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M.Sc thesis: Using Fault Kinematics to Evaluate the Relationship Between Cenozoic Fault Activity, Sedimentation Rates and Salt Movement in the Gulf of Mexico - A Comparison Between Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Louisiana
I graduated with a bachelor of science in Applied Geophysics from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia in 2010. I started in petroleum engineering but shifted my interest to geophysics at the end of my first year in college.
Currently, I am a
graduate student with Dr Lorenzo. We are studying the
evolution of faults in the northern coast of the Gulf of
Mexico, South of the state of Louisiana. We use a compilation
of Digital Elevation Maps (DEM LiDARS) and 2-D Seismic lines
to assists us in our study.
Ph.D. dissertation: Seismic Velocity Characteristics of Partially Saturated Unconsolidated Sediments
I graduated with a bachelor of science in geology from China University of Geosciences (Beijing) in 2010. For my undergraduate thesis, I worked with Dr. Wenlong Ding to interpret and classify the inversion tectonics in Bongor Basin, Chad.
I started my interest in geophysics under the direction of Dr. Juan Lorenzo from 2011. We are working to improve the velocity-predictive model and to build a saturation-predictive model for unconsolidated sand. We also intend to test the models in a lab-scale sand tank by a vibration source and 48 accelerometers.
I joined Dr. Lorenzo’s group in 2011 . I study the microseismic events associated with hydraulic fracture propagation from a theoretical model perspective. I am applying seismic models to seismic data during the hydraulic fracture treatment.I got a Bachelor degree of Science in geophysics at 2010 from University of Science and Technology of China, which has the top geophysics program in China.
I received my BS and MS in Chemistry at Mississippi College. After graduation, I worked in the oil field as a LWD (logging while drilling) field engineer for Pathfinder, a petroleum/drilling service company in Lafayette, LA. After three years in the field, I decided that there were no good reasons why I shouldn’t be the one in the office telling people where to drill and went back to school to work on my PhD in Geophysics at LSU. My dissertation work focuses on velocity and attenuation modeling of the near-surface. Throughout the school years, classwork was balanced with weekend trips for seismic acquisition, conference presentations, and even the Imperial Barrel competition during the spring of 2011. During the summers, I interned with different petroleum exploration companies. I enjoyed my first summer as a PhD candidate with Southwestern Energy in Houston, doing regional mapping. The next two summers, I interned with Chevron, with whom I have accepted a full time position.
Shannon Chollett (M.Sc., P.E., 2012)
now at Newfield Exploration Company
David Smolkin (M.Sc., 2011) now at Devon Energy
M.S. thesis : Laboratory Scale Seismic Analysis of a Spatially Variable Hydrological Surface in Unconfined, Unconsolidated Sand
I graduated with a bachelor of science in physics from Millsaps College in 2008. I became interested in geophysics late in my career at Millsaps while working with Dr. Jamie Harris and some of his students on several data acquisition and several instrument repair projects.
my thesis, I worked under Dr. Juan Lorenzo to develop a
high frequency data acquisition system to measure the cone of
depression induced by pumping within a slightly larger-than-lab
scale environment. I interned with Devon Energy during the
summer of 2009 as an exploration geoscientist. I learned the
workflow involved in deepwater exploration in the Gulf of Mexico
including interperting well logs, tying those to seismic with
synthetics seismograms, and then interpreting seismic surveys
and creating structure maps. I joined Devon Energy once I
Erin Elliott (M.Sc., 20011) now at the Bureau of Ocean Management and Regulation and Enforcement
I received by Bachelors of Science Degree from Millsaps College, graduating with honors in May of 2008. My chosen major was geology with a concentration in geophysics and a minor in physics. I became interested in geology the first semester that I attended Millsaps through the introductory level class, and we have been inseparable ever since. While at Millsaps, I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Jamie Harris on a shallow seismic reflection imaging project, which became my undergraduate honors thesis. This solidified my love of geophysics, in particular seismology.
In August 2008, I began graduate school at Louisiana State University working on a shallow seismic project in Livingston Parish, Louisiana under the direction of Dr. Juan Lorenzo. We are working to create a model of fault propagation in soft sediment systems to better understand how fault systems interact.
During the summer of 2009, I was a geophysics intern for Newfield Exploration in Houston, TX. The summer consisted of interpreting 3D seismic data and working with an intern geologist to produce a viable prospect.
Carrie Cazes (M.Sc. for 2004), ConocoPhilips summer intern, Alaska, 2003, ExxonMobil 2004, Now at Hess Corporation.
