The EDGER Team

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Dr. Mrinal K. Sen

EDGER Forum, Principal Investigator
Professor and Jackson Chair in Applied Seismology
UTIG & DGS

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kyle_spikes_profilepicDr. Kyle T. Spikes
EDGER Forum, Co-Principal Investigator
Associate Professor, Geophysics
DGS

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Bob-profileDr. Robert H. Tatham
EDGER Forum Advisor
Professor Emeritus
DGS

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Seismic Applications Software Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Faculty & Researchers
Other geophysicists throughout the University (including UT’s Institute of Geophysics, the Bureau of Economic Geology as well as other UT entities such as the Texas Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics as well as the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering), work with graduate students and faculty members in Exploration Geophysics.

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Hala Alqatari
BS Geophysics, Colorado School of Mines, ’13
Advisor: Sen
Ent Fall ’16, MS
Full seismic waveform modeling and inversion

 

WebProfilePic_Badr-AlulaiwBadr Alulaiw
MS Geophysics, Curtin University, ’10
Advisor: Sen
Ent Fall ’14, PhD
High resolution inverse theory and applications

 

WebProfilePic_Anthony-BaroneAnthony Barone
BS Geophysics, Univ of California Berkeley, ’12
Advisor: Sen
Ent. Fall ‘14, MS
Born-Rytov AVO approximations

 

ReetamBiswa_Profile-webReetam Biswas
BS Indian Inst. of Technology ’13
Advisor: Sen
Ent. Fall ’14, PhD
Trans-dimensional inverse problems

 

Elliot-headshotElliot Dahl
BS Engineering Physics & MS Applied Mathematics, Royal Institute of Technology, KTH Sweden, ’12
Advisor: Spikes
Ent. Fall ‘13, PhD
Dispersion analysis in sonic waveforms

 

DebanjandattaDebanjan Datta
BS Geophysics, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, ’13
Advisor: Sen
Ent. Fall ‘13, PhD
Adjoint free full waveform inversion

 

Alejandro Garza Juarez
BS Geophysical Engineering, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico,  ’10
Advisor: Sen
Ent. Fall ‘16, MS
Seismic time-lapse inversion

 

HanLiu-HeadshotHan Liu
BS Geology & Geophysics, University of Missouri at Rolla, ’12
Advisors: Sen/Spikes
Ent. Fall ‘12, PhD
Wave propagation modeling in realistic fractured media

 

DavidTang_Profile-webDavid Tang
MS Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, ’14
Advisor: Spikes
Ent. Fall ’14, PhD
Reservoir characterization using time-lapse VSP data a digital rock physics

 

Janaki Vamaraju
MS Civil Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, ’16
Advisor: Sen
Ent. Fall ’16, PhD

Numerical modeling of wave propagation in fractured media using hybrid finite element methods

 

 

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GRADUATE STUDENTS
Alumni since 1999, with a Focus in Exploration Geophysics

Barry Borgman
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, May ’16
Advisor: Spikes
Characterization of the Cana-Woodford Shale using Fractal-Based, Stochastic Inversion – Canadian County, OK
Currently Employed by: Schlumberger

Qi Ren
PhD Geophysics, UT Austin, May ’16
Advisor: Sen/Spikes
Anisotropic Seismic Characterization of the Eagle Ford Shale: Rock-Physics Modeling, Stochastic Seismic Inversion, and Geostatistics
Currently Employed by: Google

A.J. Yanke
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, May ’16
Advisor: Spikes
Feasibility of Isotropic Inversion in Orthorhombic Media: The Barrett Unconventional Model
Currently Employed by: Statoil

Zeyu Zhao
PhD Geophysics, UT Austin, May ’16
Advisor: Sen/Stoffa
Efficient Seismic Imaging with Double Plane Wave Data
Currently Employed by: UTIG

Patrick Gustie
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, Dec ’14
Advisor: Tatham
Identifying Seismic Attributes to Estimate Vertical Transverse Isotropy
Currently Employed by: ExxonMobil

Russell Carter
PhD Geophysics, UT Austin, Dec ’14
Advisor: Spikes
Reservoir characterization for carbon sequestration
Currently Employed by: ConocoPhillips (Alaska)

