SEG to hold elections for Board of Directors and District Representatives

Nominees for Board of Directors

The following Active Members have been selected by the SEG Committee on Nominations and agreed to be candidates for the 2024 board of directors’ election.

President-Elect

Rocco (Rocky) Detomo

Rocco (Rocky) Detomo

Rocky Detomo has been a member of SEG for more than 40 years and has served as a member and chair of numerous committees. He has been an integral part of the SEG Board of Directors (2014–2016), SEAM (2013–2014), and the SEG Foundation (2022–2024), for which he is currently the chair. He has served twice as the annual meeting technical chair (2006 and 2015), and he is an active supporter of the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee and the Women’s Network Committee. He is also an SEG Foundation Trustee Associate.

Detomo has spent many years volunteering with students, and his volunteer work continues to this day. This is reflected in his involvement with the initiation of SEG EVOLVE with active participation as a mentor in the program and early design of the Honorary Lecture program.

He has spent more than 40 years in the energy industry, including working for Shell (33 years), and continues as an independent consultant and advisor. He has held senior positions in seismic acquisition, interpretation, exploration, development, and research, working and living in numerous areas around the globe. He pioneered expert innovation in areas of direct hydrocarbon indicators, wide-azimuth acquisition, subsalt imaging, time-lapse and life-of-field monitoring, and distributed acoustic sensing. Detomo has taught courses in integrated exploration evaluation, risking, and economics.

He has demonstrated throughout his career the ability to deliver business value through the application of knowledge and innovative technology. He is an Air Force veteran and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics, along with a PhD in nuclear physics from the Ohio State University.

Position statement

I am honored to be considered for this candidacy, and I take this responsibility very seriously. Professional societies today face challenges in communication, member support, funding, and relevance. However, I am committed to positioning SEG to support the science, serve our members, and support sustainability. I propose the following initiatives:

  • We will grow partnerships and collaborations with other societies and the broader geophysics industry. Geophysics beyond oil and gas (e.g., near surface, carbon capture, and geothermal) encompasses a large and diverse talent pool of academics, researchers, practitioners, and service providers who we must engage.
  • We will make our commitment to inclusivity and sustainability visible. Geophysicists are responsible to each other, the environment, and society to use our science to educate others about how geophysics contributes positively to our world.
  • We will support innovative technologies. This includes encouraging the development and application of emerging technologies (e.g., distributed acoustic sensing, data analytics, and artificial intelligence) and their application for improved exploration, natural resource/site evaluation, remote monitoring, and more.
  • We will foster education and mentorship. As a part of this, we will facilitate members’ experience and knowledge transfer to others through preferred communication channels (e.g., how-to videos, social-media channels, and experiential mentoring).

In conclusion, my candidacy for the role of president-elect is driven by my passion to strengthen our Society through collaboration, inclusivity, innovation, and education, and to deliver more value to our members and society.

Joseph (Joe) M. Reilly

Joseph (Joe) M. Reilly

Joseph M. Reilly started his exploration career with Mobil and has many years of experience in addressing key geoscience-based challenges around the world. Early in his career, he sat wells both as a geologist and geophysicist in regions stretching from the offshore U.S. East Coast to Morocco and from the North Sea to Equatorial Guinea.

He has been directly involved in seismic campaigns throughout the world and has been fortunate to participate in numerous exploration successes, as well as some disappointments. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Rochester and a master’s degree in geology/geophysics from Virginia Tech.

Reilly has authored/coauthored hundreds of papers and presentations on a wide range of geophysical applications. While at Mobil, then ExxonMobil, he held technical and management positions in research and applied research, eventually becoming ExxonMobil’s chief research geoscientist.

He is a long-time member of the Geophysical Society of Houston, European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and SEG and is a licensed geophysicist in the state of Texas. In 2011, SEG honored him with Life Membership. He represented SEG on the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Technical Committee from 2006–2012, serving as OTC general technical chair in 2012. He also served as SEG representative on the International Petroleum Technology Conference Board from 2010–2021, including board chairman from 2017–2019. More recently, he was vice president on the SEG Board of Directors from 2021–2022. Reilly currently represents the Geophysical Society of Houston on the SEG Council, is a member of the IMAGE ’24 Steering Committee, and is a mentor in the SEG EVOLVE program. In addition, he is an SEG Foundation Trustee Associate.

Position statement 

It has been clear for some time that SEG must increase membership and provide more value to members while remaining fiscally responsible. As simple as it sounds, it will take the creativity and commitment of our entire community to identify and create new programs, expand the member base, and secure new revenue sources. It also necessitates a formal planning process to allow new programs to be accommodated within our finite resources.

If elected, I will focus on expanding our global footprint through the attraction of new members and increased sponsorship and collaboration with society partners. I will also ensure that we develop a specific strategy to grow in the areas of near surface, mining, fiber-optics sensing, and new energy sectors without detracting from our core strengths.

To maintain the quality of our publications, we need new ways to deliver and provide additional resources to our members. For example, although IMAGE provides value for attendees, most of our members have limited access to the presentations. I am therefore currently leading an effort to make some of the IMAGE presentations available online and will work to develop this initiative into a major new offering to members.

I am excited to work on these ideas but am also committed to active listening to ensure an open and inclusive environment. I will therefore seek to continuously engage the Board, the Council, SEG staff, and the membership at large. I look forward to serving our Society and contributing to its continuing success in the 21st Century.

Second Vice President

Aria Abubakar

Aria Abubakar

Aria Abubakar has been a member of SEG since 1998. He has volunteered for various SEG committees, such as the Distinguished Lecture (2014–present), Publications (2021–2023), and Research (member from 2015–present; chair from 2021–2023) committees. He has also been a director of SEAM since 2018 (chair in 2024) and an associate editor for GEOPHYSICS from 2011–2023. He was vice chair of the IMAGE Technical Program Committee (TPC) in 2021 and TPC chair of IMAGE in 2022 and 2023. For his professional service, he was recognized by SEG with the 2022 Honorary Membership Award.

Abubakar is active in sharing his technical knowledge and experience. He has served as the 2014 SEG North America Honorary Lecturer and 2020 SEG/American Association of Petroleum Geologists Distinguish Lecturer. He has authored/coauthored eight books/chapters, 120 journal papers, 240 conference papers, 60 conference abstracts, and 50 patent/patent applications. For his technical contribution to geoscience, he was given the 2022 Conrad Schlumberger Award by the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers.

Abubakar has spent more than 20 years in academia and the energy industry as a research and development manager, scientist, and engineer. He is currently the head of geophysics technology and scientific advisor for SLB worldwide. At SLB, he has had a variety of assignments in research, hardware, and software organization. He helped SLB established the data science organization in 2017 and served as the head of the organization until early 2024. As a technical contributor in 2011, he has been recognized as scientific advisor for geophysical imaging by SLB. A common thread through most of his career is his leadership in key geoscience topics such as electromagnetics, seismic full-waveform inversion, multiphysics inversion, and machine learning.

Abubakar holds a PhD in computational science (2000) and a master’s degree in electrical engineering (1997) from Technische Universiteit Delft in The Netherlands.

Position statement

SEG is the leading organization in applied geophysics. I feel honored to be nominated for second vice president and am grateful for the trust.

Over the past few years, the field of applied geophysics has undergone significant changes due to conditions in oil and gas, along with effects from the pandemic. In addition to the oil and gas sector, applied geophysics can also play a major role in carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS); geothermal; and energy alternative such as wind farms and solar.

If I am elected, I would like to focus on geophysics technology adoption and evolution for these evolving areas. Our work in the oil and gas sector is directly applicable (or with some small adjustments) to CCUS and wind-farm site characterization and monitoring, as well as geothermal. I would like to support SEG initiatives in this respect and strengthen this message, especially for students and young professionals. This should be done not only with workshops and meetings, but also by utilizing the wealth of knowledge in SEG technical communities.

Other areas of my focus will be to support SEG efforts to make IMAGE the geoscience event of the year, help promote SEG journals to continue to be the most desirable vehicle to publish recent work in applied geophysics, and to improve collaboration between SEG and other societies for extending technical breath and geography reach.

Chester J. Weiss

Chester J. Weiss

Chester J. Weiss is the recipient of the 2022 SEG Near-Surface Geophysics Technical Section Harold Mooney Award for his technical excellence and long-term tireless support in the near-surface geophysics community. Weiss is a U.S. National Laboratory scientist who has shaped his career around the core values of connecting and advancing the people and science of geophysics. He earned a PhD in geophysics in 1998 from Texas A&M University.

His service to the SEG community began shortly after graduation, when he coconvened annual meeting sessions on borehole geophysics, hydrogeophysics, near-surface geophysics, and electromagnetics (2002–2005). He was the associate editor of Geophysics from 2009–2011 and 2016–2020. Weiss served as coconvener for annual meeting sessions in 2019 and 2023. He was a member of the Organizing Committee in 2022. In 2018, he served as chair-elect of the Near-Surface Geophysics Technical Section and led efforts to actively recruit early-career geophysicists into the section’s community, which is still vibrant and flourishing. In 2020, he joined The Leading Edge Editorial Board, where he was elected as chair in 2022 and re-elected in 2023. Concurrently, he serves on the Research Committee and as SEG’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee ambassador for The Leading Edge.

Now at Sandia National Laboratories by special appointment as a distinguished member of the technical staff (adjunct appointment, University of New Mexico), he leads Sandia’s efforts in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Orphaned and Abandoned Wells program. He previously held positions at Virginia Tech (associate professor), BP (scholar in residence), Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Greens fellow), and Cambridge University (visiting scientist). His expertise is sought across Sandia, industry, and academia to solve problems in subsurface imaging, optimization, and electromagnetics. He has actively mentored students throughout his career who now enjoy their own successful careers in universities, government laboratories, and the energy industry.

Outside of work he is a certified outdoor emergency care technician and ski patroller, while pursuing his lifelong passion for fitness and adventure with his wife and 10-year-old twin boys.

Position statement

First, allow me to express my deep humility for the opportunity to be entrusted with the role of second vice president on the SEG Board of Directors. As the instrument through which SEG executes its business, organizational, and legal affairs, actions of the Board shape not only the health and future of the Society, but also its relationship with peer professional societies in the geosciences and energy industry. The responsibility is indeed great and broad in its consequences.

As second vice president, I see my actions being informed by two principal lines of experience: my own professional journey working in industry, academics, and the national security interests of the U.S. National Laboratories; and, my prior leadership in SEG’s scholarly and community missions. These experiences have provided me with valuable insight into the varied perspectives within SEG and the SEG governance structure that gives members their agency.

My goal is to support SEG initiatives that promote global leadership in innovation, scholarship, inclusivity, and outreach across all generations and demographics of geoscience professionals. The emergent energy transition provides fertile ground for all of these initiatives through advances in resource exploration, its legacy, and its impacts. My passion is to ensure that SEG members are inspired and empowered to meet the challenges of this transition through the opportunities and resources of the Society.

Treasurer

José (Pepo) Arce

José (Pepo) Arce

Pepo Arce completed a bachelor’s degree in geology and geophysics from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1991 and a master’s degree in geophysical engineering from the University of Arizona in 1993. After completing his studies, he returned to his home country, Peru.

At present, he owns and operates Arce Geofísicos, a regional geophysical contracting and consulting firm for mining, near-surface, and groundwater applications. During the last three decades, he has expanded his firm to attain regional presence, with strong emphasis on the design, execution, processing, and modeling of geophysical information for a variety of geophysical methods.

Pepo has a long history with SEG. He became a member in the late 1980s and was president of the SEG student chapter in Rolla in 1990. Since then, he participated in all but two annual meetings. He chaired the Mining and Mineral Exploration Committee, Near-Surface Geophysics Technical Section, Meetings Review and Planning Committee, and Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. He also participated in the Latin America Regional Advisory Committee; Health, Safety, Security, and Environment Committee; Field Camps Committee; Evaluations Subcommittee; and AGU-SEG Collaboration Committee. He is a past member of the SEG Council, where he represented his district.

Pepo presided the Peruvian Geological Society from 2010–2011 and the Latin American Geological Congress in 2008, in which SEG actively participated. He also held previous positions of treasurer and was previously vocal on the Peruvian Geological Society’s board of directors.

He also participated in various positions within committees of the Society of Economic Geologists, where he currently is an active fellow member. Past positions include regional vice president for South America and member of the Nominating Committee, Fellowship Committee, and Council.

Position statement

Healthy finances are critical for any institution’s well-being, and SEG is no exception. In order to maintain high quality meetings, coursework, and publications, we need to maintain a safe and cautious control of our Society’s expenditures.

As SEG treasurer, I will safeguard our interests while trying to maintain growth from our Board’s decisions, so we will have a path of expansion to better serve our current and future members. My experience running a regional geophysical firm with continuous growth over the last decade will help me take the necessary steps to keep the best educational standards of our Society possible. Along the same line, investments should also be carefully studied and considered in order to safeguard our interests for the present and future.

If elected, I will maintain a conservative approach in the treasury. Expenses and investments will proceed first and foremost with our educational goals and always with the future of our Society in mind.

Xiaojun Huang

Xiaojun Huang

Xiaojun Huang has been an active member of SEG since the late 1990s. She has dedicated her time and expertise in various capacities. She has served on technical committees, acted as a reviewer, chaired sessions, mentored numerous young geophysics students and professionals, and contributed to a task force. Furthermore, since 2020, Huang has been serving on the SEG Foundation Board of Directors.

With more than 21 years of diverse experience in the energy industry at ExxonMobil, Huang has held key leadership positions across critical domains. From 2014 to 2017, she led one of the largest industry geophysics research programs, encompassing full-waveform inversion, seismic imaging and acquisition, seismic interpretation and inversion, reservoir characterization, petrophysics, electromagnetics, and microseismic. Her impact extends beyond research, as she led geophysics applications across the upstream. In 2017, she assumed the role of subsurface digital executive, leading the transformation of subsurface work processes and the technical ecosystem. She played a pivotal role in cofounding the Open Subsurface Data Universe (OSDU) with industry partners and the Open Group in 2018. The OSDU is the first large-scale industry collaboration in standards and tools for data sharing and integration. Huang’s contributions have garnered recognition, including the IBM Global Top 40 Women Leaders in AI Award in 2019.

Currently, she holds the inaugural role of chief engineer for modeling, optimization, and data science at ExxonMobil. In this capacity, she provides strategic direction in computational technology, operations research, data science, and artificial intelligence across upstream, downstream, low-carbon solutions, and corporate functions. Her team spans across the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, India, Malaysia, and Thailand.

Throughout her career, Huang has been instrumental in driving strategic shifts, technology development, and value delivery. Her vision extends beyond traditional boundaries, embracing the future of geophysics and its intersection with cutting-edge technologies. Huang’s unique background blends academic rigor with extensive international industry experience. This fusion fosters a global perspective and commitment to advancing applied geophysics through strategic collaborations and talent development. Beyond her industry roles, she also serves as a visiting committee member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Corporation. Huang holds a PhD in geophysics from MIT and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from Nanjing University in China. 

Position statement

As a longstanding SEG member since my student days, I am deeply honored to be nominated to run for the position of treasurer. My more than 21-year career at ExxonMobil has equipped me with financial acumen, strategic vision, and the power of collaboration.

If elected, I am committed to collaborating closely with members of the SEG Board, SEG Foundation Board, and SEG leadership. My primary goal will be to ensure SEG’s financial stability while proactively identifying growth opportunities. This is crucial to fulfilling SEG’s mission. I will focus on the following key areas:

  • Diversifying revenue sources: I believe in diversifying SEG’s revenue beyond traditional channels. By exploring innovative funding streams, we can enhance SEG’s financial resilience.
  • Global membership: Our diverse global membership is at the heart of SEG. I firmly believe that SEG’s vitality hinges on strategic investments in initiatives that directly address our members’ evolving needs. This commitment ensures that SEG remains both relevant and supportive.
  • Core mission and beyond: While maintaining SEG’s core mission, I am passionate about pioneering the value of applied geophysics beyond traditional oil and gas exploration and production. This includes exploring applications for low-carbon solutions and new industries.
  • Integration with transformative technologies: The world is rapidly changing and so is the field of geophysics. I will strategically integrate SEG with transformative technologies, including artificial intelligence and data science, to stay ahead of the curve.
  • Professional development and partnerships: SEG’s commitment to professional development and strategic partnerships is vital. I will work hard to strengthen these aspects, ensuring SEG’s continued growth and impact.

Together, we can propel SEG toward a vibrant and sustainable future. Thank you for your trust and support.

Director-at-Large

Uzonna O. Anyiam

Uzonna O. Anyiam

Uzonna O. Anyiam is an assistant professor of geophysics and environmental science at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. His research spans conventional/unconventional energy exploration, low-carbon geoenergy development, subsurface fluid storage, and induced seismicity monitoring. By using analytical, field, and computational geophysics methods, he contributes to understanding subsurface structures, trapping systems, and fluid flow. This aids in identifying optimal locations for sustainable energy sources and enhancing global energy security.

Anyiam has been an involved SEG member for more than 17 years. He served as student cochair of the Committee on University and Student Programs (CUSP) (2010–2015), vice president of the Oklahoma State University Geophysical Society (2014–2015), person of contact for CUSP in Africa and Asia (2020–present), member of the Membership Committee (2010–present), and vice chair of the Evaluations Subcommittee of the Student and Early Career Committee (2023–present). Notably, he chaired the Academic Program Committee during the 1st Asia-Pacific Geophysics Student Conference and led the 1st Chinese team in completing the EVOLVE program in 2020. These are experiences that underscore his commitment to harnessing inner strength in challenging times such as during the pandemic.

Anyiam has more than six years of oil and gas industry experience, in addition to his experience in academia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in geophysics from the Federal University of Technology Owerri (Nigeria), a master’s degree in geology with a geophysics concentration from Oklahoma State University (United States), and a PhD in geophysics from the University of Science and Technology of China (China).

Position statement

As a director at large, I will promote the following.

  • International sponsorship drive: Recognizing the reliance on domestic sources, I propose a strategic campaign to attract high-level international sponsors by promoting successful generosity initiatives. This effort aims to diversify and increase SEG’s sponsorship pool.
  • Academic talent integration: I commit to assist SEG in leveraging the vast geophysics talent in academia. Strengthening ties with academic institutions will foster a dynamic and thriving SEG community.
  • Energy transition support: I will actively assist in strengthening support for the energy transition to attract proactive Society members. SEG’s active involvement in sustainable energy advances shapes the geophysics community, fostering industry-academia connections.
  • Membership expansion in under-represented regions: To bolster SEG’s global presence, I propose active participation in geoscience conferences across continents. A flourishing international geophysics sector, particularly in under-represented regions, fosters a stronger SEG community, in line with its vision. I am dedicated to promoting this growth by supporting initiatives to engage young professionals and geophysics students globally. Drawing from my success in establishing SEG student chapters, such as the one at Nigeria’s Petroleum Technology Institute (which was victorious in the 2023 SEG Challenge Bowl World Finals), I emphasize their pivotal role in upholding SEG’s legacy.

Joseph O. Ebeniro

Joseph O. Ebeniro

Joseph O. Ebeniro has been a continuous member of SEG since 1979, when he joined as a student. Following graduation with a master’s degree and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986, he joined the faculty at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. There, Ebeniro and his colleagues developed, for the first time, a master’s program in the department of physics. After three years, he was appointed as a research fellow at ARCO Oil and Gas Company in Plano, Texas, where he participated in large offset data analysis and multiple suppression research for two years. He later returned to the University of Port Harcourt and rose to the rank of full professor in 1995, where he continues to mentor geoscientists and supervise students at master’s and PhD levels. These graduates are now leaders in the industry and professors in universities. In 2015, Ebeniro was appointed as the first substantive director of the newly created Centre of Excellence in Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Benin in Nigeria. There, he graduated students who were ready for the oil and gas industry. They have obtained positions in the industry without much further initial training and are doing well. Ebeniro recently retired as a university professor and is living a comfortable life doing other things of interest, especially mentoring professionals and giving invited lectures in geophysics.

Position statement

The nomination to serve SEG as a director at large is a great honor for me. I have served on the Membership Committee for more than eight years, and as a District 9 representative on the SEG Council for the last two years. I have thus been conversant on what it takes to serve the Society. Although the oil and gas industry is facing energy-transition challenges, fossil-fuel exploitation will be here for a very long time. SEG still has a lot of activities with fossil-fuel development, as well as transitioning to other needed areas of energy activities. All we need now is to diversify our base operations to focus more on environmental and near-surface geophysics to capture solid mineral exploitation, which has always been relegated to the background. Africa is going to be the major player in these new areas, especially with the exploitation of solid minerals, which abound in the continent. SEG should be in the forefront of the development of near-surface geophysics in Africa. Our students’ teaming population should be refocused and advised that exploration geophysics is a long-term subject that continues to serve humanity.

Director-at-Large

Joongmoo Byun

Joongmoo Byun

Joongmoo Byun received a master’s degree in applied geophysics from Seoul National University in South Korea in 1993 and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 2000. Since 2005, he has been a professor in the department of earth resources and environmental engineering at Hanyang University in South Korea. Previously, he was a research professor at Allied Geophysical Laboratories at the University of Houston and a postdoctoral fellow at the Earth Resources Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, working on borehole seismic and acoustic logging. In addition, he worked at SensorWise Inc. as a scientist in borehole acoustics.

Over the past two decades, Byun has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and more than 90 expanded abstracts and conference proceedings. His research focuses on machine learning-based techniques for various geophysical applications such as quantitative seismic interpretation, seismic trace interpolation, inversion, and carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) site characterization and monitoring.

Byun has been a member of SEG for 28 years. He served as a country representative for the Global Affairs Committee (2006–2008 and 2011–2018) and as a faculty advisor for the SEG student chapter at Hanyang University (2008–present). He currently serves as a cochair of the Technical Committee for the 3rd SEG/EAGE Workshop on Geophysical Aspects of Smart Cities.

Position statement

The energy transition and importance of the environment has led applied geophysicists, traditionally focused on oil and gas, to play a major role in various fields. Since 1930, SEG has inspired applied geophysicists, and it is now imperative to provide inspiration and guidance to younger generations. It is a great honor to be nominated for the position of director at large. If elected, I would like to support SEG by

  • Developing a strategy to collaborate with our sister societies to attract the activities of global members
  • Promoting educational programs and workshops that explore the use of geophysical technologies in geothermal energy, hydrology, CCUS, and wind-farm site characterization and monitoring
  • Devising practical methods to help students and young professionals develop their careers through the activation of student chapters, mentor programs, and career-development coaching
  • Facilitating essential collaboration between academia and industry to develop and advance innovative technologies in applied geoscience and engineering

Sandeep Kumar Chandola

Sandeep Kumar Chandola

Sandeep Kumar Chandola is currently the chief geophysicist at PETRONAS Exploration. He leads a diverse team of more than 120 bright geophysicists who deliver value-adding solutions to core exploration and production and new energy businesses. He has more than 39 years of experience in the petroleum industry in various technical and leadership roles within PETRONAS and ONGC. His key contributions include championing new technologies at both companies to address exploration- and development-related challenges. He brought new momentum to the capability development initiative for young talents in PETRONAS, through the world-class Geoscience Capability Development program, which has benefited more than 4000 participants. Earlier this year, he led his team to launch the first fully cloud-based green geophysical computing platform in Malaysia, boasting a two-times-fold increase in PETRONAS’ geophysical computing capacity.

