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TCCS Staff and Collaborators
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TCCS Staff
  PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS
Bjorn Engquist


Bjorn Engquist

Professor of Mathematics: Computational & Applied, University of Texas at Austin

http://www.ma.utexas.edu/text/webpages/engquist.html

   
Sergey Fomel Sergey Fomel

Professor, University of Texas at Austin, with a joint appointment between the Bureau of Economic Geology and the Department of Geological Sciences. Sergey received a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Stanford University in 2001 and worked previously at the Russian Institute of Geophysics and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He received the J. Clarence Karcher Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) in 2001, Best SEG Poster Presentation Award in 2007, Conrad Schlumberger Award from the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) in 2011.

   
 
  POST DOCS
Mehdi Far

Mehdi Far

Mehdi E. Far received his B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from Petroleum University of Iran in 2001, his M.Sc. in Geosciences from IFP School, Paris, France, in 2008, and his Ph.D. in Geophysics from University of Houston in 2011. His research interests include seismic anisotropy, fracture modeling, multi-component seismic, AVO, AVAZ, seismic inversion, image processing and pattern recognition.

   
Brittany Froese

Brittany Froese

Brittany Froese is an instructor in the Department of Mathematics and postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES), University of Texas at Austin. She earned a BSc (2007) in Mathematics from Trinity Western University and an MSc (2009) and PhD (2012) in Applied Mathematics from Simon Fraser University. Her research focuses on the development of numerical methods for nonlinear partial differential equations.

   
Douglas McCowan

Jingwei Hu

Jingwei Hu is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES), University of Texas at Austin. She is co-supervised by Sergey Fomel and Lexing Ying on seismic wave modeling and related mathematical problems. Jingwei received her BS degree (2006) in computational mathematics from Peking University, China, and her PhD degree (2011) in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her graduate studies, she worked with Prof. Shi Jin mainly on numerical methods for the quantum kinetic equations and high frequency waves.

http://users.ices.utexas.edu/~hu/

   
Hejun Zhu

Hejun Zhu

Biography: Hejun Zhu is a Dean's distinguished postdoctoral fellow at the Jackson School of Geosciences, UT Austin. He earned a bachelor's degree in geology from Sun Yat-sen University in 2005, a master's degree in geophysics from Peking University in 2008, and a Ph.D in geophysics from Princeton University in 2013. His research focuses on solving seismic forward and inverse problems. His master's thesis concerned simulating seismic wave propagation in 3D Earth models by finite difference methods, while his Ph.D. thesis used adjoint methods of imaging the crust and upper mantle beneath Europe and the North Atlantic.

   
 
  Ph.D. STUDENTS
Vladimir Bashkardin

Vladimir Bashkardin

Vladimir Bashkardin holds a degree as a Mining Engineer from the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, in Moscow, Russia, where he specialized in geophysical methods of mineral exploration. He also was a lecturer there for an undergraduate class. Mr. Bashkardin also worked as a software engineer in the development of seismic interpretation software, and has targeted geophysical applications to GPU architectures. His choice of the University of Texas for his postgraduate career was based on "the unparalleled choice of research opportunities".

   
Yankang Chen

Yangkang Chen is currently a Ph.D. student under the supervison of Prof. Sergey Fomel. Yangkang graduated from China University of Petroleum(Beijing) with a B.S. degree on Exploration Geophysics. In his undergraduate study, he worked with Profs. Xiaohong Chen and Jingye Li on research topics in rock physics, and with Dr. Jitao Ma on multiple attenuation using L1-norm matching and noise attenuation using EMD. He chose the University of Texas at Austin because of the high reputation of TCCS in the Exploraion Geophysics field. .
   
No Photo Available Parvaneh Karimi

Parvaneh Karimi received her BS in Mining Engineering from Shahid Bahonar University, Iran, and her master's degree in Geophysics (Exploration Seismology) from the University of Tehran, where she worked on spectral decomposition to estimate seismic thickness and to propose locations for drilling new wells in the Persian Gulf. She was attracted to UT Austin because of its history of excellence and its outstanding intellectual atmosphere.
   
sd Siwei Li

Siwei Li graduated from Peking University with a Bachelor's Degree in Geophysics. During his undergraduate studies, he worked with Prof. Yongshun Chen on deep earthquakes and with Prof. Yanbin Wang on numerical simulations. He also participated in an interdisciplinary project on utilizing geothermal energy. He decided to come to the University of Texas at Austin for its outstanding academic atmosphere and excellence in applied sciences.
   
