Energy Sector

Dr. Alissa A. Henza

Alissa A. Henza is a structural geologist and petroleum exploration geoscientist. She earned a BS, Cum Laude in Science of Earth Systems from Cornell University in 2003. She received a MSc (2006) and a PhD (2009) from Rutgers University. For her dissertation, Alissa worked with Drs. Martha Withjack and Roy Schlische on physical modeling of multiphase extensional systems, investigating the role that a pre-existing fault fabric has on the development of new normal faults. This work, and the... Dr. Alissa A. Henza


Monica Norton Mouallem

Monica Norton Mouallem graduated from Rutgers University in May 2019 with a Masters in Science degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences. Her research focused on hydrogeology under the supervision of her advisor, Dr. Gail Ashley, and committee members, Dr. Ying Fan Reinfelder, and Dr. Christopher Lepre. Her thesis focused on better understanding modern and ancient hydrogeologic features, namely springs and wetlands. Her research involved two separate, but connected, parts: developing a... Monica Norton Mouallem

Research & Academics

Dr. Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce

Cynthia M. Liutkus-Pierce is a sedimentologist and paleoenvironmental scientist.  She earned a BA in Geology from Bucknell University, and received a MSc (2000) and PhD (2005) in Geological Sciences from Rutgers University, supervised by Gail M. Ashley (MSc) and Jim Wright (PhD).  She is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Appalachian State University in the mountains of western NC.  From 2018-2021 she served as the Director of the... Dr. Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce