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The following Active Members have been selected by the SEG Committee on Nominations and agreed to be candidates for the 2020 – 2021 board of directors:
Guillaume Cambois joined SEG in 1988 and is currently principal geophysicist for ADNOC. He graduated from École Polytechnique in Paris (1987) and received a PhD in geophysics from the University of Texas at Austin (1991).
Before joining ADNOC and overseeing the largest 3D seismic survey ever shot, Cambois worked for CGG for 20 years and PGS for 10 years, alternating between technical and leadership positions. In both companies, he served as executive vice president for imaging and technology and led the organizations to the top of their fields. He also was responsible for the commercial deployment of the first multicomponent streamer, which triggered the broadband revolution. He holds several patents and has authored or coauthored more than 50 papers. He received the Best Paper Award from both the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) (1998) and SEG (2009), Best Poster Award from EAGE (2001), and SEG Honorable Mentions for Best Presentation (2002) and Best Paper in Geophysics (2000).
Cambois served as SEG vice president in 2007–2008 and director at large from 2013 to 2016. He was a member and chair of The Leading Edge Editorial Board (1997–2001) and coordinated the Acquisition/Processing column. He was also a member of the Research Committee (1997–2010) and the board of SEG Global Inc. (2009–2013). He currently serves on the Distinguished Lecture Committee (since 2007, chair 2009–2012), the Finance Committee (since 2016), and the Council (since 2019).
Cambois has lived and worked in eight countries (Canada, France, Malaysia, Norway, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and United States) and does not mind how his name is pronounced.
SEG has been leading the field of applied geophysics for 90 years, and I am honored and humbled to be nominated for president. Through my years as a volunteer, I have experienced firsthand how effective this member-based organization is.
I believe that my technical background, my management skills, and my track record in leading change will benefit SEG through these challenging times. Our environment is definitely changing (e.g., the energy transition, the shale revolution, and communication in the age of the millennials), and SEG needs to adapt. Some of our core programs (e.g., continuing education, publications) are not meeting their objectives, and our once perennial cash cow (the Annual Meeting) is barely breaking even. We must capitalize on our best assets (sterling reputation, global reach, and volunteer base) to transform our programs and fulfill our mission.
When the oil industry recovers, which it will, our community will most likely be smaller than in the past. Consolidations will occur, probably even within the realm of our professional societies. It will be more challenging than ever to attract the best students to our field. But the world will still need geophysicists, and our profession will more than ever need a strong SEG for guidance and support. The next few years will be key to determining our future.
Anna Shaughnessy is passionate about SEG. She joined in 1980 and has advanced to become a seasoned volunteer leader, driving positive progress within the Society. She is currently the vice chair of the SEG Foundation. Previously, Shaughnessy was secretary and treasurer of SEG’s Executive Committee, chair of the Finance Committee, founding member of the Women’s Network Committee, and member of the Distinguished Lecture, SEG Global Inc., and SEAM Audit committees. In 2019, Shaughnessy was asked by the SEG Board to step in and serve as interim executive director while SEG was searching for a new executive director, allowing for continuity and a smooth transition.
Shaughnessy received her BS from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and MS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her professional career has shaped her into a well-rounded leader by merging managerial and corporate practices with an academic in-depth experience. In summary, Shaughnessy has led complex projects and multicultural teams around the world for Mobil Oil, Saudi Aramco, Texaco, and Kerr-McGee. She has held positions as manager of reservoir characterization, geostatistics, new ventures, and international exploration, to name a few. Her academic insights were developed during her six years as executive director of the Earth Resources Laboratory at her alma mater, MIT. Her combined experience of working in industry and academia has given her a unique perspective regarding key drivers, enablers, and challenges in applied geophysics.
I am writing this position statement as the COVID-19 pandemic is ravaging the world. Borders have closed, markets have plunged, oil prices have fallen, and many people have fallen ill or died. COVID-19 is affecting us all on a personal level as well as affecting our industry.
Still, these are times to reflect on the future. SEG’s role to strengthen and define geophysics in our society must and will continue. Our Society’s leadership will need to support our members and stakeholders in new and innovative ways. A thorough knowledge of all facets of SEG will boost a comprehensive and collaborative approach toward solutions going forward. With your support, I will embrace the opportunity to take on the position of president-elect and strive to create an even more inclusive and diverse SEG that caters to our global membership. I will steer SEG to focus on:
Bruce Z. Shang
Bruce Z. Shang is currently the manager of reservoir technology and development geosciences at Noble Energy Inc. He earned his PhD in geophysics from the University of Houston and BS in geology from China Petroleum University. Shang has 30 years of industry experience, of which the last 10 years were in technology management. Before joining Noble Energy, he was director of reservoir geophysics at Sinopec Tech Houston and subsurface team lead and reservoir characterization manager at Marathon Oil. Shang started his career as a researcher in seismic imaging and inversion and later expanded into interpretation, reservoir characterization, modeling, and reservoir technology. He won the Best of EAGE presentation (2006) and was invited as an honored presenter at the 2007 AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition. He received Marathon’s Innovation and Effective Knowledge Transfer Award (2009) and Best Use of Innovative Technology Award (2011). He is a strong believer in interdisciplinary collaboration among different societies. He has published with SEG, the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) on the subjects of geology, geophysics, and reservoir engineering. Shang is also a member of AAPG, SPE, and EAGE.