Mike Lorentz (BSc in Geology, LSU 2001)
While an undergraduate student I became very interested in the application of computers in geoscience. I worked with Dr. Lorenzo to develop a JAVA frontend for GMT, a commonly used set of free geophysical data analysis and manipulation tool (Smith and Wessel) in the geoscience community. I also developed a database in Excel for a regional seismic grid.
Since leaving school I have mainly worked in oil and gas sector. I worked 3 years for Hays Information Management and now I work at Apache Oil Corporation as a database analyst supporting their exploration and development group, corporate databases as well as exploration and production record management software. I'm still looking for more opportunities to gain knowledge with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications. I enjoy the field because it gives me the chance to advance my skills continually while keeping me flexible to weather the ups and downs of the oil industry.
Beth Yuvancic Strickland (BSc.,in Geology, LSU 2001)
Adeniyi Saanumi (M.Sc., 2006), Texaco, Exxon intern 2000, Scholarship, 2004, ConocoPhillips intern, 2005, Currently employed by Marathon Oil, Houston. SGS
John Londono (Ph.D., 2004), Shell summer intern, 2003, Shell employee
Title of Dissertation: Foreland Basins: Lithospheric Flexure, Plate Strength and Regional Stratigraphy
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Kush currently works as a Bluware Inc. consultant with Shell on research and development for their internal seismic processing system, SIPMAP on 4D time-lapse and seismic absorption techniques and framework.
Kush Tandon completed his doctorate at Louisiana State University working with Juan Lorenzo in 1998. He worked on causes of continental extension in collisional margins (Timor-Tanimbar-Aru Trough and Alboran Sea) using various geophysical techniques such as, computer modeling of the mechanical behavior of the earth’s outer veneer, gravity modeling, reflection seismology, and participating in the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Leg 161, Western Mediterranean (Alboran Sea).
Kush Tandon also has degrees from Cornell University, and Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (India). In past, Kush has also worked at Oil and Natural Gas Commission, ARCO International Oil and Gas Company, Oregon State University, and Fugro-Jason.
Publications Related to Graduate Work at LSU
Tandon, K., J. M. Lorenzo, S. Widiyantoro, and G. W. O’Brien, Variations in Inelastic Failure of Subducting Continental Lithosphere and Tectonic Development: Australia-Banda Arc Convergence: American Geophysical Union Geodynamics Series on Plate Boundary Zone, Edited by S. A. Stein and J. T. Freymueller, Vol. 30, 341-357, 2002.
Tandon, K., J. M. Lorenzo, and G. W. O’Brien, Effective Elastic Thickness of the Northern Australian Continental Lithosphere Subducting Beneath the Banda Orogen (Indonesia): Inelastic Failure at the Start of Continental Subduction: Tectonophysics, Vol. 329, 39-60, 2000.
Lorenzo, J. M., G. W. O’Brien, J. Stewart, and K. Tandon, Inelastic Yielding and Forebulge Shape Across a Modern Foreland Basin: North West Shelf of Australia, Timor Sea: Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 25, 1455-1458, 1998.
Tandon, K., J. M. Lorenzo, and J. de La Linde Rubio, Timing of Rifting in the Alboran Sea -- Correlation of Borehole (ODP Leg 161 and Andalucia A-1) to Seismic Reflection Data: Implications for Basin Formation: Marine Geology, Vol. 144, 275-294, 1998.
Ricky Boehme (M.Sc., 1996) now at CHEVRON TEXACO in the Lafayette Offices
THESIS TITLE: Stratigraphic response to Neogene tectonism on the Australian Northwest Shelf
M.S. in Geophysics, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile, 2001
Thesis called Bathymetric Study of Chilean Margin (financed by the National Geology and Mining Service of Chile, Santiago, Chile).
May 2002 – June 2003 Catholic University of Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Chile. University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
in Gas Hydrates
project. Performed processing of multibeam bathymetry and
November 2000 – March 2002 PGW S.A. Geophysics Consultants, Santiago, Chile.
Performed processing and compilation of magnetic and radiometric data, and developing of applications for Oasis Montajge and Arcview Softwares. Participated in geophysical interpretation projects. Also, performed ER-Mapper and Oasis Montaj support.
March – June 2000 Geodatos S.A.I.C. Geophysics Consultants, Santiago, Chile. (Part time)
Performed data processing of sidescan sonar data, using Matlab and C programming languages.
1998 – 1999 National Geology and Mining Service of Chile, Santiago, Chile
Performed research on the thesis Bathymetric Study of Chilean Margin, using GMT and MB-System software, and C programming on Unix environment.
1996 – 1997 Department of Geophysics, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile.
Performed research on bathymetry of southern Chile, trying to improve world bathymetric database with seismic profiles. Participated in CTJ cruise on R/V L’Atlante at Taitao Triple Joint, Chile.