Dr. 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. He 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 he 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. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.