Awards Committee Members

Anton Ziolkowski Ken Peters Koya Suto
Tiziana Vanorio Andrew Curtis
Chris Ward
Sabine Klarner Leonardo Legarreta
Martin Blunt
Sebastian Geiger Panos Tsourlos René-Éduard Plessix
Lucy MacGregor Carlos Torres-Verdín
Andrey Bakulin
Patrick N.J.Rasolofosaon Evgeny Landa Jean-Jacques Biteau

Anton Ziolkowski
University of Edinburgh (UK)

Anton Ziolkowski is Professor of Petroleum Geoscience at the University of Edinburgh, appointed in 1992. He co-founded MTEM Limited, a 2004 spinout from the University, and was MTEM’s Technical Director until 2007, when the company was bought by Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS), where he became Chief Scientist, Geoscience and Engineering. He returned to the University from his secondment to MTEM and PGS in March 2010. In his earlier career he was a staff member at the Seismic Discrimination Group of Lincoln Laboratory, MIT, 1971-73, Headquarters Geophysicist to the National Coal Board, 1976-80, consultant to the British National Oil Corporation, 1980-82, and Professor of Applied Geophysics at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, 1982-92. He is a recipient of EAGE’s Conrad Schlumberger Award (1982) and Desiderius Erasmus Award (2016).


Ken Peters

Schlumberger Information Solutions Division (USA)

Ken Peters is Science Advisor for Schlumberger where he uses geochemistry and numerical modeling to study petroleum systems. He has ~40 years of experience with Chevron (1978-1993), Mobil (1993-1999), ExxonMobil (1999-2002), USGS (2002-2008), and Schlumberger (2008-present) and published ~160 peer-reviewed geology, geochemistry, and basin modeling books and papers. He was an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer, Honorary Teaching Fellow at the University of Aberdeen, and Visiting Professor at Jacobs University in Germany. He is Associate Editor for AAPG Bulletin, Journal of Petroleum Geology, and Organic Geochemistry. He is a Schlumberger NeXT instructor, an EAGE Student Webinar Lecturer, Fellow in the Geochemical Society, AAPG Charles Taylor Fellow, Geochemical Society Fellow, and Stanford University Adjunct Professor where he co-leads the Basin and Petroleum System Modeling Industrial Affiliates Program ( Ken holds the 2009 Geochemical Society Alfred Treibs Medal, 2013 AAPG Honorary Member Award, 2016 EAGE Alfred Wegener Award, and 2017 AAPG Heritage of the Petroleum Geologist Award. Ken has B.A. and M.A. degrees in geology from UCSB and a Ph.D. in geochemistry from UCLA.


Koya Suto
Terra Australis Geophysica, Brisbane (Australia)

Born in Japan. B.E and M.E graduate in Exploration Geophysics from Mining College, Akita University. Studied further in the University of Adelaide. Koya first studied gravity, airborne magnetics and radiometrics for geological mapping and mineral exploration. He worked for the petroleum industry as a seismic geophysicist for 25 years. He translated “The Microtremor Survey Method” by Prof Okada, published in US by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists in 2003, and “Application Manual of Geophysical Methods to Engineering and Environmental Problems” published by EAGE in 2014. Koya started Terra Australis Geophysica in 2003 to service the civil engineering and environmental industries with near-surface geophysical surveys using the surface wave seismic (MASW) method. Since then he has presented a number of case histories of MASW surveys in international conferences. He served Federal Executive of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG) for over 20 years and as President in 2013-14. Through his involvement in ASEG and its international associates, he was awarded a Service Certificate from ASEG and Recognition of Merit from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists of Japan. Koya was also awarded an Honorary Membership of ASEG in 2010, an Honorary Membership of Association of Geoscientists and Environmentalists of Serbia and Harold Mooney Award of SEG Near Surface Technical Section in 2015. Koya served as SEG Honorary Lecturer for Pacific South in 2017.


Sabine Klarner
Klarenco LLC, Moscow (Russia)


Panos Tsourlos
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)


Leonardo Legarreta
Patagonia Exploracion S.A. (Argentina)


Sebastian Geiger
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (UK)

Professor Sebastian Geiger is the Director of the Institute of Petroleum (IPE) Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. As the Energi Simulation Chair for Carbonate Reservoir Simulation, he also leads the Carbonate Reservoir Group at IPE, serves as the co-director of the International Centre for Carbonate Reservoirs, and frequently provides consulting and CPD training for the energy industry. His current research interests include modelling, simulating, and upscaling multi-phase flow processes in (fractured) carbonate reservoirs. He has authored over 130 technical papers and edited 1 book on these topics. Sebastian received a PhD degree from ETH Zurich in 2004 and an MSc degree from Oregon State University in 2000. He joined Heriot-Watt University in 2006 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 2009 and full professor in 2010. He is a member of EAGE, SPE, AAPG, AGU, and Interpore, a co-editor for Petroleum Geoscience and Transport in Porous Media, and served on numerous technical committees EAGE and SPE. In 2017, he received the Alfred Wegener Award from the EAGE.


