EAS-HGS Annual Sheriff Lecture 2017

Event Organized by EAS and Houston Geological Society

Dr. Craig ShippSheriff Lecture speaker Dr. Craig Shipp (left) and EAS department chair Dr. Hua-wei Zhou. Photo credit: Linda Sternbach.The joint Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences-Houston Geological Society Annual Sheriff Lecture took place on November 27. This year’s distinguished speaker was Dr. Craig Shipp from Shell. His presentation, titled “Where Offshore Drilling Meets Shallow Geology: Impact of Near-surface Depositional Systems on Deepwater Operations,” summarized geohazards encountered in offshore and onshore drilling. More than 110 people attended the event held at the Norris Conference Center Houston CityCentre.

The UH EAS department also presented its annual alumni awards to Dr. Karen Love (Geology M.S. ’85, Ph.D. ’90) and Dr. Alex Woronow (Geology M.S. ’73), both of whom are retired from ExxonMobil.

Dr. Karen LoveDr. Hua-wei Zhou (left) presenting the annual EAS alumni awards to Dr. Karen Love and Dr. Alex Woronow (not pictured). Photo credit: Linda Sternbach.Three EAS students were recognized for outstanding poster presentations, which took place during the cocktail hour. A panel of faculty, alumni and industry volunteers evaluated the 33 student entries. There were two categories this year, Ph.D. and Undergraduate/M.S.

First Place Ph.D. Group

Shenelle Gomez
Title: “Seismic Characterization of Neogene Mass Transport Complexes, Barbados Basin”

Second Place Ph.D. Group

Ismot Jahan
Title: “Analysis of Fault Distribution and Orientation Using Rose Plot Seismic Attribute in the Middle Bakken Formation”

First Place Undergraduate/M.S. Group

Student Poster Presentation WinnersStudent Poster Presentation Winners. From left to right: Liam Lauckner, Ismot Jahan, Dr. Hua-wei Zhou, and Shenelle Gomez. Photo credit: Linda Sternbach.Liam Lauckner
Title: “Osmium Isotopic Evidence for Volcanism during the Mid-Cenomanian Event”

EAS Faculty Judges

Jinny Sisson
Rob Stewart
Alex Robinson
Jiajia Sun
Pete Emmet
Evgeni Chesnokov

Industry Judges

Bryan Ott (Hess, Alum)
Mohammad Ullah (BP, Alum)
Patrick Loureiro (Hess, Alum)
Lisa Buckner (Hess, Alum)
Shawn Wright (Hess, Alum)
Katy Sementelli (Hess)