Maitri Erwin graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998 with a BS degree in geology, and from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2003 with a MS degree in structural geology and an interdisciplinary MS degree in computational sciences and geophysics.
Since 2003, Maitri has worked in various capacities in oil and gas exploration, field development and R&D. These include subsurface technology development, seismic interpretation and inversion, reservoir characterization, prospect maturation, exploration bid rounds, drilling recommendations, team management and business development.
Maitri started her career in 2003 at Shell Exploration and Production Company in New Orleans, Louisiana as a field development geophysicist. Between 2009 and 2020, Maitri was a geophysicist and new ventures exploration leader at CNOOC International.
Passionate about literacy and empowering women in science and technology leadership, Maitri is a board member of Project Gutenberg, advisor to GeoLatinas, former First Vice President of the Geophysical Society of Houston, and an emeritus member of the University of Wisconsin Department of Geoscience Board of Visitors.
Maitri is a member of the SEG Foundation board and represents the Geophysical Society of Houston on the SEG Council. Maitri is also founding member, former Finance Chair, and former Chair of the SEG Women's Network Committee.