Oz Yilmaz is the founder and director of Anatolian Geophysical, Istanbul, and Chief Technology Officer of GeoTomo LLC, Houston. He received his bachelor's degee in geology with geophysics option from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1970, his master's in geophysics with research in rock physics and earthquake seismology from Stanford University in 1972, and after five years in the industry, a PhD in geophysics with research in exploration seismology from Stanford University in 1979. Oz was SEG Vice President in 1993-94 term, and was the 1996 Spring Distinguished Lecturer. He served as associate editor of the EAGE journal Geophysical Prospecting in 1995-96 and on Honors and Awards Committee of the EAGE in 2004-05. Oz was honored by the SEG in 1991 with the Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal and by EAGE in 1992 with the Conrad Schlumberger Award. His biography was included in Who's Who in the World, 1998 edition. He was elected a member to the European Academy of Sciences in 2002. He was honored by his alma mater, the University of Missouri-Rolla, with an Honorary Professional Degree in geology and geophysics in 2003, by the Geophysical Society of Houston in 2009 with Honorary Membership, and by SEG Honorary Membership in 2011.