Steven Sobolik

/Steven Sobolik
Steven Sobolik

Steven Sobolik

Principal Member of the Technical Staff



Email: srsobol@sandia.gov
Phone: (505) 844-1131

Biography

Steven Sobolik is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He is a mechanical engineer by degree, obtaining his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Texas A&M University.  He began his career at Sandia in 1984, performing high-velocity impact tests at the Sandia rocket sled track.  Since 1995 he has specialized in computational and experimental geomechanics, applied to rad­ioactive waste repository projects such as the Yucca Mountain Project and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP); underground oil storage caverns in salt formations for the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR); CO2 sequestration, wellbore integrity, and other underground storage and geomechanical projects.  He has authored or co-authored numerous papers on the mechanics of salt as they relate to the storage of oil, gas, and radioactive waste, and is a frequent presenter at international conferences on rock and salt mechanics.  He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Rock Mechanics Association, the American Geophysical Union, and the Solution Mining Research Institute.

Expertise

computational and experimental geomechanics, underground oil storage caverns, CO2 Sequestration, wellbore integrity 

Education

Texas A&M University

MS, Mechanical Engineering, 

Texas A&M University BS, Mechanical Engineering,

Professional Affiliations

 the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Rock Mechanics Association, the American Geophysical Union, and the Solution Mining Research Institute