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 2021 – 2022 board of directors.
- Guillaume Cambois
- Kenneth Tubman
Guillame Cambois CV
Cambois served as SEG vice president in 2007–2008 and director at large from 2013 to 2016. He was a member and chair of several committees (The Leading Edge Editorial Board, the Research Committee and the board of SEG Global Inc.). He currently serves on the Distinguished Lecture Committee, the Finance Committee, and the SEG Council. 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. Position Statement SEG has been leading the field of applied geophysics for 91 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. But SEG needs to change. While the hydrocarbon industry will likely remain the largest user of applied geophysics for decades to come, it will be profoundly affected by the impending energy transition. International oil companies are already shifting toward renewable energy, casting doubts on the future of oil and gas basins with higher cost, environmental, or political risks. Our profession will still have a major role, but it will never regain the size of yesteryear. Professional societies, like their members, must adapt to this new reality and broaden their appeal.
SEG has many valuable assets but its reach pales in comparison to other societies, such as the Society of Petroleum Engineers. It is quite telling that our Annual Meeting has never ventured outside North America and our Foundation only offers tax benefits to U.S. residents. This must change if we want to continue fulfilling our mission. I believe that my technical background, my international experience, and my track record in leading change will benefit SEG going forward. I realize that all past SEG presidents were based in North America when elected, but perhaps this too should change!
Kenneth Tubman CV
He has held senior positions within ConocoPhillips (including vice president geoscience and reservoir engineering, vice president subsurface), Veritas DGC (senior vice president Veritas Hampson Russell, vice president geoservices), and Marathon Oil (vice president technical innovation.) He started his career with ARCO and has held various technical and management positions in the central functions and business units. A common thread though most of his career is involvement in technology delivery and development. Tubman holds a PhD in geophysics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Massachusetts. Position Statement I have been a member of SEG for more than 40 years. That emphasizes the honor I feel at the nomination to be considered for SEG President. Over those years, I have volunteered on multiple committees; however, it was my recent term as a Director at Large that gave me a much stronger appreciation for the Society, the value it provides, and the challenges we face. As an organization with significant connections to the oil and gas industry, SEG both benefits and faces challenges as that industry changes.
One approach to deal with this change is for us to be more creative and flexible in responding. Another is for us to position differently, broadening beyond just a single industry focus. We need to use both approaches to position our Society for the future. We have always had geophysical applications in other areas. The Near Surface Technical Section is one good example. That and other focus areas — such as carbon capture, utilization, and storage and medical applications — need to strengthen, deepen, and expand. These need to play stronger roles in our future. We need to strengthen our offerings in a number of ways appropriate for today’s environment. We can offer more than just meetings and publications. We can provide a strong community that gives our stakeholders access to knowledge, services, technology, and exchange of ideas. We need better representation across those stakeholders (technical and business) to be sure the community delivers its full potential. Inclusion across the spectrum and collaboration with other societies will make us stronger.
Vice President, Publications
- Douglas Foster
- Jeffrey Shragge
Douglas Foster CV
He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Santa Clara University, a master’s degree in geophysics from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and a PhD in geophysics from Columbia University. Position Statement SEG publications have been the standard of excellence in applied geophysics. The SEG Library of periodicals, books, expanded abstracts, the SEG Wiki, etc. are foundational for advancing our science. One of my main focuses would be maintaining and enhancing the technical quality of all SEG publications. This requires working closely with chief editors and editorial boards of all the journals: Geophysics, Interpretation, TLE, and published books. In the age of increasing communication, we must maintain technical standards rigorously to ensure relevance in our evolving environment. Another important focus would be expanding readership globally by working to increase access, while continuing to serve the current membership. The world is moving to more open access; however, this is not sustainable for ensuring the technical standards we currently maintain.
I would strive to make more material accessible, but not at the expense of diminishing the infrastructure currently in place at SEG. Finally, TLE does not have a “journal impact factor,” which discourages contributions from some academic members because they are evaluated, in part, based on where they publish. I would support TLE’s application to the Science Citation Index Expanded to achieve this status.
