Kelsey Hunter

Hometown: Hilliard, OHDSC02195

M.S. candidate, Environmental Engineering and Water Resources, The Ohio State University, expected 2017

B.S,. Environmental and Ecological Engineering, Purdue University, 2013

Research Interests and Experience:

Investigating the gap between an energy sector that relies on fossil fuels and renewable resources may be bridged by systems that conserve resources, use closed-looped processes, and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. CO2 capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) operations inject CO2 captured from power plants into deep saline aquifers for sequestration. Through Active CO2 Reservoir Management (ACRM), the pressure of CO2 injection is managed and provides additional CO2 storage capacity by producing brine from reservoirs through enhanced water recovery (CO2-EWR). Produced brine can be treated by desalination for beneficial use and provide a source of water that could partially or fully offset water requirements by facilitating a closed-loop water source for CCUS with the potential to produce additional water for power plant cooling or other societal needs. Further, the energy of this pressurized brine can be used during the reverse osmosis process to substantially reduce the treatment costs and make CO2-EWR a feasible CO2 emission reduction technology.

Research Experience:

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) – Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship

  • Simulated CO2 injection and brine production for CO2-Enhanced Water Recovery (CO2-EWR) in the Rock Springs Uplift, WY.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) – Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI)

  • Modeled the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of natural gas for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) database.

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) – Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI)

  • Modeled the effects of permafrost and sediment on riverbank erosion on Arctic rivers in Alaska using various river erosion scenarios through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Bank Stability and Toe-Erosion Model (BSTEM).


2009, Patti S. Rowlette Scholarship

2009-2013, Purdue University Presidential Scholarship

2016 ARPAe Innovation Summit, one of 100 students nationwide selected to attend

2016 OSU Sustainable and Resilient Economy Seed Grant

2016 Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship, U.S. Department of Energy


Other Interests:

Sustainability, music, reading, movies, scuba diving, hiking



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