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, Erwin has worked in various capacities in field development, geospatial R&D and exploration, including seismic interpretation and inversion, reservoir characterization, subsurface technology, exploration bid rounds, drilling recommendations, team management and business development. She now manages South America New Ventures at Nexen CNOOC Limited.
Erwin is also 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.
Erwin is a founding member, former Finance Chair and current Chair of the SEG Women's Network Committee.