Geological Society of America names UT Arlington professor new fellow

Qinhong “Max” Hu, an associate professor of earth and environmental sciences in the UT Arlington College of Science, has been named a fellow by The Geological Society of America, an honor reserved for scientists making distinguished contributions to the geosciences.

Hu has been at UT Arlington since 2008. Prior to that, he worked at the U.S Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research specialty is in describing and exploring the processes by which fluids (air, water and hydrocarbon) move through porous and fractured porous media in the Earth, such as tight rock formations.

Hu has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous other works focused on resources management, environmental remediation and waste isolation. He is currently the principal investigator on $625,000 in grants to study fracture-matrix interaction in gas recovery in North Texas’ Barnett Shale.

Hu also lead a project to study physics and uranium geochemistry in sediments related to the Hanford 300 Area in Washington, an area contaminated by years of nuclear weapon development and manufacturing.

"Dr. Hu's world-class efforts to advance earth science are evidenced by an impressive history of publications, presentations, funding and professional honors, " said Pamela Jansma, dean of the UT Arlington College of Science. "As a newly-named fellow, he will undoubtedly continue these contributions in the years to come."

The Geological Society of America (GSA) is a global professional society with a growing membership of more than 25,000 individuals in 107 countries.

Hu was one of 63 fellows named this spring at the Geological Society’s Council meeting. He will be formally recognized at the Society’s yearly meeting in October in Denver, Colo.

Hu is an example of the outstanding faculty at UT Arlington, a comprehensive research institution of about 33,800 students and more than 2,200 faculty members in the heart of North Texas. Visit to learn more.

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