Jeffrey Shragge CV
Shragge is serving as the editor-in-chief of Geophysics and the chair of the Geophysics Editorial Board until 31 July 2021. Previously, he was an assistant editor (2013–2019) and associate editor (2009–2013) of Geophysics. Shragge also served on the SEG Publications Committee (2018–present), the Committee on University and Student Programs (2008–2020; Chair 2015–2018), the Field Camps Committee (2014–2018; Chair 2016–2018), the Travel Grants Committee (2010–2014; Chair 2012–2014), and has contributed to many other SEG committees. Position Statement Over the previous few years, the field of applied geophysics has undergone significant and rapid changes due to prevailing conditions in the oil and gas sector and experienced a growing emphasis on geophysical technologies associated with handling issues related to climate change and how humans interact with our environment.
As the leading society of applied geophysicists, SEG has a responsibility to continue documenting advances in the geophysical theory and practice of resource extraction and management, as well as to promote the development of novel technologies tuned to the needs of emerging domains of application. The Publications Portfolio must continue to develop and refine forward-looking publication strategies that maintain our position at the forefront of applied geophysics research. To these ends, I would support initiatives aimed at Developing a new open access (OA) journal, especially for authors facing OA mandates from funding sources Improving the disseminating speed of research articles to address increasing competition from preprint servers Providing a modern pathway for online publication of reproducible software and numerical experiments tied to research publications Improving diversity and inclusion within the Publication Portfolio, especially in regard to editorial board membership Supporting the Board’s efforts toward ensuring a financially sustainable Publications Portfolio
Second Vice President
- Aldo Vesnaver
- Joseph M. Reilly
Aldo Vesnaver CV
He served SEG as chair of the Membership Committee (2008–2009 and 2018–2019), Global Affairs Committee (2004–2006), and Honorary Lecturer (2010 and 2014). He served as an executive committee member for the Dhahran Geoscience Society (Saudi Arabia, 2002–2005) and the Emirates Society of Geosciences (United Arab Emirates, 2015–2018). He was an associate editor of Geophysics (2003–2006) and Geophysical Prospecting (2008–present), being the editor-in-chief of the latter (2006–2008). He initiated the SEG Challenge Bowl in Italy and contributed to it in the Middle East. He co-organized several SEG events such as the SEG-EAGE Summer Workshop (Italy, 2011), the Middle East GEO Conference (Bahrain, 2002 and 2004), and the SEG Annual Meeting as Global Chair (New Orleans, 2015). He is a Life member of SEG (2010) and an Honorary member of EAGE (2018). Position Statement I have been a proud SEG member since 1981 and would be honored to support SEG further. The COVID pandemic and the economic downturn are unprecedented challenges that are changing our profession. Geophysicists are accustomed to reacting rapidly to continued technical revolutions. We must once more use our ingenuity and creativity, by reducing costs and maximizing the impact of SEG activities. Networking opportunities and revenues of the Annual Meeting must be complemented with new ways of gathering people and advertising products. We can improve the existing SEG digital world, including online courses and interactive workshops, by creating subcommunities sharing common interests, scheduling periodic video conferences for online discussions.
The international SEG membership is growing, so we should strengthen the international offices, particularly in Asia. We need also a better gender balance, encouraging more women to join SEG. Students are the SEG future, and the experience of many of us is a precious legacy. Retired or senior geophysicists can contribute by volunteering and tutoring groups of students remotely. I am sure that the pioneering spirit of a few envisioning geophysicists that founded SEG, more than 80 years ago, will lead us out of the current hurdles, setting the ground for a stronger SEG.
