- Distinguished Research Associate, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co.
A French-Canadian native, Martin Lacasse completed undergraduate degrees in both chemistry (Montreal) and physics (Concordia) where he graduated first of his promotion. He then studied at McGill University where he earned a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Physics, studying problems in statistical mechanics related to critical phenomena and phase transitions using large-scale computers. After his Ph.D., Lacasse moved to Princeton University for a joint post-doctoral fellowship with the Corporate Research Laboratory (CSR) of Exxon Research and Engineering. Shortly after in 1995, he joined the lab and worked on the thermodynamics of polymer interfaces and on the rheology of compressed emulsions. Lacasse is currently leading a team of researchers at CSR modeling the effects of induced seismicity during oil and gas production. His current research interests also include experimental design problems in the field of PDE-constrained optimization and the packing of non-spherical particles. Over the years, Lacasse has been recognized as a leader in high-performance computing.