Dr. K. M. Strack is president of KMS Technologies- KJT Enterprises Inc. specializing in borehole logging tool and permanent sensor development. Kurt also serves as Adjunct Professor in the Geosciences Department at the University of Houston where he teaches borehole geophysics. Before starting KJT Enterprises, Kurt served as Chief Scientist for Baker Atlas in Houston after being Resistivity Product Line manager and Advanced Scientific Research Department manager. There he supported Logging Tool Development and Interpretation through modeling yielding numerous new logging tools. Prior to that Kurt pioneered LOTEM (Surface transient electromagnetics for hydrocarbon exploration) development and several advanced borehole research ideas in Germany, Australia and the USA. Kurt received a Ph.D. from the University of Cologne, Germany and a M.Sc. from Colorado School of Mines. He worked over the past 20 years as a geophysical consultant and as university researcher and teacher as R & D manager in the geothermal and logging industry.
Kurt has over 100 publications, 1 textbook and authors/co-authors over 10 patents. He also received a Fulbright scholarship and numerous international grants/awards throughout his career. His main interest is integrating geophysics with other disciplines, technology transfer and project development. He is a member of SPWLA, AAPG, ASEG, DGG, BDG, SPE, SEG and EAGE. He was 1998-1999 SPE distinguished lecturer on Through Casing Resistivity. Apart from chairing many workshops at International Conventions he was co-chairman of SEG Summer research workshops on: Integration of Seismic Data with Well Logs (1995), NMR Imaging of Reservoir Attributes (1998), Effective Technology Transfer of Model-based Geo-Inversion Techniques (1999), and Pore Pressure Prediction (2002). He was also co-chairman of the SPWLA topical conference on Borehole Anisotropy (April 2000) and Guest Editor of the special issues of Petrophysics on Borehole Anisotropy. Kurt has taught courses and mentored many students and professionals at many universities and companies in the international oil industry.
Honors and Awards
- 2006 - 2008: SEG Research Committee Chair
- 2006 - present: Yangtze University, Expert Advisory Committee Member
- 2004 - 2005: Distinguished Speaker Award
- 2003: Distinguished Technical Achievement Award
- 2003: Member of Russian Academy of Natural Sciences
- 2003 Kapitsa gold Medal of Honor
- 2003 Reginald Fessenden Award
- 1999 Distinguished Lecturer for the 1998-99 program