Specialized skills: Numerical/computer modeling of geologic processes with emphasis on finite element and finite difference analyses.
Geomechanical analysis of rock deformation.
Theoretical analysis of mechanical deformation of solids and fluid flow though porous media.
Expertise with various software packages for spreadsheets, databases, graphics and word processing for both IBM and Apple operating systems including MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), dBase, Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, and GMT Mapping Tools.
Research Associate September 2008 to May 2009Texas A&M University - College Station, TX
Finite element modeling of basement perturbations in the sequential development of thrust.
ramps in fold and thrust belts.
December 2006 to August 2008BJ Services Co - Tomball, TX
Geomechanical modeling of oil/gas well design.
Computer and numerical modeling of reservoir stresses and the relation between stress/strain behavior on proposed well design.
This was done by incorporating reservoir material properties such as strength, permeability and porosity in conjunction with well casing, cement and mud material properties.
Research Associate January 2003 to June 2003Texas A&M University - College Station, TX
Utilized the finite element model developed by Los Alamos National Labs (LANL) to study.
fluid flow through a faulted terrain.
Initiated a study incorporating plasticity theory into an.
existing elasticity model that dealt with fault tip interactions.
Research/Teaching Assistant August 1992 to December 2002Texas A&M University - College Station, TX
Geologist/Physical Scientist May 1990 to July 1992UEC Environmental Systems - Pittsburgh, PA
Site supervision of subcontractors, soil and groundwater analysis, and report preparation for underground storage tank (UST) removal sites and steel plant facilities; preparation of Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) reports of atmospheric discharge of toxic chemicals at steel facilities; Phase I environmental impact studies for real estate transfers including budget preparation and supervision.
August 1989 to May 1990Geologist, Groundwater Technology, Inc - Warrendale, PA
Site supervision of subcontractors, soil and groundwater analysis, and report preparation for.
UST removal sites and other environmentally hazardous sites.
Responsibilities also included budget.
supervision for individual sites.
March 1989 to August 1989U.S. Bureau of Mines, Pittsburgh - PA
Responsibilities included magnetic and electrical conductivity surveys.
I also provided.
laboratory assistance in determining the shear strength of grouted and un-grouted strip mine tailings in.
a study to evaluate the feasibility of slope stabilization to prevent landslides of these materials.
Research for my dissertation topic, "The effect of mechanical stratigraphy.
on ramp initiation and spacing in foreland fold and thrust belts".
The study utilized a finite element.
model employing plasticity theory for predicting location and sequential development of thrust sheets in an evolving fold and thrust belt.
Several semesters work outside my research topic included finite difference modeling of fluid and thermal flow in a deforming stratigraphic terrain and a finite difference study of the effects of stratigraphic anisotropy on fluid flow through dipping strata.
I also co-taught seminar on "Hydrotectonics" with my PhD advisor, David Wiltschko (Fall semester, 1996).
Physical Geology lab supervision for both undergraduate majors and.
non-majors and Structure & Tectonics for geology and petroleum engineering majors.
Ph.D : Geology, 2002Texas A&M University - College Station, TX.Geology
M.S : Geology, 1987University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, PAGeology
B.S : Geology, 1983University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, PAGeology
Refereed journals: Panian, J., and D.V. Wiltschko, 2007, The effect of mechanical stratigraphy on thrust ramp evolution in foreland fold-and-thrust belts, Journal of Geophysical Research, conditional acceptance 5/07. Panian, J., and D.V. Wiltschko, 2007, Ramp formation and spacing in a homogeneous thrust wedge, Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 112, B05417. Panian, J., and D.V. Wiltschko, 2004, Ramp initiation in a thrust ramp, Nature, v. 427, no. 6975, p. 624-627. Panian, J., and W.L. Pilant, 1990, A possible explanation for foreland fold and thrust propagation, Journal of Geophysical Research. v. 95, pp. 8607-8615. Technical journals: Jordan, A., J. Panian and R. Maharidge, 2007, Modeling advances ER openhole horizontal gravel packing, Journal of Petroleum Technology, v. 59, no. 9, pp 26-30. Abstracts: Wiltschko, D. V., F. Rodriguez-Roa, and J. Panian, 2009, Role of pre-existing normal faults in controlling thrust ramp locations: An example from the Southern Taiwan orogen, AAPG Annual Meeting. Wiltschko, D. V., F. Rodriguez-Roa, and J. Panian, 2006, Kinematic and modeling constraints on the transition from accretion to collision in southern Taiwan, GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 39, no. 6. Panian, J., and D.V. Wiltschko, 2002, Numerical analysis of the earliest stages of ramp initiation in fold and thrust belts, Fall Meet. Suppl., EOS Trans. AGU, 83(47). Panian, J., and D.V. Wiltschko, 2001, Mechanics of Ramp Initiation and Ramp Spacing in fold and thrust belts, Fall Meet. Suppl., EOS Trans. AGU, 82(47). Panian, J., and D.V. Wiltschko, 1998, Effects of normal faulted basement on the mechanics of fold and thrust belts, A finite element analysis, Fall Meet. Suppl., EOS Trans. AGU, 79(45), p. 843. Panian, J., and D.V. Wiltschko, 1998, Ramp localization in a mechanically layered wedge: Results from finite element modeling, Spring Meet. Suppl., EOS Trans. AGU, 79(17), p. 347. Panian, J., and W.L. Pilant, 1987, A possible explanation for foreland fold and thrust propagation, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 19, p. 799.