Chandola is a member of the board of the International Petroleum Technology Conference. He is an active member of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers; Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists; Society of Petroleum Geophysicists, India; Board of Geologists Malaysia; and SEG. He has served SEG in various capacities and is currently cochair of the Asia Pacific Advisory Committee. He was SEG’s Honorary Lecturer in 2014. Chandola has more than 70 international publications and is the recipient of the prestigious National Petroleum Management Award conferred by the government of India in 2005. He was nominated last year as a candidate to serve as an SEG director at large.

Chandola received a master’s degree in physics in 1984, followed by a specialized diploma in petroleum geophysics from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee in 1985. He greatly enjoys fitness and works actively to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion on platforms such as the Women’s Global Leadership Conference and POD mentoring program at PETRONAS. He strongly believes that everyone should dream, as dreams do come true.

Position statement

It is an honor to be nominated for the position of director at large. During my three-decade association with SEG, I have served as a catalyst for expansion and engagement across several regions, particularly for establishing an SEG office and regional advisory committee for the Asia Pacific region. SEG is going through a transformation and has a pivotal role in future proofing our geoscientists through the challenges posed by the energy transition. These challenges have raised concerns among geoscience students and professionals about their future. As representatives of professional societies, industry, and academia, we need to collaborate and support our geoscientists in upskilling and reskilling themselves through knowledge sharing and adaptive learning to prepare for the new tomorrow.

Given the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors, I will work closely with my fellow members on the following priorities:

  • Further enhance diversity and inclusion in SEG, particularly through representation for young professionals, as they are our change agents for the cultural transformation
  • Foster regional collaboration within SEG and other professional societies to increase our collective reach and impact
  • Rejuvenate student chapters by working closely with stakeholders and future proofing our students and early-career professionals against the winds of change

Nominees for District Representatives

In addition to the Board of Directors election, all Districts are holding elections for one new representative.

District 1

Haibin Di

Haibin Di

Haibin Di is a senior data scientist in Digital Subsurface Solutions at SLB, based in Houston. His work revolves around deep learning solutions for subsurface interpretation with applications to both oil and gas field exploration and new energy site characterization. He has authored about 100 journal papers and conference proceedings. Prior to joining SLB in 2018, Di was a postdoctoral fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his PhD in Geology from West Virginia University in 2016.

Di has been a member of SEG since 2013 and has been active in organizing/attending SEG activities. He was on the organizing committee of the SEG Research Workshop “Data Analytics and Machine Learning for Exploration and Production” in May 2022, the IMAGE ’22 postconvention workshop “W-8: Machine Learning in Accelerating Energy Transition and Enabling Low-carbon Economy” in September 2022, and the IMAGE ’23 postconvention workshop “W-12: Recent Challenges, Advances, and Future Applications of Machine Learning in the Geosciences” in August 2023. He also contributed to the SEAM Artificial Intelligence project as a member of the management committee from May 2021 to February 2023, the special technical committee from November 2022 to February 2023, and the benchmark task force from May 2023 to October 2023. He currently serves on the SEG Research Committee, the Technical Program Committee of IMAGE ’22-’24, and as an associate editor for Geophysics, Geophysical Prospecting, and IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters.

Position statement

The community of applied geophysics faces both new opportunities and new challenges. The former comes from digital transformation, which has great potential to automate the process of oil and gas exploration and accelerate the journey of renewable energy development. The challenge rises from the reduced interest from the younger generation in pursuing studies and careers in applied geophysics, which is primarily due to the misunderstanding and misalignment between applied geophysics and fossil energy. As the SEG leadership district, District 1 shall make a good example for both. If elected as a District Representative, I will work toward:

  • Promoting the understanding and positioning of artificial intelligence into geophysical workflows to make its best impact
  • Promoting the values and contributions of applied geophysics in renewable energy development and gaining the young generation back to study applied geophysics

Sharon Teebenny

Sharon Teebenny

Sharon Teebenny is a business development manager driving the digital transformation of seismic processing at SLB. She has held many positions in geophysics focused on integration for more than 20 years, ranging from product champion to operations integrity. She has a BSc in physics from the University of the West Indies. She has a wide range of experience integrating seismic with nonseismic measurements to reduce uncertainty in the subsurface and its derivative products. This has allowed her to collaborate and work with clients from Australia to the Middle East and the Gulf of Mexico. Teebenny is also involved in technology development of new solutions to enable efficiency and high-quality subsurface volumes. She has been a member of SEG since 2006, is currently chair of the Health, Safety, Security, and Environment (HSSE) Committee, and is a member of the Latin America Regional Advisory Committee. She was a coauthor of the 2013 Best Paper in The Leading Edge to highlight one of her main achievements.

Position statement

As the industry transforms digitally and transitions toward new energy solutions, it is important to emphasize the role that geophysics plays in this change. My goal is to help the upcoming generation understand and embrace these changes. I want to be able to

  • Empower members to be a part of this change by leading educational activities
  • Strengthen the environmental arm of the HSSE committee as we go through this transition
  • Enable alignment of digital and sustainability goals to enhance the future of SEG
  • Lead inclusivity and equality at all levels of the industry

District 2

Hector San-Martin

Hector San-Martin

Hector F. San-Martin holds MSc-D.I.C. degrees in mineral exploration from Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London and a BSc in geological engineering, Universidad Central, Quito Ecuador. He spent the first years of his professional career working in Ecuador, with Ecuadorian Geological Survey and as a consultant, doing geologic field mapping and mineral exploration. He is coauthor of the first Metallogenic Map of Ecuador, 1980. Subsequently, he moved to petroleum geology, working in Ecuador and later international locations in exploration, development geology, and 3D geologic static modeling for resources-reserves estimation and simulation and the support of field development and production. His international experience covers projects in diverse basins in the Americas, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and West Africa. Currently, he is a managing partner at Petroleum & Minerals, L.L.C., a consultancy-services company to the gas, oil, and minerals industries, based in Katy, Texas. During his career, he has always been a strong advocate for the energy industry and for the utilization and responsible use of natural resources, in particular, hydrocarbons and minerals.

Position statement

Thank you for the nomination. I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for SEG Council, District 2. I have been a Special Advisor to the SEG Council for the last two years 2022–2023. I joined SEG in 2005 while working as a full-time employee with Petronas Carigali, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Even though the hydrocarbon, gas, and oil industry are currently facing a challenging time as a result of the energy transition, it is my opinion that gas and oil will remain and will continue to be key, and very important components of the energy industry. To respond to the increasing global demand for energy in the present time and the years ahead, seismic, and especially 3D seismic (reservoir geophysics), will become one of the most important tools to assist geoscientists in improving subsurface imaging to increase the recovery of resources and eventually reserves of gas and oil in existing producing gas and oil fields. Similarly, 3D seismic (reservoir geophysics) is also applicable to the support of new technologies for the future of energy: critical minerals, carbon capture, and geothermal. SEG, as the leading society of applied geophysics, will continue to play a major role in supporting global energy. I am ready for the challenge and will continue with my support to SEG.

Kristie White

Kristie White

Kristie White completed a bachelor’s degree in geophysics from Texas Tech University (1997) before receiving a master’s degree in geophysics from the University of Oklahoma (2000). She started her career with Fugro Seismic Imaging Inc. (2001) in Houston as a seismic processing geophysicist until that company’s merger with CGG (2013). She continued her career as a senior processing geophysicist at TGS (2014). She is currently a senior software support geophysicist at Shearwater GeoServices (2022) for the Reveal seismic processing software.