Shang is the current chair of the SEG Global Inc. board (2018–2020), which provides guidance and supervision to SEG China operations. Interest in SEG in China has grown exponentially over the past few years, as demonstrated by the increase in technical submissions to Annual Meetings and peer-reviewed journals from China. Shang was the inaugurating chair of the SEG Oil and Gas Reserves Committee (2008–2010). During this time, he promoted geophysics in resource and reserve estimation as reliable technology, influenced the SEC 2010 reserve reporting rules, and advocated essential training programs. Shang was also a director of the AAPG/SEG International Conference and Exhibition board (2015–2017). He has cochaired more than a dozen SEG workshops, forums, and technical sessions. He liaised between SEG and SPE, while serving as the SEG Oil and Gas Reserves Committee chair. Shang served as president (2013) and chairman (2015) of the Chinese American Petroleum Association (CAPA) and signed affiliated and associated society agreements with SEG and EAGE, respectively, during his CAPA presidency.
I strongly believe in SEG’s bright future despite the historical downturn our industry and profession are experiencing presently. I am very keen to promote the value and advancement of geophysics in both traditional applications and by pioneering emerging and exciting new technologies to help translate the current challenges into great opportunities for our members through integration, collaboration, diversity, and globalization.
Huasheng Zheng is the executive vice president of BGP Inc., CNPC. Currently, he is a research scholar at Stanford University. He received an MBA from the University of Calgary and a BA in finance from the Sichuan Petroleum Finance Institute in China. He is an SEG Life Membership recipient and served on the SEG China Advisory Committee, European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) Steering Committee, and Board of Directors of the International Association of Geophysical Contractors.
Zheng started his career with BGP in 1986. As one of BGP’s pioneers for its inaugural international business development around 1994, he has been deeply engaged in the overall laborious adventure. In June 2005, he was promoted to president of BGP International and has since shepherded BGP’s international business from a relatively small company to the top geophysical service contractor in the world. This resulted in unprecedented growth in the international market, accumulating a client base in excess of 200 oil and gas companies comprising all of the major international oil companies, OPEC members, and non-OPEC national oil companies. Zheng’s career ascended from operations to executive management. Additionally, he set up two new BGP businesses: a marine operation and the seismic equipment manufacturing company, INOVA.
Zheng has been actively involved in social activities within the industry and has built a superb personal and working relationship with BGP’s clients, partners, suppliers, and professionals in the global energy industry through frequent and extensive interactions. In 2019, he joined Stanford University as a research scholar, focusing on next-generation information technology and its application to the energy industry.
It is a great honor to be nominated for second vice president for the 2020–2021 SEG Board of Directors. Once elected, I will focus on the following issues:
Peter Cramer is the founder and managing partner of the Pc Advisory Group. Cramer earned a BS in physics from Rice University in 1981 and joined SEG in 1984. He is also a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Cramer became a director of the SEG Foundation in 2015 and has been treasurer since 2018, helping the Foundation raise more than US$11 million in support of SEG programs. He holds patents in 4D acquisition and hydraulic fracturing monitoring and assisted Bob Sheriff in the compilation of Reservoir Geophysics.
Cramer’s career spans nearly 40 years, beginning with Gulf Oil as a geophysicist working on projects including the first offshore 3D survey in Angola. Next, his career took him to Geosource working on vertical seismic profile applications and then to Shell where he worked as a seismic crew party chief and interpreter involved in expanding the use of 3D data onshore and in deep water. At British-Borneo Exploration, he was involved in the first use of mini tension lag platforms for deepwater field development. Cramer’s career then led him into management starting at Phillips Petroleum (now ConocoPhillips) where, over 18 years, he held exploration and technology management roles including exploration manager Gulf of Mexico, global geophysical technology manager, U.S. onshore exploration manager, global exploration portfolio manager, and global new ventures exploration manager. Cramer joined Devon Energy in 2018 where he was vice president of exploration and reservoir technology. In April 2019, he founded the Pc Advisory Group to provide consulting services to the upstream exploration and production sector.
I joined the SEG Foundation Board due to my desire to give back to the Society that provided me the opportunity over the years to meet, work with, and learn from many outstanding geophysicists and leaders, beginning with Tom Fulton at Gulf Oil. My time on the Foundation Board has opened my eyes to the rich diversity of SEG in its programs, impact, and membership. It has also opened my eyes to the challenges we face in an evolving world, which include:
My experience as SEG Foundation treasurer has helped me prepare for the role of SEG treasurer. I will work to see that SEG has the financial resources it needs to meet these challenges while maintaining our position as the preeminent global society for applied geophysics and supporting our members worldwide.
