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Rorik Peterson
Rorik Peterson has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UAF since 2003. 

He earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California San Diego in 1994.  Two years later, he earned his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder.  In 1999, he earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Chemical Engineering.  Dr. Peterson was also awarded the Marshall-Sherfield Postdoctoral Fellowship.

His current research involves modeling frost heave of soils, and the fracture of brittle materials (rock, concrete) due to ice lensing. He is also involved with numerical dispersion models for tracking volcanic ash clouds. Dr. Peterson conducts theoretical and experimental research in frost heave and geomorphological pattern formation due to spontaneous differential frost heave. Techniques include analytical stability analysis as well as scaled laboratory simulations.  He also studies wind-diesel power integration and optimization technology, and the use of energy storage to increase renewable energy penetration in small power grids. He teaches Basic Thermodynamics, Measurement and Instrumentation, Advanced Thermodynamics, and Arctic Matarials Engineering. 

His current research projects include: 1) Modeling frost heave and other phenomena associated with seasonal freezing and thawing of soils.  2) Wind Diesel Power Integration. 3) Dispersion models for tracking volcanic ash clouds.