For the early part of her career, she primarily processed 2D and 3D high-resolution marine seismic surveys that were required by companies prior to drilling in the Gulf of Mexico for both the United States and Mexico. She eventually started working on large-scale 3D marine exploration surveys, both narrow and wide azimuth. She has had the opportunity to work on projects in the Gulf of Mexico (United States and Mexico), California, Alaska, Canada, Benin, Tanzania, Trinidad, Venezuela, and Colombia. She currently is applying her years of experience in the industry to provide support, training, and testing with the Reveal software.

White has been a member of SEG since 1998, attending many of the conferences throughout the years as well as many talks and courses. She was an abstract reviewer for Seismic Processing: Emerging Technologies session for the 2018 and 2019 SEG Annual Meeting.  She is also a member of the Geophysical Society of Houston.

Position statement

I am extremely honored to be nominated to run for District 2 Representative for the great state of Texas. Our industry is experiencing a transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies at a rapid rate, but fossil fuels are still an important part of this industry. Even with this transition, we need to continue to understand what is below the surface — whether this is for carbon capture and storage, underground storage of other waste materials, geothermal systems, mining, or wind farm foundations. As a District Representative, I hope that I can help strengthen our scope, including upcoming off-planet missions to the moon and Mars, while continuing to honor our connections to the energy industry. And we need to foster our passion about understanding what is beneath our feet to the younger generation. I would also like to see our membership be more beneficial than just publications and conferences that would encourage more technical development.

District 3

Janel Andersen

Janel Andersen

Janel Andersen is a senior geophysicist with Chevron, working the Permian Basin. Prior to Chevron, she was with PDC Energy and Anadarko in Denver, working exploration and development across the Rockies and the Permian. Before moving to Denver, Andersen worked for ExxonMobil in Houston and Midland on plays and assets around the world, primarily specializing in quantitative interpretation of unconventional plays, including shales, tight sands, and carbonates. She received a BS in geophysics from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and a MS in geoscience from the University of Alabama where she worked on the glacial history of Ross Sea, Antarctica. Andersen has been a member of SEG since 1999, served on the IMAGE 2020 committee as the Applied Science Education Program chair, and has been a session chair at past meetings. She has been a member of the Denver Geophysical Society since moving to Denver and has served on that society’s board as secretary. She has also devoted much of her time and energy to volunteering with the Reservoir Characterization Project at Colorado School of Mines.

Position statement 

Geophysics’ role in the world is ever evolving, and SEG needs to respond to this. We also have a future supply shortage, with students choosing to either not major in the field or work in it after graduation. My goals as a District Representative would be:

  • To promote geophysics to students at all levels and encourage involvement in SEG
  • To make SEG membership more than just publications and yearly meetings
  • To support the transition into renewables, including carbon capture, utilization, and storage; hydrogen; geothermal; etc., while keeping in mind the importance of petroleum (both for energy and petrochemicals) to our past and foreseeable future

Dan Hollis

Dan Hollis

Dan Hollis currently holds two part-time positions: director – business development (Americas) at Sisprobe SAS and research associate at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP) at the University of California San Diego. Hollis was one of the founders of Sisprobe, a 2017 start-up that offers passive seismic imaging and monitoring services using ambient seismic noise in several markets: energy and mineral resources, seismic hazard assessment, and geotechnical applications. At IGPP, Hollis works on passive seismic monitoring of earthquake faults using ambient seismic noise. His 44-year career in industry has been with geophysical service companies in positions ranging from geophysicist to company administration. Hollis joined SEG in 1984 and is currently key technical contact for the Society’s Mining and Mineral Exploration Committee and a member of the SEG Committee for Passive Seismic. Hollis was general chair of the 2018 SEG Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California. 

Position statement 

I am honored to be considered for District Representative in District 3. SEG has been a key influence in the success of my career and my goal in all my work within SEG is to maintain the quality services and opportunities provided by SEG for its membership and, by extension, the whole global geophysical community. As representative, it will be my responsibility to reach out and listen to the ideas and concerns of those SEG members that I represent and advocate for those within the SEG Council and SEG organization.

District 4

Olusoga Martins Akintunde

Olusoga Martins Akintunde

Olusoga Martins Akintunde joined SEG in 2002. He received his PhD in geological sciences (2013) from the University of South Carolina, an MS in geophysics from Stanford University (2005), and an MTech in exploration geophysics (1997) and a BTech in applied geophysics (1992) from Federal University of Technology Akure. He is a senior geologist with Leidos in Reston, Virginia. Akintunde also has significant geophysical work experience and contributions with TGS where he worked for seven years and WesternGeco-Schlumberger in Houston where he worked for about four years. He was a faculty member in geophysics at the University of Lagos from 1998 to 2002. He also previously taught as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. Akintunde has reviewed for Geophysics, The Leading Edge, the AAPG Bulletin, and other geoscience journals. He was the president of the University of South Carolina Geophysical Society from 2011 to 2012. He was part of the SEG-SEAM CO2 Advisory Group between 2020 and 2023 and has served as a special advisor to the SEG Council for the past two years. 

Position statement 

Our district needs significant outreach to schools and relevant professional organizations to attract new members and foster meaningful, robust engagement and collaboration. I am running for this position to get this done, to build on the accomplishments of the past years, to ensure the views and concerns of members are well presented and addressed at Council Meetings, and to ensure that decisions taken by the Council serve the good purpose and interests of our District. I have been serving on the SEG Council as a special advisor for the past two years, so I understand its roles, activities, and importance, and the ways our District can benefit and be well served. I am asking for and will appreciate your vote. Thank you.

Steve Sloan

Steve Sloan

Steve Sloan is a senior research geophysicist at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He specializes in near-surface seismic methods with research focused on defense and civil works problems, including void detection, counter improvised explosive device (C-IED) applications, and geophysical characterization of the shallow subsurface in austere environments around the world.

Sloan received a BS from Millsaps College, and an MS and PhD from The University of Kansas (KU) under Don Steeples. He has authored or coauthored more than 130 technical publications related to near-surface geophysics, and he actively supports undergraduate and graduate students through research positions at Millsaps and KU. He has served as the chair of the SEG Near Surface Technical Section and as a member of The Leading Edge editorial board, Field Camps Committee, Committee for University and Student Programs, and as the Near Surface representative on the SEG Council from 2015-2018. He is also a licensed professional geoscientist.

Position statement

District 4 covers a wide range, both geographically and technically, from Alaska to Florida and covering many different aspects of geophysics from oil and gas to mining to engineering and environmental applications, and everything in between. No one person can fully understand the challenges spanning that diverse of a membership cross section, but I hope to serve as a conduit for District 4 members to share their concerns, bring attention to them, and represent their interests to the best of my ability within the SEG Council and its leadership.

District 5

Carmen C. Dumitrescu

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 subsurface 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 has been involved in a variety of projects for subsurface characterization for oil and gas and for alternative energies. 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 chair of the SEG Earth Forum Committee (2014–2016) and chair of the SEG Meetings Review and Planning Committee (2016–2020). 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.

Richard Gray

Richard Gray

Richard Gray graduated from Durham University in the United Kingdom with a BSc in geology and geophysics. After graduating, Gray enjoyed 11 years at WesternGeco acquiring and processing seismic data from major basins worldwide while based in the United Kingdom, the United States, Mexico, and Canada. He then spent nine years as the seismic processing team lead and geophysics operations manager at Chevron Canada where he was involved in design, planning, acquisition, and processing of geophysical programs on- and offshore across North America for exploration and development assets. He led his team to implement new technologies to better understand subsurface complexity, which added significant asset value.

After a brief stint in production operations at a craft gin distillery, Gray is currently consulting for several clients supporting the development of integrated subsurface plans for large-scale carbon capture and storage projects and acquiring seismic in North America.