Xuri Huang obtained his PhD (1996) and MS (1994) in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa. After earning his BS in applied geophysics in 1985 from the University of Petroleum (PU) in China, he worked as a teacher and research team member at PU. He earned his EMBA from Peking University in 2015. Huang worked for WesternGeco from 1996 to 2001 in the areas of 4D, seismic interpretation, and reservoir characterization. He then founded SunRise PetroSolutions Tech Inc., where he is focusing on tools to close the loop between reservoir engineering and geophysics, geomodeling and seismic inversion, etc. He also served as an associate director for the Reservoir Geophysics Research Center at BGP from 2010 to 2016. Currently, he is the dean and a professor of the Geoscience Department at Southwest Petroleum University in Chengdu, China.
Huang is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the SEG. He has served SEG for many years in a variety of ways. He was a committee member for the SPE/SEG/AAPG 4D and Reservoir Surveillance Workshop (2006, 2008, and 2012), the 2001 SEG Reservoir Geophysics Symposium, the 2017 CGS/SEG International Geophysical Conference, and the 2019 SEG Fractured Reservoir and Unconventional Resources Forum. He was also a technical co-chair for the 2017 SEG Carbonate Reservoir Workshop in Chengdu, the 2018 SEG Reservoir Geophysics Workshop in Daqing, and the 2019 SEG Foothill Exploration Workshop in Chengdu. Huang is on the SEG Global Inc. Board of Directors. He was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2009–2010, an SEG Honorary Lecturer in 2014, and an Excellent Lecturer for the China Petroleum Society in 2016.
As treasurer, my main roles will be to provide SEG-related financial information to SEG’s officers and directors; to serve the primary goal of SEG, which is to promote the science of exploration geophysics and engineering; and to enable the SEG Board and SEG leadership to make the best use of SEG funds. Also, I will ensure that SEG remains financially and technically healthy and strong. My main priorities will be to:
Adel El-Emam is a consultant geophysicist with more than 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, of which he served Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) for 25 years. He is responsible for the integrity and technical excellence of the geophysical methods in Kuwait. He pioneered the introduction of single-sensor seismic acquisition technology to Kuwait, which has become a standard way of acquiring seismic data worldwide. El-Emam is a technology adopter, promotes science, and shares knowledge through collaboration with academia and industry. He designed and led a three-year research collaboration project for multiple attenuation, which resulted in developing algorithms and workflows that are routinely used by the KOC in-house data processing center. He has a BS in geology from Cairo University (1975) and an MS in geophysics on “Attenuation of seismic waves” from the University of Pittsburgh (1983).
El-Emam has presented and published more than 40 papers for local and international conferences. He was awarded Best Poster Presentation at SEG’s 2005 Annual Meeting. He also serves as a technical reviewer for several international societies. In collaboration with SEG, El-Emam has organized and chaired several successful workshops in the Middle East region addressing different geophysical subjects and challenges. These world-class workshops were attended by renowned professors and industry experts. He is an active member of several international societies such as SEG, the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and is an active member of the SEG Middle East Advisory Committee. He has served as chair of the SEG Distinguished Instructor Short Course (DISC) Committee since 2017.
SEG continues to enhance its global membership diversity. Geoscientists should play a role in the growth and development of technology and its application in our industry. As exciting as these developments can be, they bring key challenges such as efficient professional engagement, systematic support, and training for young professionals and students.
With more than 25 years of engagement with SEG as a member, mentor, and technical contributor, it is my honor to be considered to support SEG during these exciting developments and unprecedented and challenging times. Over the years, my engagement has spanned beyond technical aspects. I served as an advisor and chair to the DISC Committee and SEG Middle East Advisory Committee. I was also an Annual Meeting technical reviewer and a technical committee chair for several international workshops.
If elected as a director at large, I will work closely with my fellow Board members to:
Sherif M. Hanafy
Sherif M. Hanafy received a BS (Cairo University, 1993), MS (Cairo University, 1996), and PhD (Kiel University, 2002) in geophysics. He received a PhD scholarship (1999) from Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst and a Fulbright fellowship (2004) to pursue postdoctoral studies at the University of Utah. Currently, he is an associate professor of geophysics at King Fahd University in Saudi Arabia. Hanafy was a senior research scientist at King Abdullah University between 2009 and 2018, a postdoctoral fellow and adjunct associate professor at the University of Utah between 2004 and 2007, and assistant professor at Cairo University between 2002 and 2009.