Joseph M. Reilly CV
He has served SEG in many capacities: technical cochair of the 1996 SEG/HAGI Conference, a decade on the board of directors of the International Petroleum Technology Conference (an SEG/SPE/AAPG/EAGE corporation) including a term as chairman, SEG Technical Committee chair and 2012 Technical Program chair for the Offshore Technology Conference, and three terms as chair of the SEG Bylaws Committee. Finally, he has served as SEG conference paper reviewer and moderator for many years. In 2011, he was awarded Life Membership in SEG. Position Statement I open by saying what an honor it is to be nominated to run for the office of Second Vice President. As all are fully aware, numerous circumstances are occurring simultaneously that either threaten or provide new opportunities for SEG to deliver on its strategic pillars of Innovation, Digitalization, Preservation, Collaboration, Representation, and Contribution. SEG is designed as a member-driven society; success in achieving our goals will undoubtedly require the combined energy of the elected Board, Council, committees, and global membership working closely with staff, our sister societies, and potentially new partners.
What I can offer as a candidate for the Board is 41 years of industry experience and the global acquaintances and insight gained over those years. I would highlight two decades of experience in joint society activities working directly with their management, staff, and elected officers. Strategic decisions made in our joint activities have the potential to advance, or hinder, the technical, societal, and financial goals of SEG. I also have been directly engaged for the past several years in the challenges of natural and anthropogenic geohazards and carbon capture, utilization, and storage. I feel that I can add to the upcoming Board’s experience base in these evolving areas.
Director-at-large (2 elected)
- José R. Arce
- Sandeep Kumar Chandola
- Ana Curcio
- Leo Eisne
- Olga Nedorub
- Huasheng Zheng
José R. Arce CV
He has chaired the Near-Surface Technical Section and the Mining Committee, and he is currently chairing the Meetings Review and Planning Committee. He has also been a member of the SEG Council on three different occasions. Arce was president of the Peruvian Geological Society in 2012–2013 as well as chair of the Latin American Geological Congress in 2008, where the Society of Exploration Geophysicists participated. He also has participated in various positions within committees in the Society of Economic Geologists, where he currently is an active fellow member and Council member. Past positions he has held with the Society of Economic Geologist are Regional Vice-President for South America and member of the Nominations Committee. Position Statement SEG has had a long-standing involvement in all fields of exploration geophysics but has lost some ground to other societies, particularly from the mining and near-surface communities. Considerable effort has been focused in recent years on increasing our membership from within these groups with encouraging results. We need to continue and expand these efforts, with the help of our various committees and regional offices. The world is going through complicated times due to the pandemic, and SEG has to lead the evolution that scientific societies are going through currently.
This demands defining proper strategic planning and goals. Our Annual Meetings have fantastic presentations that we need to bring to more regions of the world through combined virtual and in-person meetings and workshops as well as cloud-based recordings of past presentations. We all hope the pandemic will ease at some point in the near future and we can meet again at our Annual Meetings. In the meantime, we need to be ready for the unexpected and be aware of all options, both technical and financial, to assure SEG’s continuous leadership as the worldwide standard in geophysics. Based on my professional as well as my SEG experience, I feel confident I can provide valuable assistance for our future steps.
