An Interview with Don Steeples,
| 2012 SEG Annual Meeting |
Technical Program Chair, Don Steeples
SEG - Aside from taking part in the 2012 Annual Meeting as Technical Program Chairman, what is your current role in the geophysical community?
Steeples - I'm the McGee Professor of Geophysics at The University of Kansas, where I have been employed for 37 years. I also do a little bit of consulting, but only a few days per year.
SEG - What has been your experience with SEG Annual Meetings in the past?
Steeples - I attended my first one in 1974, and have been to more than 30 since then. I served on the Technical Program Committee at least four times that I can remember.
SEG - What have been some of your favorite aspects of the SEG Annual Meetings in years past?
Steeples - Mostly, it is the pleasure of seeing scores of old friends. But every year, I return home juiced to get back to work.
SEG - Can you speak to the qualities of this year's Technical Program abstract submissions as a whole? In other words, have you noticed any trends in topics, technical depth, etc.?
Steeples - We had by far the biggest number of abstracts submitted in the history of the Annual Meeting this year. This essentially guarantees a high-quality technical program, but it also means a record number of irritated authors.
SEG - With regard to this year's Technical Program, how has SEG's Annual Meeting distinguished itself as an internationally significant event?
Steeples - We have abstracts from every continent except Antarctica. I guess penguins don't tend to publish much. Seriously, the large number of international attendees at our Annual Meeting is a testament to the importance of the meeting on a world-wide scale.
SEG - What technical advances have you noticed as being prevalent in this year's research?
Steeples - I did not notice anything that shattered the mold compared to last year. But if you compare to five years ago, there is more interest in passive seismic methods, time-lapse monitoring, and non-traditional resource exploration.
To learn more about this year's research offerings, be sure to make plans to attend the Technical Program at the 2012 SEG Annual Meeting.