Ben W. Ebenhack
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Petroleum Engineering
Education: Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering, University of Wyoming, 1984; Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering, Marietta College, 1976.
Research Interests: Formation Evaluation in complex lithologies. The role of energy in development. Energy systems analysis and valuing energy systems.
Recent Publications: The Path to More Sustainable Energy Systems (book from Momentum Press, coauthored with Daniel M. Martínez) 2013. Valuing Energy Systems (Momentum Press, with Daniel Martínez) due in 2014.
Courses (Fall 2014): Formation Evaluation; Energy Systems Design; Engineering 101.
Courses (Spring 2015): Petrophysics; Energy Resources 2.
Phone: (740) 376-4547
What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?
I encourage discussion. I’d like students to read and listen — and bring forth questions.
What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?
Being able to teach Petroleum Engineering at a teaching college (which happens, as well, to be my alma mater.) I appreciate the focus on the students that we have, both in the classroom and beyond.
When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?
I do quite a bit of writing and public speaking. I think that energy is a critical issue for the world in the coming decades and want to play a role in helping people to understand its importance and to be able to make informed choices. I also enjoy working on my home and doing some woodworking.
Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?
I still like reading the pages of a book, but am trying to teach myself to read e-books (and articles and student papers).
What is your favorite location on campus and why?
I like going to the Gilman Cafeteria. I often see other faculty members there and many of my students. In spite of the typical student complaints about food, I always find plenty (perhaps too much) that I enjoy eating there.
What is your favorite Marietta College event?
I enjoy the start of recruiting season in our department. Lots of folks from industry (many MC alumni) are on campus to meet with our students — and often to visit with us.