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Patent filed for a system to protect aquifers

Trainee Achievements

Patent filed for a system to protect aquifers

IGERT trainee, Allan Haas, a Geophysics PhD Candidate had a paper published, in the Society of Exploration Geophysicists journal Geophysics in 2013, from research conducted in 2011. This laboratory research discovered that when wells leak, there is a detectable electrical signal that can be used to localize the source of the leak. From this research, it was realized that a patent would be needed to secure the intellectual property rights for a system that could protect aquifers from leaking wells. A patent application titled “Monitoring of Drinking Water Aquifers During Possible Contamination Operations,” was filed on January 28, 2013. This patent application was a direct result of the research that was published in the Geophysics article.