Dr. Bleistein received his PhD in mathematics at the Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences at New York University in 1965. After a post-doctoral year there and three years as an assistant professor of applied math at MIT, he moved to the University of Denver in 1969. He advanced to full professor there and then moved to the Colorado School of Mines in 1983. He was one of the founding members of the Center for Wave Phenomena and the Consortium Project on Seismic Inverse Methods there, served as director of both for many years and retired in 1999.
He was designated a University Emeritus Professor at CSM. He is an Honorary Member of the SEG and a Guest Professor of Geophysics at the Chinese University of Geosciences, Wuhan. He has served as an adjudicating editor of Inverse Problems, is on the advisory board of Earth Sciences Frontiers and the Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, Nanjing. He has authored on text on a first year graduate course in mathematical methods and co-authored another on asymptotic expansions of integrals. He is also a co-author of Mathematical Methods for Seismic Imaging, Migration and Inversion. This short course has been presented and/or is scheduled for more presentations at international meetings, universities and companies worldwide, evolving as the theory evolves.
He has taught this short course at the SEG (2007), Total, Pau (2007), U of Campinas (2008), EAGE (2008).