Rare award presented
by Dean Clark
SEG President Dave Monk ended the Honors and Awards Ceremony at the 2013 Annual International Meeting to honor Wang Tiejun with the Presidential Award. This honor is not regularly given at the H and A ceremony but is bestowed at the discretion of the SEG president to "an individual who is recognized as having contributed outstanding service to the Society." Monk said he chose to present the award to Wang in appreciation for the outstanding work he has done for SEG in China.
Wang started his career in seismic field operations and steadily moved through the ranks at BGP, in both domestic and international assignments, until becoming president of BGP Incorporated in 2004. Wang has promoted cooperation between SEG and the Chinese geophysical community for several years. SEG now has more than 220 members within BGP and they will be presenting 25 papers at the 2013 Annual Meeting.
Wang has also served as co-chairman of the executive committee of three major SEG conferences in China and it was at his suggestion that CNPC, BGP's parent company, made a major financial contribution at the 2006 Annual Meeting in support of SEG's online education programs.
Wang was unable to attend the meeting and the award was accepted by Hao Huiming, chief geophysicist of BGP who delivered remarks on Wang's behalf.
Also unable to attend was Peter Hubral, the recipient of the Maurice Ewing Medal, SEG's highest honor which is given for major contributions throughout a long career. Hubral was cited for his prominent role in the restoration of exploration seismology in Germany and for his early recognition of the need for depth migration. Sven Treitel, a former recipient of the Ewing Medal, accepted the award on Hubral's behalf and delivered remarks prepared by Hubral.
Serge Shapiro, now at the Free University of Berlin, received the Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal for pioneering work in microseismic monitoring and rock physics characterization of petroleum reservoirs. The award is presented for work during the previous five years,. Shapiro has published five papers in Geophysics in just the past two years!
Honorary Membership was given to Paul Stoffa, long-time faculty member at the University of Texas, and Michael Zhadanov, now at the University of Utah and well known for his role in using EM methods to explore for hydrocarbons.
The Reginald Fessenden Award was given to Dan Kosloff, who many contributions include pioneering work in reverse time migration and bringing advances in seismic theory into production via computational methods.
The Cecil Green Enterprise Award went to Don Robinson who has twice created companies, at major financial risk to himself, which have provided valuable products and services to the industry.
Saudi Aramco's Exploration and Petroleum Engineering Center Advanced Research Center was honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award for its significant contributions to land seismic acquisition and processing.
Life Membership was given to Michael C. Forrest, Arthur Cheng, Lee Bell,and Timothy Berge for meritorious service to the Society. The J. Clarence Karcher Award, given to outstanding scientists who are under the age of 35, went to David Halliday, Sam Kaplan, and Gilles Hennenfent.
Also honored were 12 individuals who delivered courses and lectures around the world under SEG's Distinguished Programs. These included the Distinguished Instructor Short Course, the Fall and Spring Distinguished Lecture tours, the SEG/AAPG Distinguished Lecture, the seven Honorary Lectures, and the new SEG Board Lecturer Series which was given for the first time in the past year by Alfred Liaw.