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Yanadet Sripanich

Yanadet Sripanich was one of the Royal Thai Scholars (2008) who earned a full scholarship from the Royal Thai Government to complete his undergradute study in Geosciences in USA. He enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin in Fall 2009 and received two Bachelor of Science degrees with highest honors in Geophysics and Mathematical Sciences in Spring 2013. He was also a part of the Undergraduate Honor Research Program of the Jackson School of Geosciences. His undergraduate honors thesis, supervised by Dr. Sergey Fomel, was focused on developing efficient algorithms for seismic ray tracing in layered media and their application in exploration geophysics.
www.linkedin.com/pub/yanadet-sripanich/42/35/3a1/

   
Douglas McCowan Junzhe Sun

Junzhe Sun graduated from a joint education program between China University of Petroleum-East China and Missouri University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor's Degree in Geophysics in 2012. He worked with Prof. Stephen Gao on seismic anisotropy and mantle flow when he was at Missouri S&T. He is currently a Ph.D student working with Prof. Sergey Fomel. Junzhe chose the University of Texas because of its rich resources in Earth and computational sciences as well as excellent research opportunities.
www.linkedin.com/pub/junzhe-sun/44/749/3b
   
Zhiguang Xue Zhiguang Xue

Zhiguang Xue earned a bachelor's degree in Exploration Geophysics from China University of Petroleum (East China) in 2012. Before being admitted to the University of Texas at Austin in fall 2013, he worked with Prof. Zhenchun Li on seismic data processing and imaging based on inversion. Zhiguang is currently a Ph.D. student in the Bureau of Economic Geology, working with Sergey Fomel. He chose TCCS for his advanced studies because of its outstanding geophysicists and excellent students, and he looks forward to his studies at this young, creative place.
 
  MASTERS STUDENTS
Luke Decker Luke Decker

Luke Decker is excited to be studying computational methods for seismic imaging under Prof. Sergey Fomel. Luke earned a BA in physics with a minor in mathematics from Whitman College in 2008, authoring an honors thesis, "The Effect of Aluminum Doping on the Molecular Sol Gel Silicate Glasses". After graduation he went to work in the oilfield as a mudlogger for King Canyon Buffalo until December 2010 when he enrolled at Western Washington University to earn a BA in geophysics, completed in December 2011. After completing his Masters, Luke hopes to join industry as an exploration geophysicist. In his free time he enjoys bicycling and bicycle touring.
   
   
Robert Swindeman Ryan Swindeman

Ryan Swindeman received a BS in physics with a minor in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There his research and thesis comprised a condensed-matter physics and geophysics crossover project concerned with earthquake statistics and a mean-field model; his advisor was Dr. Karin Dahmen. Ryan enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin in fall 2013 and is pursuing a MS in geophysics. After graduation, he hopes to find a position in the oil industry.
 
  RESEARCH FELLOWS
Karl Schleicher

Karl Schleicher works closely with our group developing and using new software. He deployed advanced seismic processing technology for GSI, Halliburton Geophysical, Western Geophysical, GDC, AGS, and PGS before retiring in early 2010. Karl is processing public domain seismic data with open software to validate university research and accelerate commercialization.
 
  RESEARCH ASSOCIATES
 
  VISITING PROFESSORS
 
  VISITING Ph.D. STUDENTS
Pengliang Yang

Pengliang Yang

Pengliang Yang received his bachelor's degree in 2009 from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Xi'an Jiaotong University. Previously, he worked on sparsity-based seismic data reconstruction using the theory of compressed sensing. His current research is mainly on reverse time migration and sparse inversion, and at TCCS he will study seismic imaging and inversion.

 
  ALUMNI
No Photo Available Salah Al-Hadab

Salah Alhadab joined Saudi Aramco as Geophysical System Analyst in 2003, after receiving a BS degree in Computer Science. Since then, Salah has been working with the Seismic Data Processing Support Group at Saudi Aramco, where he learned about the discipline of Geophysics. Salah is interested in computational problems related to exploration geophysics.
   
Lubna Barghouty

Lubna Barghouty is an international student from Saudi Arabia. After graduating from Dhahran Ahliyya Schools in the eastern province, she obtained a scholarship from Saudi Aramco Oil Company to study abroad and to pursue a degree in geophysics. She completed her freshman program at McGill University, Montreal, and is now pursuing her bachelors degree at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a student at the Undergraduate Honor Research Program at the Jackson School of Geosciences. Her research, under the supervision of Sergey Fomel and the guidance of Karl Schleicher, aims at multiple attenuation of a 2D marine dataset and testing of an unconventional, velocity-independent seismic imaging method.
   