Sarah Coyle
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, Aug ’14
Advisor: Spikes
Inversion of Seismic Data with and without Rock Typing
Currently Employed by: Chevron

Jacqueline Maleski
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, May ’14
Advisor: Tatham
Modeling Dispersion Effects in the Seismic Bandwith
Currently Employed by: ConocoPhillips (Houston)

Lauren Becker
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, May ’14
Advisor: Spikes
Finite-element Simulations of Fracture Networks
Currently Employed by: BP (Houston)

Makoto Sadahiro
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, May ’14
Advisor: Stoffa & Tatham
Processing Algorithm Development
Currently Employed by: Halliburton (Denver)

Meijuan Jiang
PhD Geophysics, UT Austin, May ’14
Advisor: Spikes
Pore-stiffness, aspect ratio and composition effects on rock-physics modeling in the Haynesville Shale
Currently Employed by: Shell (New Orleans)

Terence Campbell
PhD Geophysics, UT Austin, Dec ’13
Advisors: Tatham / Sen
Corrections for distortion polarization in reflected shearwave for isotropic and anisotropic medium
Currently Employed by: ConocoPhillips

Yang Xue
PhD Geophysics, UT Austin, Dec ’13
Advisor: Sen
Baysian inversion of land multicomponent data
Currently Employed by: Shell

Sharif Morshed
MS Geophysics,UT Austin, Dec ’13
Advisor: Tatham
Characterization of the Marcellus Shale
Currently Employed by: Task Fronterra Geosciences (Houston)

Mohammed Alhussain
PhD Geophysics, UT Austin, May ’13
Advisor: Sen
Frequency dependent anisotropy
Currently Employed by: Saudi Aramco

Kumar Das
MS Geophysics,UT Austin, May ’13
Advisor: Sen
Joint Inversion of Seismic and Gravity data for determination of Shiva Crater, India
TBD

Yi Tao
PhD Geophysics, UT Austin, Dec ’12
Advisor: Sen
Seismic interferometry and inversion
Currently Employed by: ConocoPhillips

Engin Alkan
PhD Geophysics, UT Austin, Dec ’12 & MS Geophysics, UT Austin, Aug ’07
Advisor: Hardage
Ent. Fall ‘10, PhD (Candidate)
Elastic Seismic Stratigraphy
Turkish National Oil Co. Scholar
Currently Employed by: Shell

Alexander Lamb
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, May ‘12
Advisor: Tatham
Characterization of Woodford Shale
Exploration Geophysics Fellowship (‘10)
Currently Employed by: Devon

Kwon Taek Oh
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, May ‘12
Advisor: Spikes
Rock physics description of Shale Gas ‘Reservoir’
Currently Employed by: KOGAS

Son Phan
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, Aug ‘11
Advisor: Sen
Uncertainty in reservoir parameter estimation
Currently Employed by: Bien Dong Petroleum Operating Company, Vietnam

Corey Joy
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, Aug ‘11
Advisor: Sen
Effective medium modeling of carbon sequestered reservoirs
Exploration Geophysics Fellowship (‘09)

Currently Employed by: BP

William Burnett
PhD Geophysics, UT-Austin, May ’11 – Advisors: Stoffa / Fomel
MS Geophysics, UT Austin May ’07 – Advisor: Ferguson
A General Transform for Reversible Seismic Data Processing
Exploration Geophysics Fellowship, ‘05
Exploration Geophysics Fellowship (‘05)
Currently Employed by: ExxonMobil

Alireza Shahin
PhD Geophysics, UT Austin, Jan ’11
Advisors: Stoffa / Tatham
Time Lapse Seismic Response to Production
Currently Employed by: BP (Houston)

Na Shan
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, Dec ’10
Advisor: Tatham
Seismic characterization of shale in research plays with multi-component data
Currently Employed by: Shell (New Orleans)

Diego Valentin
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, Aug ’10
Advisor: Tatham
Bossier Reservoir characterization with multi-component VSP and surface seismic data
Currently Employed by: Gran Tierra Energy (Bogotá)


Fang (Fiona) Ye
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, May ’10
Advisor: Tatham
Fracture Estimation in the Bakken Shale from 3C-3D data
Currently Employed by: BP (Houston)

Chunlei Chu
PhD Geophysics, UT Austin, Dec ’09
MS, UT Austin ‘07
Advisor: Stoffa
Application of Variable Grid Finite Differences to Seismic Imaging an Modeling
Currently Employed by: ConocoPhillips (Houston)

Jeffrey Kao
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, Dec ’09 & BS Geophysics, UT Austin, Dec ‘05
Advisor: Tatham
Application of Variable Grid Finite Differences to Seismic Imaging an Modeling
Currently Employed by: Venari Resources (Dallas)

Jonas de Basabe
PhD (CAM) completed in May ’09; UTIG Fellow ’09-’10
Advisors: Sen / Wheeler
Numerical Simulation of Elastic Wave Propagation
UTIG Fellow
Currently Employed by: CICESE (Ensenada)

Samik Sil
PhD Geophysics, UT Austin, May ’09
Advisor: Sen
Two-way travel time analysis for seismic reservoir characterization
Currently Employed by: OXY (Houston)

Anisa Perez
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, May ’09
Advisor: Tatham / Ferguson
Hybrid Gathers for Imaging and Processing to separate effects
of structure and anisotropy
Exploration Geophysics Fellowship (’06)

Currently Employed by: ConocoPhillips (Houston)

Chaoshun Hu
PhD Geophysics, UT Austin Dec ’08
Advisor: Stoffa / McIntosh
OBS and MCS Data Analysis for TAIGER Project, Offshore Japan
Currently Employed by: Chevron (San Ramon)

Daniel Smith
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, Aug ’08
Advisor: Sen
Seismic Trace Regularization and Datuming
Currently Employed by: Hess (Houston)

Tiancong Hong
PhD Geophysics, UT Austin, Aug ’08
Advisor: Sen
MCMC Algorithm, Integrated 4D Seismic Res. Char. and Uncertainty Analysis in a Bayesian Framework
Currently Employed by: ExxonMobil (Houston)

Ali Al-Jadhar
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, Aug ’08
Advisor: Stoffa
Prestack modeling of carbonate reservoirs
Saudi Aramco Scholar
Currently Employed by: Saudi Aramco (Dharan)

Abdulaziz Al-Muhadib
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, Aug ’08
Advisor: Sen/Tatham
Post-stack inversion for porosity estimation of carbonate reservoirs
Saudi Aramco Scholar
Currently Employed by: Saudi Aramco

Sanjay Sood
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, Dec ’07
Advisor: Sen/van Avendonk
Estimation of Q from seismic refractions data
Currently Employed by: ConocoPhillips (Houston)

Patricia Yu
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, Dec ’07
Advisor: Ferguson
Amplitude Preservation In Processing and Imaging of Seismic Data
Exploration Geophysics Fellowship (02′)
Currently Employed by: Shell (Houston)

Emily Pangborn
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, Dec ’07
Advisor: Bangs/Tatham
Thrust Fault from 3D Seismic: Nankai Subduction Zone, Japan
ConocoPhillips Fellowship, ’05
Currently Employed by: Chevron (Houston)

Nedra Bonal
PhD, UT Austin, Dec ’07
Advisor: Wilson
Fracture Characterization: Studies of Seismic Anisotropy and Trace Imaging with GPR
Currently Employed by: Sandia National Laboratory (Alburquerque)

Reeshidev Bansal
PhD Geophysics, UT Austin, May ’07
Advisor: Sen
Seismic Characterization of Naturally Fractured Reservoirs
Currently Employed by: ExxonMobil (Houston)

Samarjit Chakraborty
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, May ’07
Advisor: Ferguson
An Int. Geologic Model of the Valhall Oil Field for Simulation of Fluid Flow & Seismic Response
Currently Empolyed by: BP (Houston)

Christopher Sine
MS, UT Austin, May ’07
Advisor: Grand
Tomographic Velocity int. of the Upper Mantle, Colo Plateau
Exploration Geophysics Fellowship, ’04
Currently Employed by: California Resources Corporation (Bakersfield)

Kevin Bain
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, May ’07
Advisor: Tatham
Sensitivity of AVA Reflectivity to Fluid Hydrocarbon Properties in Porous Media
Currently – TBD

G. Russell Young
MS Geophysics, UT Austin May ’07
Advisor: Sen
Effective Porosity Estimation from 3D Seismic: Marco Polo Field
ConocoPhillips Fellowship (’04)
Currently Employed by: ExxonMobil (Houston)

Kathryn Young
MS Geophysics, UT Austin Dec ’06
Advisor: Tatham
False ‘Bright Spots’ & Discriminating Gas and Brine using AVO
Fullbright Scholar

Currently Employed by: EOG Resources (Houston)

Matt McDonald
MS Geophysics, UT Austin Dec ’06
Advisor: Tatham/Gulick
The Chicxulub impact crater and oblique impact
Currently Employed by: Shell (Brunei)

Eric Lyonford
MS Geophysics, UT Austin Dec ’06
Advisor: Tatham
Polarization Distortion of Shear Waves in Isotropic Media
ConocoPhillips Fellowship, ’03

Currently Employed by: ConocoPhillips (Houston)

Jason Gumble
PhD Geophysics, UT Austin Dec ’06
Advisor: Tatham
Anisotropic analysis of 3C data for OBC & comparison to 9C
Exploration Geophysics Fellowship, ‘00
ACS-PRF Funded Dissertation

Currently Employed by: Cimarex (Denver)

Chandan Kumar
PhD Geophysics, UT Austin Dec ’06
Advisor: Ferguson/Sen
Parameter Inversion for Seismic Anisotropy
Currently Employed by: BP (Houston)

Kimberly Kumar
MS Geophysics, UT Austin May ’06
Advisor: Ferguson
Pore Pressure Prediction Offshore Trinidad
BP Scholar

Currently Employed by: BP (Trinidad)

Sharon Goehring
MS Geophysics, UT Austin Dec ’05
Advisor: Tatham
Seismic AVO Response to Variations in SS Reservoir Properties
Exploraition Geophysics Fellowship, ‘03

Currently Employed by: ConocoPhillips (Houston)

Dhananjay Kumar
PhD Geophysics, UT Austin May ’05
Advisor: Sen/Stoffa
Analysis of multicomponent seismic data from the Hydrate Ridge, offshore Oregon
Currently Employed by: Chevron (Houston)

Carmen Gomez
MS Geophysics, UT Austin May ’05
Advisor: Tatham
Sensitivity of P-P, SH-SH and P-SV seismic refelctivity to partial gas saturation
PhD Standford

Jason Stine
MS Geophysics, UT Austin May ’04
Advisor: Tatham
Sensitivity of AVO reflectivity to fluid properties in porous media
Teaching in Austin

Matthew Morris
MS Geophysics, UT Austin May ’03
Advisor: Tatham
Analysis on P-P and P-SV AVO response
Exploration Geophysics Fellowship ‘01

Currently Employed by: Anadarko (Houston)

Chengshu Wang
PhD Geophysics, UT Austin June ’03
Advisor: Sen/Tatham
Inversion of P-P and P-SV data, separate density effect gas hydrates. (BSR)
Returned to China (PRC)

Patricia Montoya
PhD Geophysics, UT Austin, May ’06 & MS Geophysics, UT Austin, Dec ’02
Advisor: Fisher/Tatham
Characterization of a fractured SS reservoir from core to 3D seismic analysis in E. Maturin Basin, Ven.
PhD, UT Austin

Fernando Cerda
MS Geophysics, UT Austin, Dec ’01
Advisor: Fisher/Tatham
Teal South project: Compare Vp/Vs from shear (P-SV) & interpretation with AVO results
Currently Employed by: WesternGeco (Houston)

Chau Ao
MS Geophysics, NTNU ’01
Advisor: Tatham
Compare Vp/Vs interpretation between SH-SH and P-SV data
Currently Employed by: StatOil (Stavanger)

Helena Zirczy
MS Geophysics, UTAustin, Aug ’00
Advisor: Tatham
Multicomponent Seismic Interp. of the Second Wind Field, Kiowa and Cheyenne Counties, Colorado
Currently Employed by: Shell (New Orleans)

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