For Immediate Release
Dr. Tom Smith of Geophysical Insights is elected Chair to the SEG Foundation
Houston, Texas – 4 August 2011 – The SEG Foundation, the arm of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) responsible for funding and grant programs, announced today the election of Dr. Tom Smith as Board Chairman. Dr. Smith was appointed to a 3-year term on January 1, 2010 and was recently elected by the Board to serve as Chairman for 2011. He joins Gary Servos, Executive Advisory Vice-Chair, and Jeff Springmeyer, Treasurer, as officers of the Foundation.
Dr. Smith is founder and former president of Seismic Micro-Technology and has recently launched Geophysical Insights to develop new technologies for seismic interpretation. He has been a member of SEG since 1967 and has assisted in several SEG convention committees. He was also awarded the SEG Enterprise Award in 2000.
“The SEG and SEG Foundation are important organizations supporting the rapidly growing body of knowledge of geophysics, and I’m honored to be elected Chair for the SEG Foundation,” says Dr. Smith. “I’m especially excited to participate in the many excellent programs that the Foundation supports, such as Geoscientists Without Borders®, Foundation Scholarship Program, Field Camps and Student Programs. On behalf of the SEG Foundation, I invite the members of the SEG to consider what they may do to help us build a stronger organization and to use our skills and resources to further the mission of the SEG Foundation.”
About SEG Foundation
The SEG Foundation (http://www.seg.org/web/foundation) advances geophysics today and inspires geoscientists for tomorrow through funding innovative activities and grant programs that benefit geophysicists, their professional community, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and the general public. The SEG Foundation is an Oklahoma not-for-profit corporation classified as a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization. Gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible as allowed by law.
About Dr. Tom Smith
Dr. 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 pursue doctoral studies in Geophysics at the University of Houston. Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. in Geophysics in 1981 under Dr. Fred Hilterman. Upon completing his doctoral work, he started a geophysical consulting practice, taught 5-day seminars in seismic interpretation, seismic acquisition and seismic processing through OGCI. Dr. Smith founded Seismic Micro-Technology (SMT) in 1984 and there led the development of the KINGDOM software suite for seismic interpretation. The KINGDOM software grew in popularity as it was adopted across the industry. In 2007, he sold the majority position of the company to a group of investors, but retained a position on the company’s Board of Directors. SMT is in the process of being acquired by IHS. On completion, the SMT Board of Directors will be dissolved. In 2008, he founded Geophysical Insights(www.geoinsights.com) where he and several other geophysicists are developing advanced technologies for fundamental geophysical problems.