Sandeep Kumar Chandola CV
Sandeep has given a new impetus to the capability development initiative within PETRONAS Exploration and successfully led his team to develop and implement the world-class Exploration Capability Development Programme, which so far has benefitted more than 700 geoscientists. Sandeep has been an active member of SEG since 1993 and is also a member of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, the Society of Petroleum Geophysicists, India, and the Board of Geologists Malaysia. He has served SEG in various capacities as a member of the Global Affairs Committee and as cochair of a Regional Advisory Committee. He is currently cochair of the Asia Pacific Advisory Committee. He was SEG Honorary Lecturer for the Pacific South region in 2014. He has been appointed recently to the board of the International Petroleum Technology Conference. Sandeep has more than 60 international publications and was conferred the prestigious National Petroleum Management Award by the government of India in 2005. 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 supported and 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 has a pivotal role to play in promoting geoscience and futureproofing our geoscientists through the current testing times. The challenges posed by the “black swan” and “gray rhino” (global pandemic and energy transition) have raised concerns among numerous geoscience students and professionals about their future. It is our collective responsibility, as representatives of professional societies, industry, and academia, to collaborate and support our geoscientists in upskilling and reskilling themselves through knowledge sharing and adaptive learning to prepare them for the new tomorrow. Given the opportunity to serve the Board, I will work closely with my fellow members on the following priorities: Making SEG a more diverse and inclusive organization in terms of gender, skillsets, geographic reach, and age groups Rejuvenating the student chapters of SEG by working closely with them and industry players to find efficient, cost-effective means of engaging students and early-career professionals as key stakeholders Strengthening intra- and intersociety collaboration within SEG and between SEG and other societies to enhance our collective reach in terms of geography and depth/breadth of domain expertise
Ana Curcio CV
Curcio is chair of the SEG Latin America Regional Advisory Committee, District 6 Representative, SEG Annual Meeting reviewer, and organizer of SEG Annual Meeting Business of Applied Geophysics sessions. She served as global cochair of the 2019 SEG Annual Meeting and SEG Council representative. Curcio is treasurer of the Asociación Argentina de Geólogos y Geofísicos Petroleros and is an International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy division VI committee member. Curcio worked for Schlumberger Brazil in hydraulic fracturing. Her exploration geophysicist position at PanAmerican Energy allowed her to develop skills in seismic interpretation (onshore, offshore, and deep targets) and unconventional reservoirs. At Petrobras, she led microseismic operations, anisotropy studies with vertical seismic profiling, pore pressure studies, and their integration with seismic and geomechanics. Her international consultancy activity is on electromagnetic methods, covering the entire scope of the technology spectrum. She reached leadership level and is proficient in supervising a field crew operationally and technically. She is also a postgraduate professor, lithium geosciences and technology, at UNLP-UNJ. Currently, Curcio is geophysical advisor for lithium/hydrocarbon exploration projects that include multiphysics prospecting. Her main area of interest is the integration of seismic and electromagnetics; applications for reservoir monitoring and hydraulic fracturing; elastic and electrical anisotropy; multiphysics integration; and lithium and rare elements exploration. Curcio is motivated to work on improving cultural and ethnic diversity. In addition to Spanish and English, she communicates in Portuguese and Chinese. Position Statement As SEG Director at Large, based in the roles of the position, my commitment will be: Connecting the world of applied geophysics.
I will contribute by detecting the technical gaps and necessities in different regions and promoting a network based on cultural and ethnical diversity. Here, interaction with District Representatives and Regional Advisory Committees is crucial. Inspiring student and young professional engagement. I will continue with the construction of a bridge between the new generation of young geophysicists and expert/retired geophysicists, encouraging them to inspire each other. Constructing a bridge between academia and industry. Energy transition. Promote education and opportunities for geoscientists. Growing the business. This will be a result of all actions described in 1–4. Gender equality: Continue supporting awareness of the value of a diverse workforce in the profession. Listen to women’s voices and thoughts, but also listen to men’s voices and thoughts, educating each other in professional coexistence. Some of these are extensions of the model I promoted as chair of the Latin America Regional Advisory Committee.
