Will BeattieStudent Research Spotlight - Will Beattie

Will Beattie won the Undergraduate Research Award for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering for his poster presentation during the virtual 2021 Auburn Research: Student Symposium.

Name: Will Beattie
Hometown:  The Woodlands, Texas
Major and degree: Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering
Minor: Sustainability Studies
College: Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Class year: Senior
Faculty mentor: Lauren Beckingham

CO2 Storage in Geological Formation: Pore Network Properties and Permeability



What are you researching?
My research is helping evaluate the feasibility of carbon dioxide, or CO2, storage in sandstone rock formations. In this form of carbon sequestration, CO2 is injected into a porous aquifer where chemical and physical reactions will occur. I look at how the rock changes due to these reactions in order to determine the longevity and consequences of this method of carbon storage.

How could the results benefit individuals, agencies or companies?
In the future, everyone will be increasingly affected by climate change. Carbon storage is a potential piece of the solution to the climate crisis. My research will help determine how governments, companies and people can use rock formations to store CO2 and assist in combating climate change.

Tell us why you enjoy research.
I enjoy research because it allows me to use my love of math and science for the bigger picture of helping make the world a better place. In addition, Dr. Lauren Beckingham challenges me to utilize what I've learned at Auburn in different ways to solve new problems. Finally, I enjoy how I can use creative approaches in research to solve problems that are often more open-ended than assignments that I see in the classroom.

What advice would you give to other students considering doing a research project?
Do it. Research is a wonderful way to learn more about subjects you are interested in, make an impact, get experience to help find internships and bond with the great faculty we have at Auburn. I wholeheartedly recommend that any interested students should reach out to a professor to talk about doing research.

Tell us about any hobbies or activities you enjoy.
I enjoy spending time with friends outdoors by camping, hiking and fly fishing.


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