EAS Faculty Xinding Fang Receives SEG’s J. Clarence Karcher Award

Honored for Contributions in Seismic Exploration, Borehole Acoustics and Rock Physics

Dr. Xinding Fang, adjunct professor since 2017 at the University of Houston’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, received the 2019 J. Clarence Karcher Award at the Society for Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Annual Meeting in San Antonio, September 15-20. The award recognizes his contributions in the areas of seismic exploration, borehole acoustics and rock physics.

Rob Stewart & Xinding Fang
SEG president and UH professor Rob Stewart presents the J. Clarence Karcher Award to Xinding Fang (on right).

Fang is currently an associate professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTC) in Shenzhen, China. He received his Ph.D. from the Earth Resources Lab at MIT in 2013 and then did a one-year postdoc in the same lab. He joined Chevron in 2014 as a research scientist in drilling and completions. In 2017, he joined the faculty at SUSTC.

He has been working with EAS professors Yingcai Zheng, Leon Thomsen and Tom Lapen in fracture imaging, deep earthquake mechanisms and geomechanics modeling.

The J. Clarence Karcher Award is given by SEG in recognition of significant contributions to the science and technology of exploration geophysics by a young geophysicist of outstanding abilities who, in the unanimous opinion of the Honors and Awards Committee and the Executive Committee, merits such recognition. No more than three are awarded each year worldwide. The award is named in memory of J. Clarence Karcher, who made enormous impact in exploration geophysics and pioneered the use of reflection seismology to explore the subsurface.

Recipients must be less than 35 years of age on November 1 of the year preceding presentation of the award. EAS faculty member Dr. Yingcai Zheng is one of the recipients of the J. Clarence Karcher Award in 2015. See related story

(Source: wiki.seg.org/wiki/J._Clarence_Karcher_Award)