22 May 2018
Dr. Tom Smith received a BS and MS degree in Geology from Iowa State University. His graduate research focused on a shallow refraction investigation of the Manson astrobleme. In 1971, he joined Chevron Geophysical as a processing geophysicist but resigned in 1980 to complete his doctoral studies in 3D modeling and migration at the Seismic Acoustics Lab at the University of Houston. Upon graduation with the Ph.D. in Geophysics in 1981, he started a geophysical consulting practice and taught seminars in seismic interpretation, seismic acquisition and seismic processing. Dr. Smith founded Seismic Micro-Technology in 1984 to develop PC software to support training workshops which subsequently and there led to the development of the KINGDOM software suite for seismic interpretation.
The Society of Exploration Geologists (SEG) recognized Dr. Smith’s work with the SEG Enterprise Award in 2000, and in 2010, the Geophysical Society of Houston (GSH) awarded him an Honorary Membership. Iowa State University has recognized Dr. Smith throughout his career with the Distinguished Alumnus Lecturer Award in 1996, the Citation of Merit for National and International Recognition in 2002, and the highest alumni honor in 2015, the Distinguished Alumni Award.
In 2009, Dr. Smith founded Geophysical Insights, where he leads a team of geophysicists and computer scientists in developing advanced technologies for fundamental geophysical problems. Following over 3 years of development, Geophysical Insights launched the Paradise® multi-attribute analysis software, which uses machine learning and pattern recognition to extract greater information from seismic data. Dr. Smith has been a member of the SEG since 1967 and is also a member of the SEG, GSH, HGS, EAGE, SIPES, AAPG, GSH, Sigma XI, SSA and AGU. Dr. Smith served as Chairman of the SEG Foundation from 2010 to 2013. On January 25, 2016, he was recognized the by the Houston Geological Society (HGS) as a geophysicist who has made significant contributions to the field of geology.