As Director of The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics from 1994 through 2008 and Shell Distinguished Chair in Geophysics (Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences) (1997-2013), Dr. Paul L. Stoffa applied his expertise in multichannel seismic acquisition, signal processing, acoustic and elastic wave propagation, modeling and inversion of geophysical data, along with his knowledge of parallel computers, to develop new seismic data acquisition and processing methods for use to address complex geologic problems.
Dr. Stoffa received his B.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1970 and his Ph.D. in Geophysics from Columbia University (Lamont) in 1974. He has published over 100 research articles in refereed journals and co-authored Global Optimization Methods in Geophysical Inversion as part of the Elsevier Advances in Exploration Geophysics series. Dr. Stoffa was a member of the Board of Governors of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International, Inc. (now the International Ocean Discovery Program, or IODP) and served as chairman from 2005-2007. He was also a member representative for The University of Texas at Austin to the Consortium for Ocean Leadership from 2007-2009. A member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) which awarded him an Honorary Membership, the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), Dr. Stoffa is also a recipient of the Society of Brazilian Geophysicists’ Foreign Geophysicist Recognition Award. He is an associate of the EDGER Forum, an industry consortium that sponsors Education & Research in Exploration Geophysical Technology.
Multichannel seismic acquisition, signal processing, acoustic and elastic wave propagation, modeling and inversion of geophysical data.
Ph.D., Columbia University (1974)
B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1970)