Ionelia Panea

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Ionelia Panea
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Latest company University of Bucharest
PhD university Delft University of Technology

SEG Outstanding Educator Award 2023

Ionelia Panea received a PhD from Delft University of Technology in 2007 and is currently an associate professor at the University of Bucharest. She has touched the professional lives of many students through her instruction, SEG-supported field camps, and publications. Repeated testimonials by former students attest to her dedicated instruction. She has been involved with the university’s SEG student chapter, and she teaches seismic acquisition, processing, and programming. Panea participates on the SEG Europe Regional Advisory Committee and in EVOLVE. She has mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students in their research projects.

Biography Citation for the Outstanding Educator Award

by Jacob Fokkema

The Joy of Understanding and the Insight of Sharing

Ionelia Panea, affectionately known as Lili, joined the applied-geophysics group at Delft University of Technology in 2002 to commence her doctoral research. Prior to her arrival, she served as a teaching assistant in the Department of Geophysics at the University of Bucharest. Her PhD research was conducted under the auspices of the Netherlands Research Centre for Integrated Solid Earth Science (ISES), a program established in 1999 with significant government funding. ISES aimed to advance our understanding of the solid earth as a dynamic system and improve geoprediction capabilities in both space and time.

Her work centered on the utilization of single sensors in seismic acquisition, processing, and interpretation, representing a novel approach to extracting seismic information from data obtained in rugged and hilly terrain. She advocated for the implementation of the minimum-variance distortionless response beamforming technique on single-sensor data, demonstrating its effectiveness through successful application to field data collected during a campaign in Romania.

Lili successfully balanced her PhD research with a teaching assistantship in the faculty of geology and geophysics in Bucharest, which she commenced in 2001. In this role, she instructed students in seismic prospecting and applied geophysics within the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The courses placed significant emphasis on the importance of data acquisition for optimal data handling during subsequent processing stages. As time progressed, Lili enhanced the course content to encompass the design of passive- and active-source seismic surveys.

In her lectures, Lili incorporated the latest advancements and groundbreaking findings presented at annual meetings including those of SEG and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE). She also included published results from studies related to surface-wave analysis, seismic interferometry, refraction interferometry, prestack and poststack stereotomography, trace interpolation, and seismic modeling using finite-difference and ray-tracing techniques. By integrating these cutting-edge topics in her teaching, Lili ensured that her students were exposed to the latest developments in the field of geophysics.

From 2013 to 2017, Lili took the initiative to organize virtual courses for students. These courses featured renowned professors and researchers from esteemed universities and companies who delivered presentations on various geophysics topics related to hydrocarbon exploration.

Lili provided supervision to more than 100 graduate students, guiding them in diverse areas such as programming, seismic data processing, modeling, and interpretation for their graduation theses. She actively encouraged and supported numerous students in writing and submitting extended abstracts for presentation at prestigious events such as the annual meetings of SEG and EAGE, as well as national conferences. By nurturing their research and presentation skills, Lili empowered her students to share their work with the wider geophysics community, fostering a culture of knowledge exchange and professional growth.

In summary, Lili is highly valued and appreciated by both students and industrial partners. She has established meaningful connections between students and industry, showcasing her dedication and drive. It is a remarkable feat to be able to effectively convey knowledge and educate students, and Lili has demonstrated exceptional proficiency in this regard. Her ability to maintain a well-balanced approach between research and education exemplifies the essence of academic development and contributes to a comprehensive learning experience for her students.

Without hesitation, I firmly believe that Lili embodies the perfect fusion of research and education. Thankfully, individuals with her passion and dedication exist within our midst. They guarantee the constant advancement of our science and technology by nurturing the next generation. In conclusion, I proudly affirm that Lili is a deserving recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award. As her PhD advisor, I am honored that she has been bestowed with this well-deserved recognition.