Gray is active in the Canadian geophysical community through the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) and was previously involved in organizing the CSEG symposium, high school outreach for the Canadian Association of Geophysical Contractors’ “Seismic in Motion” program, and from 2018 to 2021 was a member and then chair of the Canadian GeoConvention Board. For the last year, he has been a special advisor to the SEG council.

Position statement

The application of high-quality geophysical methods integrated with other disciplines is crucial in a changing energy landscape. SEG has a continuing role communicating the value of integrated geoscience, from a sound financial footing, through:

  • Public and educational outreach that highlights the value of integrated geoscience to society to encourage the earth scientists of tomorrow
  • Organization and promotion of inclusive forums for members to learn and share experiences in all aspects of geophysics
  • Embracing the diversity of members and highlighting the role geophysics has in supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals addressing some of the 21st century’s major challenges

District 6

Christy Nandlal

Christy Nandlal

Christy Nandlal holds a significant career as a chief field geophysicist with more than 18 years of experience supporting geophysical operations in marine seismic and survey exploration internationally. She has spent the last four years of her career dual specializing as a marine senior geotechnical engineer assisting with wind farm geotechnical campaign execution, mainly in the North Sea.

As an industry veteran she has worked for marine seismic service companies WesternGeco, Fairfield Geotechnologies, Polarcus, and Fugro, both directly and on a freelance basis. She has also worked for the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, MMT, Ocean Infinity, Next GeoSolutions all to execute and oversee the marine geotechnical campaigns onboard the vessels.

Professionally affiliated with SEG and its subsidiary Latin America Regional Advisory Committee (LARAC) contributing technical expertise in topics of survey designs, data acquisition, and onboard data Processing in marine seismic. She is a member of SEG’s Health, Safety, Security, and Environment (HSSE) Committee, contributing to the revamp and alignment of the SEG adoptions with transition and renewable energy inclusions in SEG.

She currently volunteers with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Young Professionals, the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the University of the West Indies Geosciences program giving technical lecturers in marine exploration geophysics. Other areas of expertise include QHSE and maritime polices/laws, trade compliance, logistics, as well as global oil and gas markets/operations.

Position statement

Having a passion for developing technical expertise and visibility within District 6 Latin America & Caribbean, my main goals will be:

  • Bringing visibility back to LARAC by engaging current members and introducing new and young members to participate in building the SEG LARAC community
  • Focusing on the young professionals and student body groups to encourage participation to build the new generation and face of the changing SEG landscape
  • Including the integration of transitionary energy topics and renewable energy explorations to assist with SEG adaptions in the needs of today but still holding on to our core hydrocarbon exploration base

Itzamna Gonzalez

Itzamna Gonzalez

Itzamna Gonzalez completed a bachelor’s degree in geophysical engineering at National Autonomous University of Mexico in 2006. In 2007, she joined the oil and gas industry with SLB in exploration and production projects in Mexico and Latin America. Her experience includes consulting characterization projects with Pemex in Gulf of Mexico basins such as as South, Veracruz, Tampico-Misantla, Chiapas, and Burgos basins. She has worked on carbonates and sandstones sequences from Mesozoic and Tertiary reservoirs. In 2018, she shifted to unconventional resources projects in the Vaca Muerta Basin in Argentina where she was responsible for geological and geophysical modeling of different assets. In 2022, she moved to field development planning projects with Pemex to identify workover candidates and new well drilling locations and to update field development plans. Gonzalez has been a member of SEG’s Latin America Regional Advisory Committee since 2018.

Position statement

It is a great honor to be a part of SEG and to be nominated to serve as a District Representative. I would like to contribute to promoting SEG membership and to extend communication with not only the oil and gas industry but with a more diverse community worldwide.

District 7

Kai Gruschwitz

Kai Gruschwitz

Kai Gruschwitz obtained his master’s degree in geophysics at Technical University Clausthal, Germany in 1993. Upon graduation he became a seismic processing geophysicist with Shell in the Netherlands, working on both on- and offshore 2D seismic processing internationally. After nearly five years with Shell, he moved to Veba Oil in Germany where he worked as an exploration geophysicist and seismic interpreter primarily in offshore Netherlands and Venezuela. In 2000 he transferred to Veba Oil in the United Kingdom (which was acquired by Petro-Canada in 2002) where he worked as a Senior Geophysicist offshore UK. In 2006, he joined Norsk Hydro’s North America Exploration department in Oslo, and soon after the merger with Statoil, he moved to Calgary to join the Flemish Pass Exploration team. There he spearheaded pioneering work opening a new Jurassic play fairway, leading to giant oil discoveries such as Bay du Nord. After eight years with Statoil, he joined Lukoil in the United Kingdom as chief geophysicist for international new ventures, exploring offshore Norway, Brazil, and West Africa, among other exciting ventures.

After the closure of Lukoil’s London office in 2018, Gruschwitz started his own geophysical consultancy business with a focus on onshore gas and helium exploration, most recently as technical director at Helium One Global.

Gruschwitz has been an active member of SEG since 2007 and is also involved in local societies such as the Geoscience Energy Society of Great Britain’s geophysical special interest group and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers London chapter. His passion for geophysics and keen interpretational skills are key to his enduring desire to bring the next generation into this exciting profession. 

Position statement

Exploration for alternative energy sources, minerals, and noble gases often requires acquisition and processing of non-seismic geophysical data. Through professional endeavors and participating societies, we can bring a vast new horizon to the members of this esteemed line of work and spark the curiosity and imagination of countless stakeholders. I would be honored to help us pave the way on this journey into the depths of the earth and our society dedicated to mapping humanity’s treasured heritage of the natural world.

My commitment to you and my action plan to enable the continued growth and health of District 7 is based deeply in my experiences in the Norwegian and UK market and exploration space:

  • I aim to safeguard and capture the unique perspectives and skilled expertise of our members to bring the Society to expansion and further the mapping of our knowledge base. Our history of thought leadership and critical scientific work contained within the discoveries of the past, have always underpinned our modern work in this field. Therefore, capturing your views and empirical findings is how I wish to embrace and plan the dynamic future in the market economics and humanitarian projects we are preparing to enter.
  • I promise to expand our operations and profile based on existing strategies and thereby secure our current strengths. The past can help us create solid financial plans, but past performance does not predict future performance. Only by keenly understanding our strengths and weaknesses can we reframe the current discussion and bring alignment to our short-term growth plans. The experience I have as a leader in various teams has given me the cultural sensitivity and change management expertise to secure the transition.
  • Lastly, I will think long term, using my strategic management abilities to plan the long-term business approach of the Society.

Phil Mollicone

Phil Mollicone

Phil Mollicone is an independent oil and gas geophysicist. He has recently been working on the emerging Zechstein oil play of the UK Mid-North Sea High and brown-field opportunities in the UK Southern and Central North Sea. He was head of geophysics for Sterling Resources. Before that, Mollicone was Aberdeen head and then global head of geophysics for the consulting firm Senergy, and he was principal geophysicist at RML, Senergy’s predecessor. He was a consulting geophysicist with Martin Moffatt in Cambridge, UK. He has also held interpreting geophysicist roles for Occidental in London, Cities Service International and Van Dyke in Houston, and Amoco in Denver. He has worked on projects across the UK and Dutch North Sea, North Africa, on/offshore Romania, in-shore Angola, Eastern Med, Qatar, Kurdistan, the South China Sea, and U.S. Frontiers. Mollicone has a BA in geology from the University of Colorado. He is a member of SEG, the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, the Geoscience Energy Society of Great Britain, the Geological Society of London, the Scottish Geology Trust, and the European Geosciences Union.