Leo Eisner CV
In 2010, he accepted the honorary position of Purkyne Fellow at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, where he worked till 2017. Eisner is a continuing education lecturer on microseismicity in oil and gas reservoirs for SEG and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE). His courses have had more than 500 attendees worldwide. He has led or advised three PhD and six master’s students. He has served as an associate editor for Geophysical Prospecting and Geophysics and is a board member of the Acta Geodynamica et Geomaterialia. He currently serves on SEG’s Membership Committee, chairs a local chapter of EAGE (SEG does not have 10 members in the Czech Republic), and has served on the Development and Production Committee. His papers and extended abstracts cover a broad range of subjects, including seismic ray methods, finite-difference methods, seismological investigations of earthquakes, induced seismicity and microearthquakes induced by hydraulic fracturing, etc. His peer-reviewed articles are cited more than 1100 times (H-index 17, WoS). He has also organized numerous workshops for SEG and EAGE. Position Statement SEG has positively influenced my professional development more than any other organization. The possibility to serve the Society is an honor, and I feel it is a duty to pay back for the great benefits I have enjoyed. I also want to help my fellow members and future generations enjoy all the opportunities offered by SEG as I have. COVID-19 and other recent changes pointed out that we need to embrace and improve online interactions and make efficient platforms for meetings, networking and discussions, and knowledge sharing. I have a list of challenges I would like to work on, all involving (but not limited to) younger generations: First of all, considered changes should motivate the community to cooperation, activity, and sharing.
I want to find out if SEG workshops can be less expensive yet maintain the quality and (for online) provide more opportunity to interact. Continuing education is essential, and I want to improve its online appeal. Local chapters are now online and thus more open to be not only local. I want to start similar chapters on a variety of subjects, especially for new clean technology trends. I want to investigate new technology training and interaction for young professionals. I want to improve benefits for long-term commitment to SEG.
Olga N. Nedorub CV
She believes that a thriving local presence and meaningful activities are crucial for a strong global organization. Nedorub earned a degree in materials engineering and design from the Taganrog State University of Radio Engineering (Russia), a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of South Florida, and a master’s degree in geoscience from the University of South Carolina. Outside of the geoscience world, Olga is an accomplished artist and is experienced in fundraising for large public art projects around Midland, Texas. Position Statement I take “exploration” in the Society of Exploration Geophysicists in its broadest definition of “the action of traveling through an unfamiliar area for the purpose of discovery of information or resources.” Like adventurers, for 90 years SEG members pushed the limits of the known. I am honored to be nominated to run for the position of Director at Large. If elected, I will work alongside my colleagues on the following three key components to ensure the longevity of the SEG: The global demand for geophysicists in all socioeconomic sectors is the foundation of a successful society. “Why do I need to hire a geophysicist?” is the priority question that SEG can address through education and public outreach. Geophysicists with steady employment form a strong membership base. “Why do I want to join SEG?” is the second question for SEG to address by improving its resources, training, networking opportunities, collaboration between business and academia, and value provided to communities. Geophysicists with an interest and purpose form a strong membership base. “What can we do better to support all applied geoscience professionals in all parts of the world, from our roots in the oil and gas industry to the emerging sectors?” By addressing this question, SEG solidifies its position as a trusted source for all energy and applied geoscience questions.
Geophysicists across the world form the SEG.
Huasheng Zheng CV
He has been actively involved in the social activities of the industry for his entire career while building a superb personal and working relationship with BGP’s clients, partners, suppliers, and professionals in the global energy industry through frequent and extensive interface. Position Statement It is a great honor to run for a Director at Large position on the 2021–2022 SEG Board of Directors. Once elected, I would focus on the following challenging issues facing SEG: To facilitate the globalization process of SEG, in order to better serve geophysical communities around the world, by education and technical publications To attract next-generation geophysicists globally, to collaborate with academia, resources companies, and service industries, and to provide professional training for early and mid-career professionals To prove SEG is an effective platform from upstream to downstream To facilitate the digital transformation of geophysical data via industrial and academic collaboration To enhance the international presence of SEG and to collaborate with local sister societies
Nominees for District Representatives
In addition to the Board of Directors election, all District are holding elections for one new representative:
- Cheryl Mifflin
- Neda Bundalo
Cheryl Mifflin CV
She is also working with BHP’s minerals groups to develop a new seismic paradigm that will improve on the subsurface structural resolution mapped by drilling. Throughout the years, she has seen the progress in seismic imaging gained from new technology, from 2D narrow azimuth to full-azimuth OBN and poststack time migration to full-waveform inversion.
