Chester J. Weiss

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Chester J. Weiss
Notable awards 2022 Harold Mooney Award
Field Computational Geophysics
Latest company Sandia National Laboratories
BSc Physics, 1992
PhD Geophysics, 1998
BSc university University of Arizona
PhD university Texas A&M University

Bio Sketch

Dr. Weiss (PhD, 1998, Geophysics, Texas A&M) is a cross–disciplinary scientist and recognized leader in computational geophysics, with a principal research emphasis on electromagnetic methods. Now at Sandia National Laboratories by Special Appointment as Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff (adjunct appointment at University of New Mexico, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences), he previously held positions at Virginia Tech (Associate Professor of Geophysics), BP (Scholar in Residence), Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Green's Fellow) and Cambridge University (Visiting Scientist). He is Sandia’s technical lead for DOE’s Orphaned and Abandoned Well Consortium, a role which leverages his broad geoscience expertise and propensity for quantitative rigor tempered by practical usability. He is author of 56 peer reviewed papers and reports (2114 citations), an invited book chapter on magnetotellurics (Chave and Jones, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2012), and 108 national and international conference abstracts/presentations. One presentation was recognized as a “Top 30” presentation of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists 2015 Annual Meeting while another paper in 2019 was awarded “Best Paper” in the Journal of Engineering and Environmental Geophysics. In 2022 he was honored with the Harold Mooney Award by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists for technical excellence and “tireless support” of the Near Surface Geophysics community. He has actively mentored/advised students throughout his career at Sandia and Virginia Tech, who now apply their knowledge of electromagnetics toward successful careers in academia, government laboratories and the energy industry. He has chaired/convened over a dozen special sessions at the annual meetings of the American Geophysical Union and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists on topics ranging from whole-earth electromagnetics to borehole anisotropy to fractional calculus and multi-scale transport. His early-career work in three-dimensional numerical modeling of electrical anisotropy (Weiss and Newman, 2002; 2003) is among the most highly cited literature on the topic. His visualization of the complex electric current patterns within such media resulted in a cover article in Petrophysics (Weiss et al., 2001) which provided new and insightful quantitative rigor to practical interpretation of borehole logging data. Having since worked on marine CSEM problems (Constable and Weiss, 2006; Weiss, 2007), whole–Earth electromagnetic induction (Weiss, 2010; Weiss and King, 2012; Kelbert et al., 2014; Weiss, 2014) and electromagnetic interferometry (Shamsalsadati and Weiss, 2010; 2012; 2014; Slob and Weiss, 2011), his recent work has focused on finite element analysis of generalized transport phenomonena – a return to his roots as a young graduate student – where he has developed real-time modeling solutions to computationally explosive problems in oilfield geophysics[1]. His expertise is sought across Sandia, industry and academe to solve problems in subsurface imaging, optimization, forward modeling of electromagnetic phenomena and analysis of general, geophysical data. He is a member of American Geophysical Union, Society of Exploration Geophysicists and was elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2002. He was Assistant Editor for Geophysical Prospecting (2003-09) and served as Assistant Editor (2009-11, 2016-2020) and frequent reviewer for Geophysics. In 2018 he was elected Chair-elect of the Near Surface Technical Section of the SEG and in 2020 was invited to serve on the Editorial Board of The Leading Edge where in 2022 he was elected Chair, and re–elected in 2023. When not working, he spends his time as a Certified Outdoor Emergency Care Technician and Ski Patroller while pursuing his lifelong passion for fitness, outdoor sports and adventure with his wife and twin nine-year-old boys.

Service to SEG

  • 2023- : JEDI Liaison to the TLE Editorial Board
  • 2022 - : Chair (elected), Editorial Board, The Leading Edge
  • 2022 - : Member, SEG Research Committee
  • 2020-2 : Member, Editorial Board, The Leading Edge
  • 2022  : Member, Organizing Committee, IMAGE22
  • 2018-21: Chair, Near Surface Technical Section (elect, presiding, past)
  • 2022-  : Member, Near Surface Honors and Awards Subcomittee
  • 2022-3  : IMAGE Panel Moderator, Orphaned and Abandoned Wells (Near Surface Pavilion)
  • 2002, 2003, 2005, 2019-23: Special Session Co-convener on borehole/hydro/near-surface and electromagnetics (SEG/IMAGE Annual Meetings)
  • 2009-11, 2016-20: Associate Editor, Geophysics

Honors and Awards

  • 2022: Harold Mooney Award, Near Surface Technical Section, SEG
  • 2020: Best Paper (co-author), Journal of Engineering and Environmental Geophysics, Beskardes et al., (2019)
  • 2018: Distinguished Postdoctoral Mentorship Nominee, Sandia National Laboratories
  • 2015: "Top 30" paper, SEG Annual Meeting
  • 2015: Employee (Team) recognition award, CRADA Partnership with CARBO Ceramics
  • 2010: 4th most cited paper overall in Geophysics in the period covering 2005-10. [2][3]
  • 2004, 2023: Heiland Distinguished Lecturer, Colorado School of Mines, Geophysics Department
  • 2002-3: Cecil and Ida Green Fellow, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

External Links

  1. Weiss, CJ, Methods and devices for preventing computationally explosive calculations in a computer for model parameters distributed on a hierarchy of geometric simplices, USPTO 10010513B2 (2021).
  2. Clark D, The best papers published in Geophysics (by the numbers), Geophysics, 75, A275-96 (2010).
  3. Constable S and CJ Weiss, Mapping thin resistors with marine EM methods: Insights from 1D modeling, Geophysics, 71, G43–G51 (2006).