Laura Pyrak-Nolte

Professor of Physics with Courtesy Appointment in Civil Engineering

Purdue University
Lyles School of Civil Engineering
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051

Phone: (765) 494-3027


B.S., 1981 State University of New York at Buffalo M.S., 1983 Department of Geological Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University Ph.D., 1988 Department of Materials Science and Mineral Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests
Laboratory for Applied Geophyiscs ISRM Work Group

Honors & Awards

  • University Scholar, Purdue University, 2000-2004
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Outstanding Alumna Award, 1996
  • Schlumberger Lecture Award, 1995
  • Young Investigator Award - National Science Foundation, 1994-1999
  • Young Investigator Award - Office of Naval Research, 1994-1997
  • Honorable Mention, Oak Ridge Association of Universities, Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, 1993
  • Sigma Xi, Notre Dame Chapter, Outstanding Paper, 1993
  • Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, 1992, Journal of Geophysical Research
  • Basic Research Award, National Research Council, Geotechnical Committee, 1990
  • Jane Lewis Fellowship, 1987-88, University of California, Berkeley
  • Thomas Dias Fellowship, 1986-87, University of California, Berkeley
  • University Fellowship, 1983-984, University of California, Berkeley