Position statement

Geophysics practice in northwest Europe is adapting to a challenging environment where companies are downsizing, merging, and moving away from exploration and production. Student populations and course offerings are also declining. I want to help SEG help its members move forward in this time of transition. My hope is to fairly represent the views and concerns of the inclusive Northern European geophysics community to the SEG Board. To that aim, I invite participation, ideas, and discussion from geology and geophysics professionals, academia, students, vendors, and related interests to help identify and address the issues we face.

District 8

Panos Doulgeris

Panos Doulgeris

Panos Doulgeris is an accomplished geoscientist and entrepreneur who is deeply enthusiastic about leveraging cutting-edge technology for exploration. He earned an engineering diploma from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece, and completed his PhD in geophysics at TU Delft in the Netherlands. He is one of the founders of Delft Inversion and presently holds the position of managing director, with a focus on overseeing the organization’s overall performance and global operations.

Doulgeris is a firm believer in the power of technology and geosciences to promote a more sustainable energy future. His involvement in developing reservoir characterization projects across the globe has given him the opportunity to collaborate with professionals from various scientific and ethnic backgrounds, leading to valuable insights into the significance of diversity and shared values within the community. He takes pride in being a father of two wonderful boys, and he currently resides in Greece. 

Position statement

The evolving energy landscape presents us with an opportunity for transformation and growth as we tackle new challenges with a combination of our existing skill set, innovation, and creative thinking. This is a pivotal moment for our industry, particularly in Europe, and we all have a vital role to play in making it a success. Let’s embrace this change with positivity and enthusiasm, knowing that together we can create a brighter future for ourselves and for generations to come.

District 9

Cyril D. Boateng

Cyril D. Boateng

Cyril D. Boateng is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Physics at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. With an MSc in geophysics from KNUST and a PhD in solid earth physics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, his postdoctoral work was conducted at the College of Geosciences, China University of Petroleum (East China) between 2018 and 2020. Boateng specializes in the application of machine learning in geophysics and leveraging geophysical methods to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. His pioneering research has attracted funding from prestigious organizations such as the International Development Research Centre, the Office of Naval Research Global, UNESCO-TWAS, and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In 2014, he spearheaded the 2nd African Geosciences Students Conference in Ghana. Currently, he serves as a special advisor to the SEG Council and has contributed to the EPIC Committee. Boateng recently led the inaugural KNUST SEG Field Camp, supported by the SEG Foundation, which aimed to explore the history of the slave trade in southeastern Ghana.

Position statement

SEG’s future lies in strategically empowering local chapters for maximum impact. Through programs that nurture strong community networks and mentorship programs, we can unleash talent and engagement, benefiting both local and global initiatives.

I propose focusing on:

  • Empowering local chapters to drive participation and organize impactful programs
  • Establishing robust mentorship programs to attract and retain the next generation of SEG members

As an SEG District 9 member with more than 10 years of experience building networks and organizing local programs, I am ready to contribute to this future-focused vision.

Charles Ofoegbu, the district 9 representative for SEG's Board of Directors

Charles Ononuju Ofoegbu

Charles Ofoegbu, the district 9 representative for SEG's Board of Directors

Charles Ononuju Ofoegbu

Charles Ononuju Ofoegbu obtained a BS degree from University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a PhD from University of Durham, Durham, United Kingdom in 1982, supervised by Martin Bott. After an initial stint with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation as a geophysicist, he moved into the university system, rising to become a full professor more than 30 years ago. As the leader of the Geophysics Research Group working with Joseph Ebeniro, he pioneered the postgraduate program in applied geophysics at Port-Harcourt.

Ofoegbu’s experience spans government, university, and industry. He was special advisor on mineral resources and environmental protection, Abia State; head, exploration research, NNPC (research and development); director-general/CEO, Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute; chairman, National Think Tank on Solid Minerals; project director/vice chancellor Catholic University of Nigeria (VERITAS University); and visiting professor, National Universities Commission. He is the chairman, Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO), member Presidential Committee on Earth Tremors, Chairman, Technical Committee, Oil and Gas Development, Anambra State. He was an Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow in 1988.

Ofoegbu has been a member/fellow of several professional bodies. He joined SEG as a student member in the 1970s and is now a Life Member. He has mentored and produced several MSc and PhD graduates, many of whom have held key positions in the extractive industry and risen to be full professors in different universities. He also served as the Nigerian chapter chairman of SEG. As an executive director of A-Z Petroleum, he over saw the acquisition and operation of oil blocks in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Senegal, and Ghana. He is presently the chairman, Anambra State Petroleum and Energy Resources Company Ltd. and managing director/CEO, Anambra State Solid Minerals Development Company Ltd. He is a recipient of several awards and honors. He has authored or coauthored more than 140 scientific publications and books. He is married with children.

Position statement

I consider my nomination to serve on the SEG Council as a Representative of District 9 an honor and a call to professional service.

The global dependence on fossil fuel in recent times is facing a downward trend. The economies of most developing countries like Nigeria are more than 80% dependent on oil and gas. Increasingly, emphasis is shifting to the solid mineral sector as a source of foreign exchange earnings and renewables as a source of energy for domestic and industrial use. Exploration and exploitation of solid minerals and renewable energy sources should be a major thrust for SEG moving forward. Ever-rising cases of natural and man- made disasters and attendant consequences, especially in developing countries, now calls for a more active involvement of geophysicists in engineering design of structure and planning. The state of training of geophysicists in developing countries, especially within District 9, leaves much to be desired. As a deliberate policy, SEG should support the education and training of geophysicists working with the universities, institutes, and centres of excellence within the District.

District 10

Wathik Alaaraji

Wathik Alaaraji

Wathik Alaaraji received a BSc in earth sciences from University College Cork in Cork, Ireland, in 1999 before obtaining an MSc in petroleum geoscience from Imperial College London (2001). In 2021, he completed an MSc with Merit in renewable energy systems technology at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. Alaaraji is a long-standing SEG member and a Fellow of the Geological Society of London. His current research interests and business development efforts are focused on the Middle East and North Africa region and include improving seismic acquisition efficiency in both shallow and deep marine environments as well as the advancement of near-surface imaging and full-waveform inversion in the region. With a foot in both conventional and renewable energy sectors, Alaaraji is passionate about pushing the sustainability envelope in the seismic industry and promoting the value of modern seismic acquisition and processing to both conventional oil and gas development and production, and carbon capture, utilization, and storage/renewables. He is based in the United Arab Emirates and over the last 20 years has worked in Oslo, Dubai, and Kuala Lumpur developing a significant portfolio of seismic acquisition and processing projects with a broad range of international and national oil companies. In addition to being a long-standing member of the SEG, Alaaraji has most recently been a member of a number of local SEG technical committees, helping to deliver SEG workshops to the geophysical community in the region.

Position statement

As a nominee for SEG District Representative within the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), I am dedicated to advancing both SEG and our profession through targeted initiatives, collaborations, and knowledge-sharing platforms to enhance professional development for this and the next generation of geophysicists, including targeted workshops, webinars, and dedicated mentorship programs and to further empower geophysicists at all career stages.

As our profession adapts further to the reality of the energy transition, there is ample opportunity both to advance exploration geophysics in the era of big data and new technology, while also seeking to apply conventional geophysical methods in relatively new areas such as carbon capture, utilization, and storage and renewable energy development (particularly wind energy). Ultimately, the aim is to consistently champion excellence in geophysics in the region, cultivate a culture of continuous learning and growth, and propel SEG toward greater relevance and influence in our ever-evolving industry.

Ibrahim Attia

Ibrahim Attia

Ibrahim Attia holds a bachelor’s degree in geophysics from Ain Shams University. He pursued a master’s degree and PhD in geophysics at the same institution. After completing his studies, Attia embarked on a successful career in the oil and gas industry. He began his employment as a geophysicist with GANOPE Holding Company where he conducted exploration activities focusing on hydrocarbons. He then joined Esh El Mallaha Petroleum Company and Offshore Shukeir Oil Company Company. Attia worked as a Gulf of Suez technical lead for EUG — Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources. Currently, Attia works for Enap Sipetrol as a senior geoscientist.

