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Don W. Steeples
SEG Fall 2007
Distinguished Lecturer

Don Steeples is McGee Distinguished Professor of Geophysics and Vice Provost for Scholarly Support at KU. Don earned a BS in geophysics (1969) and an MS in geology (1970) from Kansas State University where he was a member of both the varsity football and varsity track teams. After two years as a lieutenant in the US Army Corps of Engineers at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia and Ft. Wainwright, Alaska from 1970-72, he returned to graduate school and received an MS (1974) and PhD (With Distinction, 1975) in geophysics from Stanford University. He was at the Kansas Geological Survey (a KU Research Division) from 1975 until 1992, serving in various positions including Associate Director for Research and as Deputy Director. Since 1977, he has specialized in shallow high-resolution seismic imaging, an area in which he has practical experience in more than 20 states and several foreign countries. He served the Society of Exploration Geophysicists as elected Editor of Geophysics in 1989-91. He has done consulting for more than 50 companies and government agencies through Great Plains Geophysical, Inc. his wholly owned consulting company. With his brother, he operates a 1900-acre wheat farm at Palco, Kansas. His wife since 1967 (Tammy) earned a PhD in Special Education at KU. They have two married sons (Flint, 35, and Brad, 31) who graduated from KU and both received MBA's in finance from SMU in Dallas.

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