Richard Schmidt, Ph.D.

Richard Schmidt, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Schmidt has over 35 years of research, development, design, and field experience in stimulating oil and gas wells with solid propellants. He was the lead researcher and project manager at Sandia National Laboratories in the late 70’s for the original groundbreaking program that investigated the fundamental basis for fracturing rock formations with solid propellants.

As the founder of Enhanced Energetics., Dr. Schmidt won a DOE Small Business Innovation Research grant that provided the means to develop, test, and optimize solid propellants for well stimulations. In July 1998, the GasGun became commercially available in the Appalachian Basin as an effective low-cost stimulation method.