’s degree in geology from Harvard University, a Master’s degree from Harvard and the University of Washington and a Ph. D. degree in geological sciences from Harvard University in 1983, for work on the nature of metamorphism and continent formation in the earliest history of the earth, based upon work on 3.8 billion year old rock from Isua, West Greenland. He is a member of GSA, AAPG, EMD, and the Division of Environmental Geology, American Nuclear Society.