Faculty and Staff
Ali received a B.Sc. degree from Istanbul University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, all in Engineering Geosciences. His work during this period ranged from deconvolution of seismic data, to full-waveform seismic modeling of vertical seismic profiling (VSP) data, to fracture detection from cross-well reflection/diffraction tomography in anisotropic media at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has taught graduate level courses at the University of Texas, Dallas, Mathematical Sciences Department, and Istanbul Technical University, Geophysics Department. He was a visiting scientist at Karlsruhe University, Germany, where he worked on comparing theoretical aspects of Kirchhoff versus Born modeling and migration. Ali has mentored many Ph.D. interns at ConocoPhillips and Chevron and lead an industrial consortium on time-lapse seismic while at 4th Wave Imaging.
Ali is active within the SEG. He served as SEG Vice-president, Vice-chairman and Chairman of the SEG Global Affairs Committee, and Chairman of the SEG Research Committee. He has been a member and Chairman of the editorial board of The Leading Edge and Associate Editor of Geophysics. He has also been a board member of SEG Global Inc. and Co-chairman of OTC Technical Committee.
Jim joined RCP and the Geophysics Department in April, 2017 as Research Associate Professor. His expertise is in the areas of multicomponent seismic, seismic modeling, seismic inversion, surface seismic and vertical-seismic-profile (VSP), processing and analysis.
Jim received his B.S, M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in geophysics from The University of Texas at Austin. In graduate school, he was a member of Project SEER (Solid Earth Exploration Research), an industry consortium led by Dr. Milo Backus. The goal of Project SEER was to reproduce prestack, elastic seismic data to within 10% absolute error. Towards this goal, Jim contributed in the areas of first-arrival time tomography, amplitude-versus-offset (AVO) modeling in the presence of thin layers, poststack seismic inversion, and prestack elastic seismic inversion.
He then moved uptown to the Bureau of Economic Geology where he worked on seismic interpretation and reservoir characterization, crosswell seismic tomography, VSP’s, and 3-D 9-C seismic data. After a stay at 4th Wave Imaging, Jim joined GX Technology with the charter of initiating and developing a multicomponent seismic program. Once the multicomponent program gained traction, he made research contributions in the areas of converted-wave splitting estimation and compensation, and multicomponent prestack seismic modeling in anisotropic media. While at GXT/ION, Jim advised on multicomponent projects, and worked on 3-D VSP processing and analysis for unconventional reservoirs.
Research interests include the development of techniques to expose, and illustrate, the potential value added from prestack multicomponent seismic data.
Dr. Ge Jin is Assistant Professor of Geophysics and Co-director of the Reservoir Characterization Project. He is interested in Fiber-Optic Sensing (FOS) and machine-learning applications in the oil industry, as well as seismic imaging and interpretation. He obtained his Ph.D. in Geophysics from Columbia University and dual B.S. in Geophysics and Computer Science from Peking University.
From 2014-2019, Dr. Jin worked at ConocoPhillips as a research geophysicist. There he was involved in many cross-functional research projects and made a major breakthrough by discovering the rich information hidden in the extra-low frequency band of the DAS signal. He also developed a series of algorithms that utilize FOS data for production logging, hydraulic fracture detection, well production interference evaluation, and microseismic monitoring. In addition to FOS research, he has developed several workflows that use ground roll energy to image near-surface structures, which have been applied on land seismic data from multiple fields. He has worked on several 4D seismic processing and interpretation projects, including time-shift estimation improvement, rock-physics modeling, and machine-learning-based 4-D interpretation.
RCP Systems and Software Support Engineer
Larry maintains and supervises RCP’s computer hardware, software and data inventories. Prior to joining Colorado School of Mines in April 2017, Larry was a senior geophysical analyst at FairfieldNodal. With 18 years of experience in information technology (IT) and software development, Larry’s IT experience includes database applications, computer systems administration, Internet security, network administration, computer telephony, and hardware engineering. He also has 22 years of professional geophysical experience in the petroleum and environmental industries. Larry holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology from the University of Nebraska. Larry is a past President and an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Denver Geophysical Society. He is a registered Professional Geologist in Wyoming.
Sue serves as program manager for RCP, focusing on business development and communications with industry sponsors and graduate student teams. Sue holds a Bachelor degree in Geology and Masters in Education from the University of Colorado. Her career background in geophysics in the energy industry includes experience with product development, marketing and strategic business management for seismic acquisition-related software and related technologies.
Sue is active in professional organizations including SEG, AAPG, and DGS. She served as executive board member for the Denver Geophysical Society, and has been SEG Exhibitor Chair for past annual conferences. Sue is General Vice Chair for SEG’s 2021 conference.
Bin joined the Department of Geophysics at Colorado School of Mines in 2019 and became a postdoctoral fellow with RCP in 2020. He received a B.S. degree from University of Science and Technology of China in 2013 and a Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M University in 2018, both in Geophysics. His research interests revolve around earthquake physics and seismology, including dispersion analysis of interface waves, elastic wave propagation modeling, dynamic rupture simulation, earthquake cycle modeling and earthquake statistics. His recent work is multichannel analysis of microseismic-induced guided waves observed by downhole distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) in unconventional reservoir during hydraulic fracturing operations.
Frantisek joined Reservoir Characterization Project at Colorado School of Mines as a Postdoctoral fellow in November 2020.
Research interests include microseismic monitoring of hydraulic fracturing, induced seismicity monitoring, and fiber-optic sensing applications for the oil and gas industry. Frantisek received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in geophysics from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. During his doctoral studies, he was a Visiting Researcher at Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, Chinese and Italian academies of sciences, and the University of Strasbourg. From 2012 to 2020, Frantisek worked at the Czech Academy of Sciences as a research geophysicist and cooperated with Prague-based service company Seismik, analyzing passive seismic data acquired during reservoir stimulations using both surface and downhole arrays. Frantisek worked on the development of new algorithms for microseismic event detection, location, and source mechanism inversion and co-authored a new geomechanical model explaining seismicity observed during hydraulic fracturing in shale. He is a member of professional societies SEG, EAGE, and SPE.