Hanafy has more than 25 years of experience in academia and 12 years of cooperation with industry as a member of the Utah Tomography and Modeling/Migration and Center for Subsurface Imaging and Fluid Modeling consortiums. During this time period, he coauthored more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and more than 50 expanded abstracts at international conferences. He has achieved the following distinctions:
Hanafy’s research interests include geophysical field methods, seismic interferometry, traveltime tomography, early arrival tomography, seismic modeling, seismic inversion and migration, data interpolation/extrapolation, shallow applications of resistivity and ground-penetrating radar methods, and machine learning.
I am honored to run for the SEG director at large position. I have many years of experience working with SEG as an associate editor and a member of SEG committees. I also have many years of experience working in academia and cooperation with industry. If I am elected, I will work with SEG to:
An important role of SEG is to help geophysicists improve their knowledge of our profession. To fulfill this role, SEG organizes conferences, workshops, lecture tours, training, and publishes technical and case study papers. I have been a member of the Society since the late 1990s and will continue to promote this important role of SEG. I am honored to serve the geophysics community through SEG and am looking forward to being a proactive promoter of SEG’s goals.
Johannes Douma received a BS and an MS in geophysics from Colorado School of Mines. He was a member of the Center for Wave Phenomena Consortium, where he completed his thesis research under the guidance of Roel Snieder. Joining Cimarex Energy in 2014, he was exposed to different projects while working on exploration technology, geophysical applications, Permian exploration, and Anadarko exploration teams. As his responsibilities grew at Cimarex Energy, he continued to develop his project management skills by handling geophysical, exploration, prospecting, and operational assignments. In 2018, Douma left Cimarex Energy to join Casillas Petroleum in order to serve as lead geoscientist and to manage the Casillas Petroleum Resource Partners II LLC asset in southern Oklahoma.
In 2014, Douma joined the Committee on University and Student Programs and the Student Chapter Excellence Program Subcommittee at SEG. Shortly afterward, he joined the Emerging Professionals International Committee (EPIC), whose goal is to engage and promote emerging professionals. He became acting chair of EPIC from 2017–2019. During that time, he led initiatives to grow the program’s global presence through social media, organize global networking events, establish a permanent EPIC event at the SEG Annual Meeting, and establish an emerging professionals development position for local geophysical societies. As SEG representative and past chair of the NAPE Advisory Board (2016–2018), he was responsible for organizing a one-day SEG technical forum at NAPE. Lastly, Douma continues to volunteer as an abstract reviewer and technical program session chair for SEG Annual Meetings.
Being an emerging professional with Dutch nationality, I believe that I will add a diverse and important voice to contribute to the Society’s strategies and future. SEG has been important throughout my studies and career. During my studies, SEG provided me with an SEG scholarship and the necessary technical resources to research and publish my graduate thesis. Once it was time to enter the workforce, SEG meetings provided me with the ability to network, learn from experts, discuss technical topics, and give back to the SEG community through volunteering.
One of the largest challenges that I see facing SEG is engaging emerging professionals. Few emerging professionals attend local or Annual Meetings and aren’t always aware of the different products SEG offers to grow their career. These challenges become exacerbated for international professionals. Geophysicists are also challenged by choosing between professional societies for time and monetary purposes. If elected as a director at large, I will focus on the following goals:
Brandy Hawkins is a geoscientist and passionate professional with a track record of innovative solutions, successful collaboration, and perseverance under pressure. Her composed nature has allowed for successful results during challenging situations. Her early experience in leadership includes being chair of the employee survey committee at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, providing recommendations to the board for resolutions of employee concerns.
Hawkins attended Oklahoma State University (OSU) for a BS and MS in geology with geophysics emphasis. Her passion for SEG began as a student, where she facilitated the first geophysical exhibit, student chapter, and geophysical field camp at Boone Pickens School of Geology at OSU. Her continued affiliation with SEG led to other opportunities for leadership and contribution. She was cochair and chair of the Emerging Professionals International Committee (2014–2017), chair of the SEG–AAPG Cooperation Committee (2016–2019), technical program chair for the 2017 Annual Meeting, and member of the 2018 Professional Development Task Force. Hawkins is currently vice chair of the Health, Safety, Security, and Environment Committee.
Her professional industry experience as a geophysicist while working at SM Energy includes leading and supporting team supervision of a range of technical projects from 5D interpolated seismic reprocessing and prestack stochastic seismic inversion to microseismic acquisition and processing. Her personal contributions led to implementing seismic well planning in structurally complex areas utilizing seismic reflection and seismic inversion products that resulted in increased efficiencies and an internal company presentation award. Her core focus is seismic interpretation and structural geology. Hawkins is currently scheduled to present an oral session on her graduate work at the 2020 AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition titled, “A listric model of the Naga thrust and fold belt, Assam, India.”
SEG has played an important role for applied geophysics in the world by providing direction, reliable information, and a place for collaboration. The time has never been more vital that SEG’s position remain a strong place in the future for geophysicists.
SEG has influenced and invested in my professional development. It is an honor to be nominated as director at large for this organization and community. I am committed to contributing toward the continued relevance and success of SEG.
I believe having a strategic vision within a rapidly changing world is important. Understanding the changing demographic of geophysicists and role of geophysics in the world will play a pivotal part of SEG’s global footprint, membership retention, and future success. Recent events of incredibly low commodity prices and pandemically induced social distancing have placed emphasis on many points, especially membership and connection. Connection is crucial for membership retention, engagement of early- and mid-career professionals, and growth. SEG has provided avenues for me to connect with many people globally. I would like to support SEG’s current and new initiatives by:
In addition to the Board of Directors election, the following Districts are holding elections for one new representative:
Patrice N. Mahob
Patrice N. Mahob holds an MS (1997) and a PhD (2001) in geophysics from the University of Oklahoma. His competencies encompass 2D/3D integrated seismic interpretation, prospect generation and evaluation, seismic attribute analysis, salt velocity model building and interpretation, reservoir characterization, seismic modeling, seismic processing, and seismic quantitative interpretation. Mahob has hands-on experience in geoscience, training, and consulting. He has worked on many sedimentary basins ranging from Alaska, to the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, to onshore Oklahoma. This includes the West Nile Delta, Gulf of Gabès, Niger Delta, Gulf of Papua, and the Gulf of Guinea. He has worked in areas varying from gas to oil and from deep marine turbidite plays to tight gas sands. He has worked with oil and gas companies including Chevron Overseas Petroleum (1997–1998), BP Exploration (2001–2003), BP America Production Company (2003 –2008), BG Group (2008–2014), and Tullow Oil (2014–2018). In addition, Mahob authored and coauthored many papers and expanded abstracts. In 2018, Mahob founded Jacob Geophysical Inc. and is currently a principal geophysicist with Springfield E&P. He is an Active member of SEG and is also a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, and NABG.
Tania Mukherjee is a geophysicist turned data scientist. She received an MS in geophysics from India and completed her PhD in 4D time lapse at the University of Houston. She is a young geophysicist and has already received recognitions including an SEG Student Leadership Symposium travel grant. She started her career as a geophysicist at Shell and continued to follow her passion of new innovations and technology. She is currently working with a consultancy on machine learning and predictive analytics. She is member of SEG, the Professional Petroleum Data Management Association, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Frank Brown has been an Active Member of SEG since 1981 and received Life Membership in 2012. He has served on the Executive Committee as secretary-treasurer (2006–2007) and the SEG Finance, Continuing Education, and Distinguished Instructor Short Course committees. He also served on the SEG Foundation Board from 2011 to 2014. Brown received a BS in geology from West Texas State University in 1977. He held positions at GSI, Marathon Oil, Southland Royalty Company, Permian Exploration, and Dawson Geophysical before entering the consulting field. He currently serves as vice president of licensing and land for Fairfield Geotechnologies in Houston, Texas. It would be my great honor to serve as District 2 representative to the SEG Council. I believe it is important to continue the good work of the Society, especially as it relates to student programs and continuing education. If elected, I would endeavor to further these programs.
Tracy J. Stark
Tracy J. Stark can best be described as a consultant with a research habit. He prefers to take on projects that require, at least in part, the creation of a new approach or technique to solve. He started his career with a 10-year stint at Exxon Production Research Lab in Houston after receiving his BS (1979) and PhD (1986) in geological sciences (geophysics option) from the University of Texas at Austin under the guidance of Milo Backus. At Exxon, he worked on the direct hydrocarbon detection team before creating the surface slice method for 3D seismic interpretation. He was one of three founding members of Exxon’s self-directed visualization team that constructed their blue room for visualization. In 1996, he moved to ARCO’s research lab, helping design and program their two generations of immersive visualization environments. In 2000, he founded STARK Research, where he created techniques to build age volumes and associated wheeler volumes, as well as new spectral decomposition, frequency enhancement, and other interpretation techniques. He has volunteered for SEG in a variety of ways during his career. Some highlights include that he served on the editorial board of Interpretation, was an editorial board member of The Leading Edge, was technical program chair for the 2008 Annual Meeting, and was a coorganizer of many postconvention and summer research workshops. He is also an honorary life member and past president of the Dallas Geophysical Society.
Karen R. Christopherson
Karen R. Christopherson is an experienced geophysicist who has been working for more than 35 years with nonseismic methods, particularly magnetotellurics (MT) and electromagnetics (EM). She has participated in numerous MT/EM surveys exploring for geothermal, hydrocarbon, water, and mineral resources in many worldwide locations. She has an MS in geophysics from the University of Colorado Boulder and a BS in geology. In the late 1980s, after having worked for the United States Geological Survey and the BP America Technology Center, Christopherson founded her own firm, Chinook Geoconsulting. Her firm is based in Evergreen, Colorado, and focuses primarily on the acquisition and interpretation of resistivity data. Christopherson is a member of SEG, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Geothermal Resources Council, Women in Geothermal, and the Denver Geophysical Society. She served as second vice president of SEG during 1997–1998. She is also the instructor for SEG’s continuing-education course on MT/audio MT. Christopherson has authored numerous papers about the use of MT and EM for geothermal and hydrocarbon exploration.
Sarah Gach is a geophysical specialist with EOG Resources in Denver, Colorado, working on development and exploration projects in the Rocky Mountains. Prior to EOG, she was a senior geophysicist with Ultra Petroleum, where she worked on projects from the Green River, Appalachian, and Uinta basins. She also has experience in the North American Magnetic Database at the U.S Geological Survey and in Gulf of Mexico gravity modeling at Marathon. She received a BS in geophysical engineering (2002) and an MS in geophysics (2005) from the Colorado School of Mines. Her interests include geophysical and geologic integration, gravity and magnetics, and geoscience outreach. She is a member of SEG and has served as the chair/cochair of the Applied Science Education Program for Annual Meetings in Denver. She is also a member of the Denver Geophysical Society, where she volunteers on the Student Challenge Bowl outreach committee and 3D seismic symposium committee.
Debotyam Maity is a senior engineer with the exploration and production group at the Gas Technology Institute (GTI). His current research involves novel unconventional oil and gas studies including at hydraulic fracturing test sites in the Permian Basin. He received an MS and PhD in petroleum engineering from the University of Southern California in 2013. His doctoral research centered around integrated geophysical data processing, analysis, and interpretation methods in geothermal reservoirs. In his association with GTI over the past seven years, he has worked on passive seismic data processing and analysis, geophysical and petrophysical reservoir characterization, and optimization of hydraulic fracturing completions and diagnostics. Maity has also worked on geomechanical modeling and interpretation to better understand stimulation in tight shale formations. He has used many machine learning tools to tackle various problems around geophysical data acquisition and processing, such as survey design, event picking, and inversion workflows. Maity has authored or coauthored more than 20 technical papers, including 10 in peer-reviewed scientific international journals. He holds three patents in the field of hydraulic fracturing completion design with additional patents pending. He is a longstanding member of SEG and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Doug Schmitt is the Stephen and Karen Brand Professor of Unconventional Resources in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University. He is also a Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta. Schmitt obtained a BS in physics from the University of Lethbridge and a PhD in geophysics from the California Institute of Technology. His experience includes being an exploration geophysicist for Texaco, a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford, and a visiting researcher at Geophysikalisches Institute Uni Karlsruhe and at Australian National University’s Research School of Earth Sciences. His research interests are rock physics and mechanics, crustal stress determination, borehole seismology, and scientific drilling. Schmitt has been involved with more than a dozen drilling projects on six continents. He currently serves as an editor for the Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth and as an academic examiner for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. He has been a member of SEG since 1980.
Carmen C. Dumitrescu
Carmen C. Dumitrescu is the owner and founder of Terra-IQ Ltd., an independent consulting company specialized in providing oil companies with expertise in leading-edge geophysical technologies for reservoir characterization and seismic data interpretation. Dumitrescu has a degree in geology, geophysics, and engineering from the University of Bucharest and a PhD in geophysics from the University of Calgary. Dumitrescu was involved in a variety of projects to estimate reservoir properties of 2D and 3D seismic data in clastic, carbonate, and heavy oil, using conventional, multicomponent, and time-lapse seismic data. She has presented and published numerous papers at the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG), European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), and SEG annual meetings. As an Active member of SEG, she has been the chair of the SEG Earth Forum Committee (2014–2016) and is the chair of the SEG Meetings Review and Planning Committee. She is also a member of CSEG, EAGE, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.
Rachel Newrick is an exploration geophysicist working and teaching internationally with a focus on seismic interpretation. She completed a BS in geology and a BS Honors in geophysics at Victoria University of Wellington and a PhD in exploration seismology at the University of Calgary. During her career, Newrick has worked as a summer student/researcher for BHP (Melbourne), Occidental Petroleum (Houston), ExxonMobil (Houston), and Veritas (Calgary). She has worked full time for Nexen (Calgary and London) and Cairn Energy (Edinburgh). She is now based in Alberta, Canada, with Racian Ventures and is also an instructor with RPS-Nautilus, teaching a variety of seismic interpretation courses internationally. Newrick is coauthor of the SEG volume Fundamentals of Geophysical Interpretation with Larry Lines, a contributor to two 52 Things books, and has presented at a variety of conferences and technical luncheons. An SEG member since 1999, she has volunteered as conference session chairperson, presented numerous papers, reviewed Interpretation papers, served on the Field Camps Committee for four years (chair from 2011 to 2013), and was the District 5 representative from 2019 to 2020. Newrick is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, and Canadian SEG, serving as vice president, president, and past president (2014–2017). Newrick currently serves as president-elect of the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences and will serve as president in 2021.