Jules Browaeys

Jules Browaeys

T. Jules Browaeys works at the Bureau developing computational and theoretical methods for seismic imaging. Dr. Browaeys received his M.Sc. (2001) and Ph.D. (2005) in Geophysics from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris in France. His thesis focused on theoretical and numerical modeling of seismic anisotropy. Dr. Browaeys was trained as a fundamental physicist, qualified as a physics lecturer in 2000, and received an M.Sc. in physics in 2001. He is currently involved in research projects on seismic migration, angle-domain common image gathers, fractal statistics, and parallel computing. His several year's teaching exerience in Paris (France) include wave and vibration physics, gravimetry, and experimental design.

 

   
William Burnett

William Burnett

Will Burnett received a bachelor's degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines amd a master's degree in geological sciences from the University of Texas under the supervision of Robert Ferguson. He is currently working on a doctorate from our group. His interest is in using unconventional attributes of seismic data to determine the subsurface structure. While Bill had other alternatives for his doctoral work, he chose the University of Texas because of its resources that are "second to none", including faculty, facility and equipment. Besides, he adds, it is "a very cool place".

   
Cai_Y Yihua Cai

Yihua Cai received an M.S. in Statistics from the University of Texas at Austin in August 2009. He works with Dr. Sue Hovorka in the the Gulf Coast Carbon Center and is interested in applications of Bayesian analysis and statistics in Geophysics.
   
Douglas McCowan

Zhonghuan Chen

Zhonghuan Chen received his bachelor's degree from Huazhong University of Science and Techenology (2008). He then began his Ph.D. research at Tsinghua University, advised by Prof. Wenkai Lu. Chen is currently a visiting Ph.D student at BEG, collaborating with Sergey Fomel. He is interested in wavefield separation, seismic modeling, and statistics.

   
Jiubing Cheng

Jiubing Cheng

Jiubing Cheng, an Associate Professor from Tongji University, who was awarded a fellowship under the State Scholarship Fund, will spend 1 year at TCCS. His research interests include wave propagation, imaging and velocity model building in anisotropic media, fracture characterization based on azimuth-preserved local angle-domain seismic imaging, rock-facies classification and hydrocarbon prediction by integration of statistical rock physics and seismic inversion, and geophysical technique for shale-gas exploration and development.

   
Douglas McCowan

Gang Fang

Gang Fang is a visiting student at TCCS working with Prof. Sergey Fomel. He has been awarded a scholarship under the China State Scholarship Fund. Gang is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Geophysics at China University of Petroleum (East China) under the supervision of Prof. Qizhen Du. He received his Master's Degree in Geophysics from China University of Petroleum (Beijing). His research interest focuses on true-amplitude seismic imaging for acoustic and elastic media. He chose TCCS because of its outstanding research and talented staff.

   
Douglas McCowan

Shaunak Ghosh

Shaunak Ghosh received his BS and MS degrees in a 5-year integrated program at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. For his thesis, he worked on finding good initial estimates for the Common Reflection Surface Stack from slopes obtained using structural tensors. Previously, Shaunak has undertaken internships at the Bayerisches Geoinstitut (BGI), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the Wave Inversion Technology consortium at the University of Hamburg. He chose UT Austin for his graduate studies because of the excellent program it has in Geosciences and other disciplines pertinent from an applied geophysicist's point of view, such as Computer Science and Petroleum Engineering.

   
No Photo Available Shujuan Guo

Shujuan Guo is a visiting Ph.D. student from the China University of Petroleum (East China). After Shujuan received her bachelor's degree of Exploration Technology and Engineering in 2006, she began her master's degree study of applied geophysics and matriculated to be a doctor student exempted from the admission exam in 2008, under the supervision of Prof. Zhaoqi Tong and Zhenchun Li. Her research is mainly on migration of multiples. She is currently involved in research projects on seismic migration of multiples and reverse-time migration. She believes in having an absolutely worthwhile experience in Austin.
   
Dr. Jun Ji Jun Ji

Jun Ji received his BS (1987) and MS (1989) in engineering from Seoul National University, Korea, and a PhD (1995) in geophysics from Stanford University, where he studied at the Stanford Exploration Project. During the summer of 1993, he was employed as a geophysicist by Mobil Exploration & Production Technical Center. In 1996, he worked as a senior geophysicist at 3DGeo Development Inc.

Since 1997, he has been a professor of Information System Engineering at Hansung University, Seoul, Korea. His research interests are in 3D seismic imaging, inversion, signal processing, and missing data interpolation.

http://ise.hansung.ac.kr/jun
   
Hesam Kazameini

Hesam Kazemeini

Hesam (Sayed Hesammoddin) Kazemeini is a postdoctoral fellow at the Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, and is working with Prof. Sergey Fomel on seismic data processing. Dr. Kazemeini received his Master's Degree in Geophysics specialized in Exploration Seismology from the Institute of Geophysics at Tehran University in Iran. He is interested in wavelet analysis, seismic modeling and multi-component studies among others. He is currently involved in a research project on seismic modeling and improving seismic resolution using unconventional data analysis.

