Professor Jesse Hampton leads the Geomechanics and Damage Group (GeoD) at UW-Madison. GeoD studies both fundamental and applied topics in geomechanics, petrophysics, and geophysics. The main objectives of GeoD are to address some of the fundamental issues of geological engineering as applied to geothermal, oil and gas, energy/waste/CO2 storage, underground construction, tunneling, and planetary rock and soil mechanics. This is accomplished through a multidisciplinary and multiscale approach where focus is given to studying the role and impact of physical properties and damage and their influence on material and structural behavior. Novel high-pressure and high-temperature laboratory equipment aids in this effort, where simultaneous geophysical measurements can be performed as a function of natural and anthropogenic changes in boundary conditions.