Javier Núñez Ariza
Javier Núñez Ariza received a degree in geophysics from the Instituto Politécnico Nacional of Mexico City. He worked for Geophysical Services Inc. from 1976 to 1988. There, he worked with seismic crews as an observer, geophysicist in the field, interpreter, seismic data processor, party chief, and supervisor of operations. From 1988 to 1990, he worked for Perforadata S.A. de C.V. as a seismic operation manager, conducting five seismic crews in Mexico. He was the country manager for The Andrews Group International in Mexico from 1991 to 2001. In the role, he introduced and obtained contracts in association with several international companies including Landmark Graphics, Paradigm, Oyo Geospace, Input Output, Petroleum Geo-Services, Geographic Inc., and Corelab. He sold products for seismic exploration and provided geophysical and reservoir characterization studies. From 2002 to present, he has been president of Núnez y Asociados S.A. de C.V. and Geoaplicaciones S.A. de C.V., companies that offer integrated solutions for the energy sector in Mexico. He has been well trained in petroleum exploration (operation, processing of data, and interpretation). He has also taken courses in administration and training executives. He is a member of SEG, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, AMGE, AIPM, and AMGP.
Ana Curcio simultaneously earned an MS in physics and an MS in geodetic-geophysical engineering from the University of Buenos Aires. She is currently obtaining a PhD from the same university. In addition, she earned a specialization in oil and gas production from the Technological Institute of Buenos Aires. Curcio has worked for Schlumberger Brazil, Pan American Energy, and Petrobras. Currently, she is a geophysical advisor for lithium/oil exploration projects that include seisimic and electrical/electromagnetics/gravity geophysical prospection. Her main area of interest is the integration of seismic and electromagnetics, in particular the applications for conventional/unconventional reservoir monitoring, and elastic and electrical anisotropy. Curcio is an Active Member of SEG, chair of the SEG Latin America Regional Advisory Committee, and District 6 representative. She is involved in SEAM and in the organization of Business of Applied Geophysics plenary sessions at the SEG Annual Meeting. She has served as an SEG Council representative and as global cochair and chair of the 2019 Annual Meeting’s technical program. Curcio is also a member of the board of directors of the Argentinean Association of Petroleum Geologists and Geophysicists. In addition, she is an International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy division VI committee member.
Anton Bogrash is a graduate research assistant at the Centre for Computational Geostatistics at the University of Alberta (UofA). He is also a senior geophysicist on education leave at Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS). At UofA, he is researching higher-order geostatistical model applications for reservoir property estimation within the geophysical inverse problem framework.
Bogrash received his BS in hydrogeology and engineering geology (2010) and an MS in petroleum geoscience (2012) from UofA. He won the Schlumberger Scholarship Award in 2011. Bogrash joined PGS Reservoir in Moscow in 2011 as an intern and worked on seismic interpretation projects. In 2012, he transferred to onboard processing to work on seismic vessels across the globe. His efforts revolved around raw seismic data QC, creation and validation of dual-sensor acquisition deliverables, and full-integrity processing stages and fast-track imaging. Bogrash’s research interests include broadband seismic and uncertainty quantification. He is a member of SEG and the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences.
Yuriy Ivanov is an exploration geophysicist with Aker BP. He received a BS (2010) and an MS (2012) in geophysics from Novosibirsk State University in Russia. After graduation, he joined Schlumberger Wireline as a field engineer. He then earned a Ph.D. in geophysics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2018. His professional interests include seismic wave propagation in anisotropic and attenuative media and seismic imaging and processing. Yuriy has been active with SEG since his undergraduate years through various volunteer initiatives, including SEG-sponsored field camps and local events. He also serves on the editorial board of Geophysical Prospecting.
Horst Rüter is president of HarbourDom Consulting in Dortmund, Germany. Previously, he spent 32 years as head of the Geophysics Department of Deutsche Montan Technology. He nurtured the growth of the organization from a small research group to one of Germany’s most important private geophysical contractors. During that time, he was responsible for more than 100 research projects for international public and commercial agencies and for the mining and oil and gas industry. He contributed significantly to the development of 3D seismic methods from 1975 onward. He holds patents on seismic instrumentation and on specific logging instruments. His emphasis has been on integrating geophysical techniques into mining and borehole applications. Rüter holds a PhD from Ruhr-University in Bochum, where he is a part-time professor. He is a member of many professional societies and is part of several editorial boards and professional steering groups. He was president of the German Geophysical Society and the German Geothermal Association. Presently, he serves as chief scientist for the German Geothermal Association. Rüter is widely published and wrote a textbook on in-seam seismic. He received SEG’s Special Commendation Award in 2001 and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers’ Conrad Schlumberger Award in 2005 for taking geophysics beyond its boundaries.