Neda Bundalo CV
After graduation, she worked at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Mining and Geology, Marathon Oil, Anadarko Petroleum, and Occidental Petroleum. Her field of specialty is nonseismic methods. She served on the SEG Travel Grant, Meetings Review and Planning, and Gravity and Magnetics committees. In addition to SEG, she is a member of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, the American Geophysical Union, and the Geophysical Society of Houston.
- Kathryn Hardy
- Paul Anderson
Kathryn Hardy CV
In Houston, she worked as a consultant for numerous companies and finished her career as an exploration advisor for EPL/Energy XXI. Hardy has been a member of SEG for more than 40 years. She served as a District 2 representative from 2014 to 2015 and 2019 to 2020. As District 2 representative, she will strive to understand how the SEG Council decisions will affect the membership and vote for members’ best interests.
Paul Anderson CV
In 2006, Anderson joined Apache Corporation, where he worked in Canada and Australia with seismic data processing, interpretation, inversion, development drilling, microseismic, seismicity, and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) studies. In 2015, he moved to Plano, Texas, to join Denbury Resources on their CO2 and waterflood fields, working with both seismic and nonseismic methods. In 2017, Anderson joined Occidental Petroleum, where he initially was a part of the international appraisal team, working with assets in the Middle East. He later moved to EOR to support EOR and Low Carbon Ventures projects. Anderson has been a member of SEG since 1998 and has served on several formal and informal committees and teams within SEG, including EPIC, the Membership Committee, and the Annual Meeting Technical Program Committee.
- Christopher Ross
- Weldon h. Beauchamp
Christopher Ross CV
Ross began his career as a geophysicist with Amoco Production Company and has worked for various oil and gas companies and contractors as a special projects geophysicist and as a manager of technical groups. He received a PhD in geophysics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1992, a master’s degree in applied physics from the University of New Orleans in 1984, and a bachelor’s degree in geophysics from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1982.
He is a patent holder, has published a large number of cited technical papers on AVO and neural networks, and has received awards for presentations on similar topics. Ross is an active member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Geophysical Union, European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, and Society of Exploration Geophysicists and is a Texas Board Certified Geophysicist.
Weldon Beauchamp CV
During the last five years, he lived in London, working on projects in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. In 1993, Sun closed its offices in London and became a refining and marketing company. Beauchamp took the opportunity to return to school to earn his PhD in geophysics from Cornell University. His dissertation title was “The tectonic evolution of the Atlas Mountains, North Africa.” His research was funded by the Petroleum Research Fund and the Department of Defense. Beauchamp graduated from Cornell in 1997 and accepted a senior geophysicist position with ARCO International Oil and Gas Company in Plano, Texas. He worked in the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.
While in Texas, he taught structural geology, petroleum geology, and seismic interpretation for 10 years at the University of Texas at Dallas. He decided to become a consulting geoscientist in 2000, forming Atlas Exploration and Production LLC. Beauchamp has worked on a consulting basis for 21 years for major and independent companies. Currently, he lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, working on geothermal prospects in Nevada and New Mexico.
- Ray Earley
- Subhashis Mallick
Ray Earley CV
There, he has been involved in a variety of roles including seismic data processing, amplitude variation with offset, software and algorithm development, ongoing development of a unique potential fields lineament algorithm, and training in seismic data processing. He has served as president and second vice president of the Geophysical Society of Tulsa (GST), SEG Council representative from GST, and member of the SEG Real Estate Board
Subhashis Mallick CV
He received a bachelor’s degree in geological sciences in 1976 and a master’s degree in exploration geophysics in 1978 from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India. After being employed in India and Dubai from 1978 to 1983, he received a PhD in geology and geophysics from the University of Hawaii in 1987. Prior to joining the University of Wyoming in 2008, he worked at the University of Hawaii from 1987 to 1990, WesternGeco from 1990 to 2005, and Chevron from 2005 to 2008. His research interests include applications of waveform-based inversion and artificial intelligence methods for oil and gas exploration, earthquake hazard and climate prediction, and solving CO2 sequestration problems.
- Craig Funck
- Raùl Cova
Craig Funk CV
He is passionate about research and innovation within the extraction industries and is currently a board member of the International Minerals Innovation Institute based in Saskatoon, Canada. He has initiated or contributed to various mining research projects in safety, geophysics, geology, rock mechanics, mine engineering, mineral processing, and data sciences.
Raùl Cova CV
Between 2005 and 2012, he worked for the Venezuelan Technological Institute of Petroleum on seismic processing and acquisition technologies. Cova obtained a PhD from the University of Calgary in 2017, where he was a fellow of the CREWES consortium. From 2017 to 2019, he continued his research efforts as a postdoctoral researcher with the University of Calgary. In 2019, he joined Qeye Labs, where he has been working on quantitative interpretation projects involving deterministic and probabilistic inversion methods. Cova was chair of the SEG Translations Committee from 2018 to 2020. He is a team leader of the SEG Wiki translation project.
His involvement with the SEG Wiki was recognized in 2015 and 2017 when he was named SEG Wiki Champion. Cova has also served as reviewer and special editor for Geophysics. He is an active member of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, where he has volunteered as session chair for the Geoconvention from 2015 to present.
- Marco Cela
- Luis Donoso
Marco Ceia CV
Since 2011, he has served as an associate professor at the Petroleum Engineering and Exploration Laboratory at UENF. His research interests include rock physics, petrophysics, and seismic physical modeling. He is also a member of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, Brazilian Geophysical Society, and International Association of Rock Physicists.
Luis Donoso CV
He received a master’s degree in geophysics (1988) from Universidad de Chile and a master’s degree in security and defense (2008) from the National Academy of Political and Strategic Studies. From 2006 to 2014, he was a pro-bono technical advisor for the Chilean Senate in renewable energy, climate change, civil protection, and disaster risk reduction regulations. Donoso is a former vice president and current member of the Chilean chapter of the International Association of Risk Managers. He is also a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the Seismological Society of America.
- Irina Bayuk
- Laura Bornatici
Irina Bayuk CV
Laura Bornatici CV
- Barbara Ciurlo
- Maria Helena Caeiro
Barbara Ciurlo CV
She joined Agip S.p.A. in 1989 (merged into Eni S.p.A. in 1995) as a geophysicist, where she focused on seismic studies and borehole seismic data and later on amplitude variation with offset and direct hydrocarbon indicator (DHI) analysis. She contributed to oil and gas integrated geoscience projects for all of the main areas in the company’s interests, including Europe, North Sea, North/West/East/South Africa, Middle East, Central Asia, Far East, Australia, Gulf of Mexico, and South America (off and onshore). She had an assignment with Eni Petroleum in New Orleans, Louisiana, from 2008 to 2010 as geophysical advisor for the Gulf of Mexico areas and Alaska.
Since 2015, she has served as company knowledge owner for DHI methods. She follows the activity of the Rose and Associates DHI Consortium as company representative. She has authored papers for the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, International Petroleum Technology Conference, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, First Break, and other local events and publications.
Maria Helena Caeiro CV
Some of her interests include seismic qualitative and quantitative interpretation and seismic processing support for advances in better image quality. She received a master’s degree in mining engineering (2007) and a PhD in earth science (2015) from the Instituto Superior Técnico at the University of Lisbon. Caeiro started her career in 2007 as a geoscience researcher at CERENA, integrating several projects for development and application of geostatistical seismic inversion methods. She then worked with the exploration and new ventures team at Partex Oil and Gas from 2012 to 2016.
Maria has been an author and coauthor of more than 25 publications on reservoir characterization, geophysics, and geostatistics. She has also served as a chairperson and speaker at several technical international conferences. She has recently been involved in SEG Middle East activities. She served as moderator of the Unlocking the Value of High-Quality 3D Broadband Seismic Virtual Webinar. She is currently a member of the technical committee for the Advances in Seismic Interpretation Workshop, which will be held in Abu Dhabi in November 2021.