Attia is an active SEG member, serving on the Justic, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee since 2021 and as SEG Council Special Advisor since 2023. He is also a member of the board of directors at Egyptian Geophysical Society since 2023. Attia is an active member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and Geological Society of America, and is a member of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers. Throughout his professional career, Attia has published several papers and presented his work at international conferences in Egypt, Kenya, Switzerland, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia.

Position statement

As a district representative, I will dedicate my efforts and represent SEG’s best interests, ensuring the organization is well-positioned to extend its reach in the geologic and geophysical exploration fields. Furthermore, I will strive to enhance SEG’s reputation and position it as the leading platform for science and science education in our district. My primary goals are to:

  • Develop activities to serve and open new ventures in areas that require higher focus in our district
  • Develop the capabilities of geophysicists in the district through collaboration with SEG’s global branches
  • Focus on development of younger generations and support them in the field, mainly by encouraging participation with their communities
  • Enhance the expansion and distribution of SEG and its services in our district to serve the community in general and the geophysics community in particular

District 11

Ping Tong

Ping Tong

Ping Tong is an associate professor holding a joint appointment with the Division of Mathematical Sciences and the Asian School of the Environment at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. He also serves as a principal investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore. Tong earned his PhD in computational mathematics from Tsinghua University in 2012. Prior to joining NTU in September 2016, he held postdoctoral positions at the University of Toronto (2012–2014) and Stanford University (2014–2016). Tong is one of the main developers of the open-source software package, TomoATT, dedicated to implementing the adjoint-state traveltime tomography method and its variants. His research focuses on various aspects, including passive and active seismic imaging methods, passive and active electric methods, gravity methods, numerical modeling, inverse problems, and optimization. He applies his expertise to address challenges in earthquake seismology, geotechnical engineering, mining exploration, oil and gas exploration, and geothermal energy exploration.

Position statement

It will be my great honor to represent District 11. I am eager to contribute to the development of exploration geophysics in Southeast Asia. I am committed to actively engaging in discussions and initiatives that will shape the future of the geophysical discipline. Recognizing the significance of collaboration and knowledge-sharing, I will work closely with professionals and organizations. My goal is to make a meaningful impact on the community in District 11 and Southeast Asia, and to foster continuous development and success in exploration geophysics.

Jingjing Zong

Jingjing Zong

Jingjing Zong is an associate professor in geophysics at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. She earned her MSc and PhD degrees in geophysics from the University of Houston in 2014 and 2019, respectively. Prior to her graduate studies, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in applied geophysics from China University of Petroleum (East China). Following her doctoral studies, Zong pursued postdoctoral research at the National University of Singapore from 2019 to 2020. Her research focuses on the application of borehole seismology (particularly vertical seismic profiling) in applied geophysics and laboratory-based rock physics studies.

Zong actively serves SEG on the Research Committee, the Distinguished Instructor Short Course subcommittee, and as a session chair for rock physics sessions at the SEG Annual Meeting (2015–2018) and IMAGE (2023). Additionally, she has been a part of the technical committees for SEG workshops, including the 2nd SEG Borehole Geophysics Workshop in 2020 and the upcoming 2024 SEG Workshop on Fiber Optics Sensing for Energy Applications. Zong also serves as an associate editor for Geophysics and was a mentor for SEG’s EVOLVE program.

Position statement

As our community continues to face the challenges of energy transition, membership evolution, diversifying career paths, and the broadening spectrum of communication and learning methods, I propose the following priorities as the representative for District 11:

  • Encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration and contributions between academia, industry, and professional organizations within and beyond the community of applied geophysics
  • Enhance networking and research opportunities for young professionals, while motivating our experienced members to continue sharing their wisdom and steadfast commitment amid the ever-changing global economic climate
  • Promote student engagement in initiatives that build skills applicable to career prospects both within and outside the domain of applied geophysics
  • Improve the experiences of our online offerings, meetings, and lectures

District 12

Kim Frankcombe

Kim Frankcombe

Kim Frankcombe has been an SEG member since his final year of university in 1978. Since then, he has worked as a geologist and geophysicist for majors, service providers, and, for the last 27 years, as a geophysical consultant. He has been a reviewer for Geophysics and Annual Meeting abstracts and previously served on the SEG Council both as a representative of the ASEG and as a District Representative. For the past 12 months, he has been a special advisor to Council and is chairing a task force on the future workforce. He is secretary of the Australian Geoscience Council and is an honorary member of the Australian Society Of Exploration Geophysicists. In addition, he is a member of the Society of Economic Geologists, the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences, the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, and the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.

Position statement

Should I be elected, I will continue to advocate for the interests of SEG members with a focus on those in District 12. I will work with other councilors to enhance member engagement with the Society and the delivery of services by the Society to members.

Rob Ross

Rob Ross

Rob Ross is director geosciences and principal geophysicist at Model Geosciences and has been a geophysicist for more than 35 years in minerals and oil and gas. Ross graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BSc in geophysics and undertook postgraduate remote sensing studies at the University of New South Wales. He was a pioneering seismologist in oil exploration in Oman with Seismograph Service (SSL) for PDO and Shell. In Australia, he was a geophysicist for GSI on Esso’s Bass Strait projects and consulted to Alcoa R&D and Hamersley Iron. In conjunction with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Ross implemented the first Australian commercial satellite image processing system to locate prospective mineral exploration areas together with gravity, magnetic, and orebody modeling systems. He worked in oil exploration for BP before joining QatarEnergy to lead geophysics, geotechnical, research, GIS and geology projects in Qatar. Recently, Ross was research consultant geophysicist with Curtin University’s Exploration Geophysics Department.

Ross is currently vice president of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists Western Australia (ASEG WA) branch and was a member of the inaugural SEG Middle East Advisory Committee (2012–2014). An Active SEG member since 2006 and platinum member of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, he has authored several papers and was SEG cochair for IPTC 2014.

Position statement 

  • Together with fellow ASEG WA branch committee members, I will continue to promote geophysics to the next generation by fostering student and early-career professional participation through educational booths at public career exhibitions and high school career-information sessions. In addition, I will continue to support student geoscience outreach and early career mentoring programs.
  • I will promote stronger links between SEG and ASEG regional branches and ensure ASEG is the first choice to host SEG Distinguished Instructor Short Course and Honorary and Distinguished Lecturer events.
  • I will promote geophysics research within SEG District 12 in the exploration for critical minerals; in carbon capture, storage, and monitoring; and in the use of artificial intelligence and digital twins.

To ensure an informed electorate, it is necessary for eligible voters to be aware of the qualifications of the candidates, their familiarity with the Bylaws, and their positions on issues important to the success of the Society. It is also important that the election process be fair to all candidates, and not result in division of the membership and nor in rancor in the candidates themselves or those that share some of their interests and perspectives. Rules governing the election process are provided in the SEG Election Campaign Policy.

Utilizing the authority granted in SEG Bylaws Article VI. Section 7, the SEG election process for 2024 will be advanced to accommodate SEG’s Annual Meeting taking place in August. Nominations in writing, signed by at least forty Voting Members and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate and a brief biography, ready for publication, may be submitted prior to 15 April. The biographies of the board candidates and their position statements are published on the SEG website and in TLE. Survey & Ballot Systems, Inc. will handle SEG elections again this year and will send ballots by 15 May. Eligible voters who have a valid e-mail address on file with SEG will receive personalized pass code information in an e-mail. Voting will end on 30 June with results announced mid-July.

Active, Emeritus, Honorary, Life, and Associate members are eligible to vote on all matters submitted to the membership; however members who have not paid 2024 dues by 1 May will not be eligible to vote in the 2024 election. Please e-mail [email protected] with questions regarding the election.

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