Chris Ward 
Baker Hughes, Bogota (Colombia)

Chris Ward is presently Director of Asset Value Assurance for Baker Hughes, based in Bogota, Colombia. He graduated with a B.Sc. degree in geology in 1983 and a Ph.D. in geochemistry in 1988, both from the University of London. His career has spanned both operators and service companies, ranging from field engineer to R&D, and based in the UK, Norway, Canada and US. Chris’ career and interests have covered a wide range of technical disciplines ranging from geology, to drilling engineering, geomechanics, geophysics, and more recently reservoir & production. He has contributed to dozens of books, papers, contributing to the invention of the Pressure While Drilling tool for which he holds four patents. He is a member of the SPE, AAPG, SPWLA and served as President of the EAGE for 2016-17.


Martin Blunt
Imperial College, London (UK)

Martin Blunt joined Imperial College London in June 1999 as a Professor of Petroleum Engineering. He served as Head of the Department of Earth Science and Engineering from 2006-2011. Previous to this he was Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Stanford University in California. Before joining Stanford in 1992, he was a research reservoir engineer with BP in Sunbury-on-Thames. He holds MA and PhD (1988) degrees in theoretical physics from Cambridge University. Professor Blunt's research interests are in multiphase flow in porous media with applications to geological carbon storage, oil and gas recovery, and contaminant transport and clean-up in polluted aquifers. He is a recipient of EAGE’s Desiderius Erasmus Award (2017).


Andrew Curtis
University of Edinburgh (UK)

Andrew Curtis is Professor of Mathematical Geoscience at the University of Edinburgh. He has a B. Sc. Hons. in Mathematics (Edinburgh, 1990), and a D. Phil. (PhD) from the University of Oxford in 1994 focussed partly on geodetic measurement and fault modelling across the Aegean, and partly on seismic surface wave tomography beneath Tibet. He was a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Theoretical Geophysics at Utrecht University 1994-1997, after which he researched industrial seismic data processing and imaging during 8 years as a scientist in Schlumberger Cambridge Research. He left Schlumberger in 2005 to join the University of Edinburgh, first as a Reader, then as a Professor from 2009 up to the present. While at the University of Edinburgh he contributes to the development of methods in seismic interferometry, and to various geophysical imaging techniques and applications. He was Head of the Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences from 2011 to 2014, and in 2017 he won the Reginald Fessenden Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysics for his work on seismic interferometry.


René-Éduard Plessix
Shell (Netherlands)

René-Edouard Plessix is a civil engineer from École des Mines de Saint-Étienne and received a ph.D in applied mathematics from the university of Paris-IX Dauphine in 1996. After a year in the research center of Amoco, he joined Shell research and development center in 1998 and he is currently a principal researcher. His main activity is on geophysical imaging. He notably worked on seismic and electromagnetic modeling and inversion. His main focus is currently on seismic full waveform inversion. He also serves as associate editor of Geophysical Prospecting and Geophysical Journal International.


Lucy MacGregor
Rock Solid Images (UK)

Lucy MacGregor is currently the chief technology officer of Rock Solid Images, and leads the company’s technical group, which specializes in the analysis and interpretation of seismic, well-log, and marine EM data and in the integration of these data types for improved reservoir characterization. She has over 15 years of experience in developing and delivering new technology to the oil and gas industry and has particular expertise in intellectual property protection and strategy. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in the field of CSEM and more than 20 years of experience in marine EM surveying and its application to the detection and characterization of fluids in the earth. Following her Ph.D., she was a Green Scholar at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography working on marine electromagnetic methods, before returning to Cambridge as a Leverhulme Trust/Downing College Research Fellow. In 2000, she moved to the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, as an NERC Research Fellow to continue her work on marine CSEM methods before co-founding OHM in June 2002 and joining the company as a CTO. She was appointed as an SEG Honorary Lecturer in 2011.


Tiziana Vanorio
Stanford University (USA) 


Carlos Torres-Verdín
The University of Texas at Austin (USA)


Patrick N.J.Rasolofosaon
IFP Energies Nouvelles (France)