Jon Olson

Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D., Stanford University

Jon Olson specializes in geomechanics, production optimization and environmental impact issues related to unconventional oil and gas development. His research includes hydraulic fracture design and modeling, induced seismicity, wellbore stability and reservoir compaction and subsidence.

Dr. Olson participates in public outreach focused on secondary school science teachers with regard to energy supply and utilization, the place of fossil fuels in the energy mix for the USA, and the use of geologic carbon storage to mitigate greenhouse gas accumulation in the atmosphere.

Before joining the University of Texas at Austin, Jon worked as a research engineer for Mobil Research and Development Corporation. Dr. Olson has served as a Distinguished Lecturer for both the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Jon served as Chair of the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering at UT Austin from 2015 to 2023. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.

Course Designer:

  • In Pursuit of the Safe Well

Course Instructor (in-person workshops):

  • In Pursuit of the Safe Well
  • Energize the Future