Maitri Erwin graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998 with a BS degree in geology, and from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2003 with a MS degree in structural geology and an interdisciplinary MS degree in computational sciences and geophysics.
Since 2003, Maitri has worked in various capacities in exploration, field development and R&D, including seismic interpretation and inversion, reservoir characterization, prospect maturation, subsurface technology, exploration bid rounds, drilling recommendations, team management and business development. Between 2003 and 2009, Maitri worked at Shell Exploration and Production Company in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is now Manager, South America New Ventures Exploration at Nexen CNOOC Limited based in Houston, Texas.
Maitri is also First Vice President-elect of the Geophysical Society of Houston, board member and advisor to Project Gutenberg, the oldest publisher of free electronic books, and an emeritus member of the University of Wisconsin Department of Geoscience Board of Visitors.
Maitri Erwin is a founding member, former Finance Chair and current Chair of the SEG Women's Network Committee.