UH EAS Alumnus Wins SEG Best Paper Award

Rui Zhang Now Assistant Professor in Geophysics at University of Louisiana at Lafayette

In October, EAS alumnus Rui Zhang (Ph.D. Geophysics ’10) was recognized by the Society for Exploration Geophysicists with the 2017 Best Paper in Interpretation Award. The award was presented during the Honors and Awards Ceremony at the SEG Annual Meeting at Anaheim, California, held October 14-19, 2018.

SEG Annual Meeting
Dr. Zhang (right) and Dr. Fomel (left) receiving their Best Paper Award at the SEG Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California.

The article, “Time-variant wavelet extraction with a local-attribute-based time-frequency decomposition for seismic inversion,” was co-authored by Sergey Fomel of the University of Texas at Austin. The journal Interpretation, a peer-reviewed journal co-published by SEG and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, focuses on cutting-edge methods of geophysical exploration.

Zhang completed his Ph.D. in geophysics at the University of Houston under the supervision of John Castagna from 2006 to 2010. Zhang currently holds the John E. and Joretta A. Chance Endowed Professorship in Geology and is an assistant professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. From 2010 to 2014, he was a postdoctoral fellow at UT-Austin and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.

SEG is dedicated to promoting the science of geophysics and the education of exploration geophysicists. The Society fosters the expert and ethical practice of geophysics in the exploration and development of natural resources, in characterizing the near-surface, and in mitigating earth hazards. SEG has more than 28,000 members working in more than 130 countries. Robert Stewart, a professor in UH’s EAS Department, currently serves as president of SEG.

Dr. Zhang’s exploration research group at ULL

Description of SEG Honors and Awards Presented at the 2018 Meeting