2010-2011 Executive Committee Announced

Bob Hardage - President-elect2008 election winners

Bob Hardage of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin has been elected President-elect of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. Hardage, who holds a doctorate in physics from Oklahoma State University, worked at Phillips Petroleum for 23 years and at WesternAtlas before joining the Bureau in 1991.

Hardage has been an SEG member for 44 years, and previously served on the Executive Committee as Editor and First Vice President. He became internationally known in the 1980s for being an early proponent of vertical seismic profiling, a now standard geophysical technique. He has received several awards, including Honorary Membership, the Society’s second highest award. Hardage will serve on the incoming Executive Committee as President-elect and will ascend to the Presidency at the conclusion of SEG’s Annual International Meeting in September 2011.

Position Statement

My qualifications for serving the membership again can be summarized as "insights gained from many years of SEG service." I consider the following issues to be important:

  • Member services: SEG exists to promote the science of geophysics. This objective is abandoned if member needs are neglected, or if decisions are made that inhibit professional growth of any members.
  • Inter-society relations: SEG must develop links with AAPG, SPE, and other professional societies that will expand applications of geophysics.
  • Governance: Any alteration in SEG governance is a serious matter. I intend to listen to all views and then proceed by considering the question, "Will restructuring SEG governance improve member services or assist professional growth of members?"
  • Exhibitors: SEG's financial strength depends on revenues generated by exhibitor participation at our meetings. SEG must maintain and enhance exhibitor-friendly policies.
  • SEG Foundation: The Foundation is one of SEG's greatest assets. I will support any action to assist Foundation efforts. The benefits to SEG will be numerous.
  • Financial stability: Careful stewardship is required to maintain, ensure, and protect SEG's financial strength. Improper financial decisions reduce member services and impede the promotion of geophysics.

Others elected to SEG’s 2010-11 Executive Committee are Mike Graul of TexSeis, First Vice-President; Susan Webb of the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, Second Vice President; Alfred Liaw of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Vice President; and John Eastwood of ExxonMobil, Secretary-Treasurer. They will assume their offices at the conclusion of SEG’s 80th Annual International Meeting in October. Klaas Koster of Apache, President-elect of the current Executive Committee, will assume the SEG Presidency at that time. Completing the 2010-11 Executive Committee will be Vladimir Grechka of Shell who will be in the final year of a two-year term as Editor.

Mike Graul - First Vice President

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Upon graduation from RPI, Mike began his geophysical career with Chevron, as a seismologist on a recording crew, in the swamps of Louisiana. He progressed through the ranks of Chevron over the following 23 years, serving in a variety of assignments in acquisition, interpretation, processing, management, and finally, in research, where he spent some 15 years developing techniques in seismic signal processing. His work in complex trace analysis, Radon filtering, and array analysis has been in continuous use for over 30 years.

In 1980 he formed a consulting and education firm, of which he continues to serve as president. The company maintains a high level of activity, presenting a wide variety courses to exploration and service companies in the United States and overseas. Mike also teaches public and private courses for SEG, SPE, AAPG, and the University of Houston, among others.

Mike later co-founded a seismic data processing company, TexSeis, Inc., to implement a number of high-resolution techniques that he and colleagues had developed. It was literally practicing what he had preached for many years.

Mike is a 35-year member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (various committee assignments and a term as chairman of the Continuing Education Committee). He is the president of the Geophysical Society of Houston, and was given their Honorary Membership in 2004. He is a Trustee of the SEG Foundation, and has, in recent years, received both Special Commendation and the prestigious Honorary Membership from SEG.

Position Statement

“May you live in interesting times,” could be the curse under which new members of the SEG Executive Committee will labor. Unprecedented are the major changes being considered with respect to the governance and to the very Constitution of the Society. Bearing in mind that the mission of SEG is promote the science of exploration geophysics through education, publication, and communication, the ExComm of 2010-2011 will be wrestling with issues and questions such as the following:

  • Inconsistencies between our Articles of Incorporation and the Constitution
  • Continuation of the SEG Council as the “governing body” or replacement with an augmented ExComm to serve as the Board of Directors? This question is a consequence of a legal opinion that Article VIII of the Constitution, establishing the Council as the governing body, should be deleted or greatly modified.
  • Globalization: How much? How soon? Its impact on the traditional role of the local sections?

My approach to these and other issues is one of cautious conservatism: “If it ain’t broke …”   

It has been an honor to be nominated for First Vice President and, elected or not, I will work to fulfill the SEG mission, as stated by its founders.

Susan Webb - Second Vice President

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Susan Webb received her BSc in geophysics from State University of New York at Binghamton, USA, and her MSc in geophysics from Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada. Her PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand presented a combined interpretation of seismic and gravity data of the Kaapvaal Craton. Sue is a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, specializing in research on the interpretation and modeling of gravity and magnetic data. Prior to that, she worked for Gold Fields of South Africa in kimberlite exploration. In 2005, Sue was jointly awarded the Jubilee Medal from the Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA) for the best paper in the South African Journal of Geology. Her technical presentation at the SEG Annual Meeting in 2006 was cited as one of the top 30 papers, and in 2007, she was elected as a Fellow of the GSSA. Active in both the SEG and the SAGA, Sue has worked on SEG’s initiative Geoscientists without Borders and served on the Distinguished Lecture Committee. At present, Sue is vice chair of the Global Affairs Committee and Honorary Lecturer for Africa and the Middle East. Sue directs the highly successful, SEG-sponsored AfricaArray international geophysics field school held annually for select students from Africa and the USA. Her research projects are focused on the Bushveld Complex, and include a project quantifying the effect of invasive trees on ground water at the Dayspring children’s village, which was recently awarded a GWB project.

