Faculty Advisor

Fofana, Mustapha S.

Faculty Advisor

Rosenstock, Joshua

Project Center

Washington, DC


Natural gas extracted from shale formations is one of the fastest growing sources of energy in the United States. Our IQP analyzes public data regarding regulatory violations related to the casing and cementing of shale gas extraction wells in the state of Pennsylvania. Computer based data analysis programs including Microsoft Excel and MATLAB were used to generate visual representations of the data, which allowed our group the ability to more easily identify trends. Our group also interviewed experts on the shale gas industry in order to gain a more complete understanding of the issues at hand. After these interviews and a thorough analysis of the available data, our group recognized and provided explanations for trends in the data.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts