Bin Wang

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SEG Life Membership 2014 [1]

Bin Wang has been an associate editor of Geophysics since 2007 in velocity model building. He served on the SEG Technical Committee for the annual meetings in 1997, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013, organizing and chairing technical sessions on migration, velocity model building, tomography, and full-waveform inversion. Bin has organized and coorganized three SEG summer research workshops and five postconvention workshops. He has been a member of the SEG Research Committee since 2007.

Biography Citation for SEG Life Membership 2014

Contributed by Biondo Binodi and Faqi Liu

It is most appropriate for SEG to award life membership to Bin Wang to recognize his exceptional contribution and service to the Society, which can be dated to nearly 20 years ago. Over the years, he has generously donated numerous weekends and spare time to the Society.

Bin holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Beijing University in China and a Ph.D. in geophysics from Purdue University. He also obtained an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas. Like his education, Bin’s contributions to SEG are multifold. Besides being a dedicated volunteer, he is a significant technical contributor and an excellent mentor.

Bin started his geophysical career with Mobil Oil in 1993. Along with his mentor, Keh Pann, Bin is one of the first geophysicists who worked on migration-based reflection tomography. This pioneer work was recognized by SEG as outstanding papers in 1994 and 1995. Bin and Keh were also among the first in the seismic industry to incorporate the now well-known matching-pursuit concept from the electrical-engineering discipline. Their presentation, “Kirchhoff migration of seismic data compressed by matching pursuit decomposition,” received an honorable mention for best oral presentation at the 1996 SEG annual meeting.

As a young geophysicist, Bin started his service to SEG as a Technical Committee member for the annual meeting in 1997 and as coorganizer of a postconvention workshop. While working for Mobil in Dallas, he became an adjunct faculty member in computer sciences at the University of Texas–Dallas. He taught many high-level undergraduate and graduate courses on evenings and weekends. This level of dedication to his profession and to the education and mentoring of younger scientists is still a persistent feature in Bin’s career.

From 2002 to 2007, Bin was a senior adviser and team leader at CGGVeritas, where he continued his work on tomography and migration algorithms, focusing on subsalt imaging. He and his colleagues, Patrice Guillaume and François Audebert, developed a subsalt velocity perturbation scan technique. Bin’s presentation on this topic was again recognized as among the top 3% at the 2004 SEG annual meeting, and the technique has become standard practice in the industry.

Starting in 2007, Bin’s involvement in SEG has increased. He has served as an Associate Editor for Geophysics and an active member of the SEG Research Committee, organizing various SEG postconvention workshops and summer research workshops. He has also been on the Technical Committee for most of the SEG annual meetings since 2007.

In 2007, Bin joined TGS as a research manager, and he is now director of research and development. At TGS, he has continued his work on subsalt imaging. Many of his contributions to subsalt imaging have gained industry attention and have been adopted by other companies. He led a team that developed interactive imaging for salt-scenario testing in 2008, winning special recognition after being presented at EAGE. His team also developed an efficient subsalt scan technique based on RTM called RTM-based delayed-imaging time scan, which was awarded a top 3% for an SEG presentation in 2009.

Bin was chairman of the organizing committee for the 2010 SEG summer research workshop on subsalt imaging. The workshop was well attended by all major players in the industry, attracting a capacity audience. Because of the positive impact of the workshop, it was decided to publish most of the papers in Geophysics as a special section, and Bin served as one of the guest editors.

Because of his contributions to subsalt imaging, Bin was recognized as a distinguished lecturer by EAGE in 2010. In 2013, he was named an EAGE e-lecturer for least-squares RTM.

SEG will continue to thrive through its ability to replace the aging workforce with motivated young scientists. For this, it requires enthusiastic and charismatic mentors. Bin is one of them. In addition to tutoring and mentoring students at the University of Texas–Dallas, he also has done so through various roles in SEG. Whenever the capacity, he has helped to create opportunities for young geophysicists to become involved in SEG activities and to develop their skills. Bin believes in empowering his colleagues and supporting young scientists simply because it is the right thing to do.


  1. SEG Honors and Awards Ceremony in Official Program and Exhibitors Directory, SEG Denver 26-31 October 2014 p.36-49.