Position Statement

Through my participation in SEG, I have learned to truly appreciate the Society’s goals to “promote the science of applied geophysics and the education of geophysicists.” As SEG becomes a more global society, these goals have had greater effect at the local level. SEG collaborates with more local meetings, has dramatically increased the number of speakers through the DL/HL programs, and has substantially increased the value and number of student scholarships. The Geoscientists without Borders program, combining education and humanitarian efforts, has truly inspired students. The international network that SEG provides is essential as its members move to various regions around the world. These activities highlight emerging technologies, methodologies and identify excellent students, which feeds back to the benefit of all members. As SEG continues to take a leading role in promoting geophysics globally, the effective dissemination of this feedback is a priority, increasing the benefit of these programs. Encouraging younger geophysicists to invest in SEG by becoming active participating members will strengthen SEG on a global scale.  I feel very privileged to be nominated for Second Vice President, and will do my best to promote the science of geophysics and education of geophysicists if elected.

Alfred Liaw - Vice President

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Alfred Liaw has been a member of SEG for 33 years. He served as the Chairman of the Global Affairs Committee (GAC) from 2008 to 2009, was on the Annual Meeting Steering Committee in 2008, and the Co-Chairman of its International Showcase. Liaw has been actively engaged in the promotion of the globalization process for more than ten years. He is serving as one of the Board of Directors of the SEG Global Inc. He led a task force to guide the operations of the SEG China office. In 2001, he instigated the SEG PC’s for Student Program which has benefited more than 35 SEG Student Chapters over the world.

Alfred is currently a Distinguished Geophysical Advisor at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. He is a technology champion for seismic imaging technology, specifically on the application of wide-azimuth seismic techniques and subsalt imaging, pore-pressure prediction, and seal integrity. He has presented numerous technical papers on related subjects at annual meetings, research workshops, and forums. Alfred started his career with ARCO, then worked at Oryx and Kerr-McGee before joining Anadarko. During his 33 years in the oil and gas industry, he has contributed to exploration and development projects in the US onshore, Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, China, West and East Africa, Romania, Australia, and Brazil.

Alfred graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, with a PhD in engineering geoscience. He also holds an MS in geology from Southern Methodist University and a BS in geology from the National Taiwan University.

Position Statement
I am honored to be nominated as one of the candidates for SEG Vice President. I would like to contribute my efforts to promote the science of applied geophysics for more efficient energy development and the protection of our precious environment. I will be promoting “Advancing geophysics today – inspiring geoscientists for tomorrow.” This mission can be accomplished by better education in the development and the applications of applied geophysics, and the collaboration among geophysical societies globally. We need to recruit young geophysicists starting from youth education, to provide continuing education opportunities, and to create a platform for scientific and technology exchange. I would promote the technology diversities of applied geophysics in exploring and developing natural resources, as well as environment protection. As SEG has been transforming to be a premier global professional society, the Society needs to reach out those geophysical communities by providing adequate education support in promoting applied geophysics. SEG should take the leadership role to collaborate with other professional and associated societies to serve the global geophysical communities.

If elected Vice President, I will expand my experience to continue serving SEG members around the world, and to influence SEG to be a global society

John Eastwood -Secretary-Treasurer

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John Eastwood received a PhD in geophysics in 1992, from the University of Alberta. He joined Imperial Oil in Calgary (an affiliate of ExxonMobil) in 1992, where he conducted research in 3D and passive seismic monitoring for heavy oil applications. In 1996, John moved to Exxon Upstream Research, working in 4D seismic and reservoir characterization for North Sea, Gulf of Mexico, West Texas, and West Africa fields. In 1999, he became team lead for Seismic Reservoir Characterization working in AVO, 4D, seismic facies and inversion. Subsequently, he assumed the role of Research Supervisor for Development and Production Geophysics. In 2003 he moved to ExxonMobil Production as Canada-East Geoscience Manager. Research called again, and in 2007 he assumed the role of Research Manager for Seismic Imaging and Full Wavefield Inversion. During this time, John was a principal architect for a new ExxonMobil Geophysics Strategy. In 2010 John repatriated to Calgary where he is a regional Exploration Manager for Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil. 

John served on the SEG Development and Production committee (four years) and was Committee Chair in 1997. He received two CSEG best presentation awards (both in 1996) and in 1998 he was awarded the SEG Karcher Award for significant contributions by a young geophysicist. John received an Honorable Mention for Best TLE Paper in 2001 and the TLE Best Paper award in 2002. He served on The Leading Edge Editorial Board from 2001 to 2005, and was its Chairman in 2005. John has numerous presentations, publications, and six patents in geophysics.

Position Statement

The intricate balance between competition and collaboration drives technology improvements. SEG plays a critical role in geophysics technology development by providing the most relevant venues for both technical collaboration and cordial competition (publications, workshops, Annual Meeting presentations and exhibits, distinguished lectures, and short courses) within the discipline of geophysics. It is our responsibility to continue to improve the accessibility and the quality of these existing venues as well as develop new venues to drive geophysical technology forward.

My 18 years of work experience with ExxonMobil have spanned research, development, production, and exploration in the roles of practicing geophysicist, researcher, and manager. This experience base has imparted to me an appreciation for the importance of geophysical research technology application in business decisions, benefits of collaboration (both internal and external to the company), the need business controls and practices, and a strong commitment to safety. I will leverage my ExxonMobil experience in the role of Secretary-Treasurer to ensure SEG continues to improve its strong financial position and enhance both accessibility and quality of services to its members in order to advance the science of geophysics.