   
Roman Kazinnik

Roman Kazinnik

Roman Kazinnik is a postdoctoral fellow at the Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, and is working with Prof. Sergey Fomel on seismic data processing. Dr. Kazinnik received his Master of Computer Science from Technion, Israel, and his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Tel Aviv University, Israel (2008). His work is focused on Geophysical data analysis, mathematical and computational methods to solve problems in processing of geophysical data and in seismic imaging of the Earth’s interior, and developing new geophysical algorithmic techniques using theoretical seismology, applied mathematics, computational statistics, and signal processing.

   
Douglas McCowan

Alexander Klokov

Alexander Klokov received his M.Sc. (2007) and Ph.D. (2010) in Geophysics from the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas in Moscow, Russia. His thesis was devoted to residual moveout correction based on the Common Reflection Surface principle. At the Gubkin University, Alexander also taught a course on "Computers and Computational Technologies in Exploration Geophysics" for sophomore students. Before joining UT Austin, he worked at OPERA in Pau, France, where he developed new methods for seismic diffraction imaging.

   
Guochang Liu

Guochang Liu (Chinese University of Petroleum)

Guochang Liu is a visiting student from the China University of Petrolem, from which he holds a bachelor's degree in engineering. He has worked on a oroject on "Coupled Fluif Flow and Seismic Wave Propagation for Reservoir Modeling", sponsored by the National Natural Foundation of China, and has coauthored several papers on data transformation schema sucg as wavelets and curvelets. He had heard that the University of Texas is "very good" and has "excellent resources".

   
Yang Liu

Yang Liu

Yang Liu is a postdoctoral fellow at the Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, and is working with Prof. Sergey Fomel on seismic data processing. Dr. Liu received his M.S. (2003) and Ph.D. (2006) in the College of Geo-Exploration Science and Technology, Jilin University, China. His work has focused on the study of several new seismic processing methods and the velocity structure of underground media in northeast of China. Dr. Liu was a lecturer as an employee at College of Geo-Exploration Science and Technology, Jilin University, through 2006. Dr. Liu is currently involved in a research project on seismic data regularization and noise attenuation using novel transform methods.

   
Douglas McCowan Jack Poulson

Jack Poulson completed his masters in aerospace engineering at UT Austin in 2009 and is now a Ph.D. student working with Lexing Ying in the newly renamed Computational Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (CSEM) program.

He is currently interested in the design an implementation of massively parallel fast algorithms and eigensolvers. He has recently released software for efficiently applying multidimensional non-uniform FFTs and FIOs on supercomputers and is also the author of a parallel dense linear algebra library.
   
Xiaolei Song

Xiaolei Song

Xiaolei Song is a recent recipient of a Master's Degree from the Department of Geophysics of Peking University, where she also received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2006. She worked with professor Xiaofei Chen on various projects, including a Master's Thesis "Research on the Effect of Irregular Structure to Inverse Problems of Surface Wave Dispersion Curves". Her choice of Texas was based on several factors, notably including the fact that she had "heard that people are very smart".

   
Nick Tanushev

Nick Tanushev

Lecturer of Mathematics, University of Texas at Austin

http://www.ma.utexas.edu/dev/math/People/fac.html?uid=495

   
Douglas McCowan Paul Tsuji

Paul Tsuji received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics at Columbia University in 2008 and an M.S. in Computational and Applied Mathematics at UT Austin in 2010. Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in the Computational Science, Engineering, and Mathematics program at UT Austin under the supervision of Lexing Ying. His research focuses on fast algorithms for high-frequency wave propagation in heterogeneous and anisotropic media, with applications to electromagnetics, acoustics, and elasticity.
   
Douglas McCowan

Alexander Vladimirsky

Alexander Vladimirsky is Associate Professor of Mathematics at Cornell University, visiting UT Austin on sabbatical in Fall 2011. Alexander received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from UC Berkeley in 2001. His research interests include numerical analysis, partial differential equations, dynamical systems, and algorithms on graphs. http://www.math.cornell.edu/~vlad/

   
Xiaolei Song

Haizhao Yang

Haizhao Yang recieved his Bachelor's Degree in mathematics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2010. He worked with professor Weinan E on complex networks and professor Zhenli Xu on fast algorithms in computational chemistry. He is currently a PhD student in the math department of the University of Texas at Austin, working with professor Lexing Ying on various problems in applied mathematics. His interest is fast algorithms in applied harmonic analysis, computational seismology, signal processing, and complex networks.

