Steve Hill

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Steve Hill
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President year 2009

Steve Hill is a geophysicist whose long time association with Conoco allowed him to participate in many aspects of seismic data processing and interpretation. This experience, combined with his skill as a teacher have allowed Dr. Hill to create innovative, interesting, and informative courses on the subject of seismic data processing. Dr. Hill was the 2009-2010 SEG President.


Biography for SEG President Elect Candidacy

Steve Hill has a long record of SEG contributions. He authors the Geophysics Bright Spots column in TLE, is the Special Editor on the TLE Editorial Board, an Associate Editor of Geophysics, and serves as editor of SEG’s Geophysical Developments Series. He chairs the Publications Policy Committee and is a member of the Strategic Finance Committee and Governance Review Committee. Steve is also an instructor in SEG’s Continuing Education program. Steve was SEG’s Secretary-Treasurer in 2003-04, and in that role is proud that his white paper, coauthored with Brian Spies, became SEG’s three-tiered dues structure. Steve served on the SEG Finance and Audit Committee, as chair of SEG’s Ad Hoc Election Procedures Committee, as chair of the Tellers Committee, as Section Representative to the Council, on the Seismic Interpretation Pitfalls Subcommittee, and as publicity chair for an SEG Midwestern Exploration meeting in Tulsa. In 2000, SEG honored Steve with its Special Commendation Award.


After earning a bachelor’s degree in physics (Iowa State University) and a doctorate in physics and astrophysics (University of Colorado), Steve became a tenured faculty member at Michigan State University. In 1976, he received the MSU Teacher-Scholar Award for his public service, teaching, and programming work in telescope automation. Steve was a member of Conoco geophysics organizations from 1978 until 2002—as a processing geophysicist, manager of Conoco Seismic Processing, an interpreter of Oklahoma and Gulf of Mexico seismic data, and technology consultant for Conoco management. Steve is currently an active adjunct associate professor at Colorado School of Mines.

Position Statement

SEG fulfills its mission of promoting subsurface geophysics under the dual constraints of funding and members’ time. In fulfilling its mission, our Society becomes the center for our profession through its electronic and paper publications, meetings, forums, lectures, and scholarships. Our active members give it strength in a myriad of dimensions through unselfi sh contributions of time, energy, and thoughts. A key to our continued progress is capitalizing on the potential contributions of all members in a geography-blind fashion by aligning their passion with our collective needs. A second key is the continued fl attening of our geophysical world, with worldwide participation contributing to SEG’s continued success. I applaud the previous offi cers’ eff orts in increasing the breadth of the organization through the appropriate application of geophysics for the betterment of humanity by encouraging a broad, international footprint, and in their work in augmenting SEG’s traditional funding sources.

If you are not already actively contributing to SEG, I encourage you to start. You and SEG will benefi t in all dimensions. We receive from SEG that which we collectively contribute.

I will be delighted to serve you as a member of your Executive Committee.