Biondo Biondi is the Barney and Estelle Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University and currently serves as the Geophysics Department Chair. He graduated from Politecnico di Milano in 1984 and received an MS (1988) and a PhD (1990) in Geophysics from Stanford. He is director of the Stanford Exploration Project (SEP). SEP is an academic consortium whose mission is to develop innovative seismic imaging methodologies and to educate the next generation of leaders in applied seismology. SEP's activities are supported by about 20 companies involved in Oil & Gas exploration and production. He is also co-director of the Stanford Center for Computational Earth and Environmental Science (CEES). CEES leads the Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences’ computational-oriented research and educational programs.
He has made contributions on several aspects of seismic imaging, ranging from velocity estimation to parallel algorithms for seismic migration. Since the early nineties he has been at the forefront of the development of wave-equation imaging and inversion methods. In 2004 the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) honored Biondo with the Reginald Fessenden Award. In 2006 Biondo published the book “3D Seismic Imaging” that was the first book to introduce the theory of seismic imaging from the 3-D perspective. In 2007 Biondo was the SEG/EAGE Distinguished Short Course Instructor, for which he gave a one-day course in more than 30 cities around the world.