   
Lexing Ying

Lexing Ying

Lexing Ying received a PhD from New York University in 2004 and was a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech from 2004 to 2006 before joining UT Austin. He received a Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship in 2007 and an NSF Career award in 2009.

Lexing works in computational and applied mathematics and his research focuses on developing efficient algorithms for the solution of partial differential equations.

http://www.math.utexas.edu/~lexing/

   
z Min Zhang

Min Zhang is a visiting Ph.D student from the China University of Petroleum (East China). After Min received her bachelor's degree of Computer Science and Technology from the College of Computer & Communication Engineering in 2005, she began her master's degree study of applied geophysics in the College of Geo-Resources & Information and matriculated to be a doctor student exempted from the admission exam in 2007, under the supervision of Prof. Zhenchun Li. Her research is mainly on wave-equation migration in complex subsurface structures and migration velocity analysis. She participated in the project "Macroscopic velocity analysis and model building in southern marine facies carbonate exploration area." She believes in having an absolutely worthwhile experience in Austin.
 
Collaborators
  LOCAL COLLABORATORS
Omar Ghattas

Omar Ghattas

Professor and John A. and Katherine G. Jackson Chair in Computational Geosciences

http://users.ices.utexas.edu/~omar/

   
Mrinal Sen

Mrinal Sen

Professor and Jackson Chair in Applied Seismology, Department of Geological Sciences

http://www.ig.utexas.edu/people/staff/mrinal/

   
Richard Tsai

Richard Tsai

Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of Texas at Austin

http://www.ma.utexas.edu/users/ytsai/

   
Loukas Kallivokas

Loukas Kallivokas

Associate Professor and Carrol Allen Fellow in Civil Engineering

http://www.ce.utexas.edu/prof/kallivokas/

   
Chun Huh

Chun Huh

Research Professor, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

http://www.pge.utexas.edu/faculty/huh.cfm

 
  Institutional Connections at the University of Texas
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AGL: Applied Geodynamics Laboratory

http://www.beg.utexas.edu/indassoc/agl/index.htm

   
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EGL: Exploration Geophysics Laboratory

http://www.beg.utexas.edu/indassoc/egl/index.htm

   
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FRAC: Fracture Research and Application Consortium

http://www.beg.utexas.edu/frac/

   
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RCRL: Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory

http://www.beg.utexas.edu/rcrl/

   
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TACC: Texas Advanced Computing Center

http://www.tacc.utexas.edu/

 
  Visitors and outside collaborators
 

Tariq Alkhalifah (KAUST)   https://sites.google.com/a/kaust.edu.sa/tariq/
Brad Artman   (Stanford, currently Spectraseis)
Claudio Bagaini   (Schlumberger)
Maria Cameron   http://www-users.math.umd.edu/~cameron/
Lorenzo Casasanta   (Politecnico di Milano, currently CGGVeritas)
Yunseok Choi   (KAUST) https://sites.google.com/a/kaust.edu.sa/yunseok/
Jon Claerbout   http://sepwww.stanford.edu/sep/jon/
Laurent Demanet http://math.mit.edu/icg/people/laurent.html
Anton Duchkov   http://www.ipgg.nsc.ru/en/Persons/Pages/DuchkovAA.aspx
Antoine Guitton   (Stanford, currently Geo Imaging Solutions)
Gilles Hennenfent (UBC, currently Chevron)  http://wigner.eos.ubc.ca/~hegilles/
Huafeng Liu   (Rice University, currently Chevron)
Jesse Lomask   (Stanford, currently Chevron)
Evgeny Landa    http://opera.univ-pau.fr/uk/index.php
Xuxin Ma   (KAUST) https://sites.google.com/a/kaust.edu.sa/xuxin/
Daniel Rosales   (Stanford, currently Earthworks)
Christos Saragiotis   (KAUST) https://sites.google.com/a/kaust.edu.sa/christos/
Paul Sava   http://newton.mines.edu/paul/home.php
Joerg Schleicher   http://www.ime.unicamp.br/~js/
James Sethian    http://math.berkeley.edu/~sethian/
Jeff Shragge    http://www.uwa.edu.au/people/jeffrey.shragge
Alexey Stovas   (NTNU)
Mirko van der Baan   http://www.ualberta.ca/~vanderba/
Zedong Wu    https://sites.google.com/a/kaust.edu.sa/wu/
Hongkai Zhao    http://math.uci.edu/~zhao/


   
 
 

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