Uche Irene Aigbokhai
Uche Irene Aigbokhai is an operations geophysicist with Shell Petroleum Development Company. She studied at the University of Jos and St. Louis College in Jos. After graduation, she interned with the National Center for Remote Sensing. She worked for seven years as a seismic processing geophysicist and for four years as an operations geophysicist. She has experience in land, swamp, and marine operations in Nigeria and Oman. Aigbokhai is an Active Member of SEG and participates in the SEG Women’s Network Committee. She is also a member of the Nigeria Association of Petroleum Explorationists, Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers and Geoscientists, and Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society. She has authored and coauthored several technical papers.
Isaac M. Marobhe
Isaac M. Marobhe earned a BS in geology from the University of Dar es Salaam (1979), a diploma in exploration geophysics (1980), an MS from the University of London’s Imperial College of Science and Technology (1981), and a PhD from Helsinki University of Technology (1990). Following graduation, he worked for the Department of Geology, where he taught undergraduate and postgraduate students. He also supervised several MS students in the field of geophysics. Marobhe was a member of the board of the Geological Survey of Tanzania (2006–2009), secretary general of the Tanzania Geological Society (2004–2010), and chairman of the Department of Geology (2006–2012). He also participated in research and consultancy services in the fields of airborne geophysics, groundwater geophysics, and engineering geophysics. He is an active member of the Tanzania Geological Society and SEG. In addition, he served as a faculty advisor for the SEG student chapter at the University of Dar es Salaam. Marobhe retired as a senior lecturer in 2018 and is currently doing independent consultancy work.
Sankhadip Bhattacharya received an M.S in Applied Geology from Jadavpur University in 2008 and is currently pursuing a Ph.D from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee in the field of Carbonate Diagenesis and it’s relationship with High-Resolution Sequence Stratigraphy. He has more than 11 years of professional experience as a Petroleum Geologist with India’s National Oil Company. His interests include Seismic-based Sequence Stratigraphic analysis, Prospect generation, Techno-Economic evaluation and Reservoir Characterization. Bhattacharya is an Active Member of SEG, AAPG, APG, GSL, WEC and is motivated to give back to the Society. He has volunteered in many capacities for SEG, like- EPIC coordinator for India, EVOLVE mentoring, Global Chair NSTS, Book Review Committee, Membership Committee etc. He is also a Young Professional Leader and Student Council member of the AAPG Asia Pacific Section. He has been nominated as the Future Energy Leader for the World Energy Council in India. Bhattacharya has published a number of technical papers and has reviewed technical papers for Springer and Elsevier.
Shokhrukh Shomurodov has been a member of SEG since 2016. He graduated from branch of Gubkin Russian State University of oil and gas in 2012. Following graduation, he became a seismic observer for the geophysical company Uzbekgeofizika JSC. Later, he joined the Processing and Interpretation Department of the same company. In 2017, he led a processing team in the Bukhara-Khiva oil- and gas-bearing region and was a senior geophysicist in the department. In 2018, he joined KNOC Ferghana Operating Company as a lead geophysicist. His professional activity includes seismic acquisition design, management of field seismic work, processing highly noisy seismic data from various regions, and providing support for the interpretation of geophysical data for exploration purposes.
Yonghyun Chung is a principal researcher at Inha University in South Korea. He attended Seoul National University, where he received a BS (1996) from the Department of Mineral and Petroleum Engineering and an MS (1998) and PhD (2011) in geophysics. He held postdoctoral fellowship and research assistant professor positions at Hanyang University and was a principal researcher at Seoul National University before joining the Industrial Science and Technology Research Institute at Inha University in 2020. Chung also has 10 years of experience as an exploration geophysicist and software engineer. His current research interests include moving beyond linear approximations in nonlinear geophysical inverse problems. He is an Active Member of SEG.
Yang Liu is a professor at the China University of Petroleum Beijing (CUPB). He received a BS in exploration geophysics from the Jianghan Petroleum Institute in 1993 and a PhD in applied geophysics from CUPB in 1998. He joined CUPB in 1998 and was promoted to professor in 2006. From 2008 to 2009, he was a visiting scholar for the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include seismic modeling, migration, inversion, and multicomponent seismic. He received an SEG scholarship (1996–1998) and the Fu Chengyi Youth Science and Technology Award from the Chinese Geophysical Society (1999). He is a member of SEG and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers. Liu serves on the SEG China Advisory Committee, SEG Research Committee, and SEG Committee on University and Student Programs. In addition, he is an associate editor of Geophysics.
Ahmad Riza Ghazali
Ahmad Riza Ghazali received a degree in geophysics from the University of Leicester (1998) and a PhD in geophysics from Delft University of Technology (2011). He championed and supervised various technology projects for PETRONAS, especially in the subjects of subsurface imaging and reservoir characterization. He serves on the Industry Advisory Panel for the Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. Ghazali is a member of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers and SEG.
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