- William Henry McLellan
- Obi Ifeanvichukwu
William Henry McLellan CV
McLellan has been a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists since 1975. He also is a member of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists and European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers. He joined Rotary in 1995, and is an active Rotarian, serving as the president of the Rotary Club of Gaborone on three occasions. In addition, he is a Paul Harris Fellow.
Obi Ifeanyichukwu CV
His career began as the Shell chair of geology at UNN in 2008. He became a research associate in September 2009. In October 2010, he joined the exploration team at Shell Petroleum Development Company in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, as a research attaché until December 2011 when he joined ExxonMobil. He has authored papers published by the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Geologos, American Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research, and Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists. He is the founder of the GEOCAMP Institute, an online platform for geoscience sharing and mentoring.
He has given several lectures to young professionals and SEG student members. For example, in December 2018, he gave a volunteer lecture titled, “Using sparse data and 2D seismic volume for exploration and opportunity identification” in Lagos, Nigeria. In 2014, he was a judge at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists IBA competition. From 2012 to present, he has served as an industry consultant for up to seven participating universities. More recently, he has had volunteer teaching and geoscience mentoring sessions with students and young professionals from several universities in Nigeria (May–September 2020); Beau, Bamenda, and Cameroon (November 2020); and North Dakota, Canada, and France (first quarter 2021). He has been involved in conference planning for the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists, where he currently serves as the head of the conference evaluation committee and member of the preconference field trip planning group
- Ilya Silvestrov
- Abdulmohsen AlAli
Ilya Silvestrov CV
Previously, he worked at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Schlumberger, and OPERA Laboratory at the University of Pau on different aspects of seismic modeling, imaging, and inversion. Silvestrov holds several patents and is author or coauthor of more than 90 scientific publications in conference proceedings and peer-reviewed journals. He is also serving as an associate editor for Geophysical Prospecting. Silvestrov is a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, and Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Abdulmohsen AlAli CV
Throughout his career, he has won multiple awards including the Saudi Aramco Hackathon and SEG Best Poster Paper. His research interests include seismic data modeling, velocity-depth model building, diffraction imaging, and artificial intelligence/machine learning-based applications. He is an active reviewer and member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, Society of Petroleum Engineers, and Dhahran Geoscience Society.
- How-Wei Chen
- Ruijia Wang
How-Wei Chen CV
He was the director of the Center for Computational Geophysics from 2009 to 2014. He visited the California Institute of Technology and University of Texas at Austin during his sabbatical periods and worked on projects associated with TAIGER and 3D wave propagation simulation for strong motion prediction. His professional interests are seismic modeling, migration, and imaging, including large-scale tomography study, wavefield, and full-waveform inversion.
Ruijia Wang CV
Before joining Halliburton, Wang held the position of postdoctoral research associate in the formation evaluation group at the University of Texas at Austin from 2012 to 2015. He received a PhD in geological resources and geological engineering from the China University of Petroleum at Beijing in 2012. His interests include borehole geophysics and petrophysics, focusing on forward and inversion problems in sonic logging and downhole ultrasonic testing. He is a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts.
- Lisa J. Gavin
- Kim Frankcombe
Lisa J. Gavin CV
Kim Frankcombe CV
He has been a reviewer for Geophysics and SEG expanded abstracts. He served on the SEG Council as the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG) representative and most recently as a representative for District 12. He is a member of the SEG Mining Committee. Frankcombe is an honorary member and past president of ASEG and served on their federal executive from 2011 to 2019. Since 2019, he has been the honorary secretary of the Australian Geoscience Council. In addition, he is a member of the Society of Economic Geologists, International Association of Mathematical Geosciences, European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, and Australian Institute of Geoscientists.