Don Steeples is an American geophysicist and was the 2013-2014 SEG President.
President Elect Biography
Don Steeples received a PhD in Geophysics from Stanford University in 1975. He is McGee Distinguished Professor of Geophysics at the University of Kansas (KU), where his near-surface seismic research has led to 25 coauthored papers in Geophysics. He has consulted for more than 50 companies, including Exxon, Amoco, Phillips, Mobil, Schlumberger, and I/O. While serving for several years as an administrator at KU, he provided leadership within a large organization by managing more than 600 employees and overseeing an annual $100 million budget. Don's most fulfilling moment as a geophysicist came in 2002, when the Kansas Geological Survey's research group composed entirely of his former students received SEG's Distinguished Achievement Award.
Don is one of only nine members of SEG to have been awarded both Life Membership (1996) and Honorary Membership (2009). In 2007 he was Distinguished Lecturer; he served on SEG's Executive Committee as Geophysics editor (1989–91). On the Annual Meeting Technical Program Committee four times, he chaired it in 2012. He led the Committee on Digital Publications, which developed georom. He was a member of the SEG Engineering and Groundwater Committee (1984–90), the Publications Committee (1985–93; Chair, 1991–93), the SEG-AAPG Joint Committee on the 3D Seismic Atlas,the Industry/Academic Liaison Committee (1983–84) and was a Continuing Education instructor (1991–2004). Don was the first president of SEG's Near-Surface Geophysics Section and was on its executive committee from 1993 to 1995, receiving its Frischknecht Award in 1996 and Honorary Life Membership in 2008.
As SEG moves into an increasingly international arena, my experience as scientist, educator, and administrator promises to be of value to the organization and its members. As president, I would concentrate first on the design of SEG's volunteer program. To function effectively, SEG depends not only on its excellent professional staff but also on an army of volunteers. To strengthen this and other programs, I would
- use SEG's website to provide a clearinghouse where those willing to serve in a voluntary capacity—for example, reviewing abstracts and manuscripts or serving on committees—can register for activities in which they would like to be involved
- advertise that registry of volunteers so that committee chairs, associate editors, SEG officers, and others can identify new volunteers to help with the many tasks required to keep SEG functioning
- work to enhance on-line delivery of continuing education courses to reach those for whom travel is not an option
- continue to enhance SEG student-chapter benefits, as today's students are SEG's future
If elected, I would be both honored and delighted to serve; if my close friend, pheasant-hunting buddy, and former student Brad Birkelo is elected, I will be very proud!