Maryam Alghannam

Maryam Alghannam

I am a PhD candidate in Computational Science and Engineering at MIT. Prior to MIT, I obtained my MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering (GeoSystems) from UC Berkeley in 2017 and BS in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2012. I also worked as a reservoir engineer in the oil and gas industry for three years. Here, I am interested in studying induced seismicity and fault poromechanics using theory and simulation.

Research interests:

  • Fluid pressurization effect on frictional stability. 
  • Slip dynamics at heterogeneous interfaces. 
  • Macro and microscopic basis of friction. 
  • Energy partitioning during an earthquake. 


Google scholar profile

  • Understanding rate effects in injection-induced earthquakes.
    M. Alghannam, and R. Juanes, Nature Communications, 11, 3053 (2020), doi:10.1038/s41467-020-16860-y. (pdf)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139


Massachusetts Institute of Technology · Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

77 Massachusetts Avenue, Building 48 · Cambridge, MA 02139