The SEG Advanced Modeling Corporation is led by a Board of Directors, each serving a three-year term.
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Board Member Biographies
Manik Talwani, Chair
Manik Talwani, Ph.D., is the Schlumberger Professor Emeritus of Advanced Studies and Research Professor of Earth Science at Rice University. Previous positions include serving as Director of the Geo-technology Research Institute at the Houston Advanced Research Center, Chief Scientist at the Gulf Research & Development Company, Director of the Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University, where he was a professor of geophysics, and most recently, President and CEO of Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International which provides science management of the drilling project funded by U.S.A., Japan and 20 other countries. He currently researches the feasibility of expanding use of Venezuelan heavy oil, tracing leakage of carbon dioxide sequestered in drill holes and investigates the geological structure of the San Andreas Fault. He arranges sessions at national meetings to assist cooperation between academia and industry. An editor of multiple books, he has more than 150 published articles and has led more than 20 ocean-going research expeditions. He has received honors and awards from learned societies in India, Europe and U.S.A. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and an Honorary Doctorate from Oslo University, Norway.
Kevin Bishop, Vice Chair
Kevin Bishop has over thirty-one years of professional experience. Prior to his Chevron retirement, he served nearly twenty-one years with Texaco in special seismic projects involving processing, integration, research, and development. He is an expert in all aspects of seismic processing and imaging with particular skills in refraction modeling and near surface statics. Prior to his retirement from BHP Billiton, he served over ten years designing and managing processing and imaging projects that pushed the envelopes of current technology to optimize the final products. Kevin was chairman of the ProMAX Users' Group, active member of the SMAART joint venture, and Chairman of the SEAM Phase I Management committee. He is currently a member of the SEAM Corp. Board of Directors. He is a member of SEG, EAGE, GSH, and AAAS.
Jesse Perez, Treasurer
Jesse Perez has spent over 30 years in the geophysical industry. He is currently Chief Accounting Officer for Global Geophysical Services headquartered in Missouri City, Texas. He began his career with Western Geophysical in 1980 where he ultimately became Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration responsible for accounting, Human Resources, HSE, and Procurement. Since leaving Western in 1999, he has held CFO positions with Reservoir Technologies Inc., NuTech Energy Services, and has since May 2004 held the office of CFO for Houston based Geotrace Technologies. Jesse joined the SEG's SEAM Corporation shortly after its inception as a member of the corporation's Finance Committee. For the past three years he has served on the Board of SEAM as its Treasurer and chairs the Corporation's Finance Committee. Jesse was a recipient of the Houston Business Journal's Best CFO of the Year award in both 2008 and 2009. Jesse Perez has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Houston at Clear Lake City and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas. He has been a member of both the American Institute and Texas Society of CPAs and has extensive experience with financial accounting and regulatory issues with public, private, and not for profit corporations.
Kamal Al-Yahya holds a PhD in geophysics from Stanford University. Currently, he is Senior Vice President, Regional Marketing at CGG. Prior to that, he was the CEO of South Rub Al Khali Company, an upstream gas joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Shell. He worked with Saudi Aramco for over 30 years with a career that spanned geophysical research, field operations, seismic data processing, technical services, and computer applications support. In research, Kamal tackled a number of problems including the well-known migration velocity analysis by pre-stack migration. In operations, Kamal managed Saudi Aramco's geophysical operations for several years in which some of the largest 3D seismic, aeromagnetic and aerial gravity surveys were conducted.
Sheldon Breiner is a geophysicist and entrepreneur specializing in the exploration and research of the earth. Breiner is Executive Chairman of Potential Energy, recently founded for direct detection of hydrocarbons in conventional oil & gas deposits and possible drill sites over shale gas/oil prospects. He was founder and president of GeoMetrics, Inc. & CEO of PML, Inc., developer of thru-casing resistivity acquired by Baker Hughes and Schlumberger and was interim CEO of 3DGeo. He is on the Board of SEAM, received the Outstanding Presentation award at the SEG and was the moderator of the Executive Forum at a recent annual meeting of the SEG. Breiner authored the principal reference manual for magnetometers and pioneered their use in military, government and archaeological objectives such as the search for ancient civilizations and sunken galleons and conceived the gun detector used for security at airports and public buildinggs. Breiner received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D., all in Geophysics, from Stanford University.
After working 32 years for three employers (Conoco, The University of Oklahoma, and Sun Oil Company), Steve Danbom opened Danbom Geophysics, Inc. in 2000. Through his company, he provides consulting services in both near-surface and petroleum geophysics. For the past eleven years, he has been an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Earth Science at Rice University where he teaches courses in applied exploration geophysics. His formal education is in Mathematics (B.S., Texas Tech University, 1966) and Geophysics (M.S., Texas Tech University, 1969; Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 1975). He is a licensed Professional Geoscientist in the State of Texas. As a 44-year member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Danbom's involvement includes Second Vice-President, local section officer, technical program chairman (Midwest Convention), and co-editor of the SEG publication, Shear-Wave Exploration. He has been a teacher for two SEG Continuing-Education courses, The Convolutional Model of the Reflection Seismogram and Environmental Geophysics. He is a Past President of the Near Surface Geophysics Section of the SEG and is one of the authors of the SEG book entitled Near Surface Geophysics. He was an invited exchange professor at the China University of Geosciences-Beijing, where he presented the 32-hour course, "Through the Looking Glass of Applied Exploration Geophysics" during March 2008. He is a life member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the Geophysical Society of Houston.
Henri Houllevigue is currently Vice President, Geophysics in Total E&P Research & Technology USA, LLC. He previously occupied the following positions: Geophysical Operations and Technology Manager with TOTAL (2006-2011) in Pau at the Corporate Technical center, Chief Geophysicist for Total Nigeria (2002-2006) and Block 32 Exploration Manager for Total Angola (1999-2002). Houllevigue's past work experience also includes postings as Interpretation Geophysicist in Indonesia and in corporate teams, Head of Acquisition and Processing in Syria and Azimuthal Seismic R& D project manager. He received his engineering degree from the Ecole des Mines de Nancy and graduated in Geophysics in the IFP school (ENSPM).
Yaoguo Li received his BSc in geophysics from the Wuhan College of Geology in 1983, and his PhD in geophysics from the University of British Columbia in 1992. He worked with the UBC-Geophysical Inversion Facility at UBC from 1992 to 1999, first as a post-doctoral Fellow and then as a Research Associate. He is currently an Associate Professor of Geophysics at the Colorado School of Mines and leads the center for Gravity, Electrical, and Magnetic Studies (CGEM) and the Gravity and Magnetics Research Consortium (GMRC). His research interests include inverse theory; inversion of gravity, magnetic, and electromagnetic data arising from applied geophysics; and their applications to oil, gas, and mineral explorations, environmental and geotechnical problems. He has developed or co-developed a number of program libraries for inverting different types of geophysical data, including DCIP2D, DCIP3D, GRAV3D, MAG3D, GG3D, BININV3D, and AMP3D. He is a co-recipient of the 1999 Gerald W. Hohmann Award, SERDP 2007 Project of the Year Award, and 2010 ASEG-PESA Laric Hawkins Award. He is currently a member of SEG and AGU.