Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

John Foster

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Associate Professor

Phone: (512) 471-6972
Office: CPE 3.108

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Research Areas: Rock Mechanics; Fundamental Processes; Natural Gas Engineering; Unconventional Resources

Educational Qualifications:

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University, 2002

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University, 2004

Ph.D., Purdue University University, 2009

PGE Courses:

PGE 383 – Advanced Geomechanics

PGE 334 - Reservoir Geomechanics


Before joining the UT PGE faculty in August of 2014, Dr. Foster was most recently a faculty member at UTSA and prior to that was a senior member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories where he worked for seven years. His research interests are in experimental and computational geomechanics and multi-scale modeling with applications to well completions, lost circulation, hydraulic fracturing, and anomalous flow in porous media. Additionally, he has interest in fundamental theoretical advancement of the peridynamic theory of solid mechanics.

Awards & Honors:

2013 AFOSR Young Investigator Award

`40 under 40’ San Antonio Business Journal

Highlighted Publications and Google Scholar Profile:

H. Ouchi, J.R. York, A. Katiyar, J.T. Foster, and M.M. Sharma. A peridynamics model of fully-coupled porous flow and geomechanics for hydraulic fracturing. Computational Mechanics, Accepted. doi:10.1007/s00466-015-1123-8.

H. Ouchi, A. Katiyar, J.T. Foster, and M.M. Sharma. A Peridynamics Model for the Propagation of Hydraulic Fractures in Heterogeneous, Natrually Fractured Reservoirs. In SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference, number SPE-173361-MS. Society of Petroleum Engineers, February 2015. doi:10.2118/173361-MS

M. Bessa, J.T. Foster, T. Belytschko, and W.K. Liu. A meshfree unification: Reproducing kernel peridynamics. Computational Mechanics, 53(6):1251–1264, 2014. doi:10.1007/s00466-013-0969-x.

A. Katiyar, J.T. Foster, H. Ouchi, and M.M. Sharma. A peridynamic formulation of pressure driven convective fluid transport in porous media. Journal of Computational Physics, 261:209–229, March 2014. doi:10.1016/