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Richard Miller
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Membership Life Member
PhD university University of Leoben, Austria

SEG Life Membership 2014 [1]

Richard D. (Rick) Miller is best known for leading the development of near-surface seismic methods for the past quarter century. He has made many contributions to SEG. He served as the first SEG Near Surface Honorary Lecturer, Second Vice President, and First Vice President.

Biography Citation for SEG Life Membership 2014

Contributed by Don Steeples

Richard D. “Rick” Miller epitomizes an ideal awardee for SEG Life Membership. He has been a member of SEG since 1984 and has served as Second Vice President and First Vice President. Those who served with him during his two years on the SEG Board of Directors will tell you that he always seemed to be more prepared for board meetings than anyone else.

From 2005 through 2009, Rick served on The Leading Edge editorial board; he was chairman in 2009 and was guest editor of 17 special sections from 2004 through 2014. He was the inaugural SEG Near Surface Honorary Lecturer in 2012. In addition, he has served on numerous committees, task forces, and boards, including the Online Technical Content Board, Publication Policy Board, Annual Meeting Technical Committee, Inter-Society Task Force, Foundation Project Review Committee, and Nominations Committee. Rick has been a representative to the SEG Executive Council 10 times since 1989. He has served during SEG Annual Meetings as a continuing education instructor, session chair, and coconvener/moderator of workshops. He received the inaugural SEG-NSGS Hal Mooney Award in 1995.

Rick is a senior scientist at Kansas Geological Survey (KGS), a research and service division of the University of Kansas (KU). He also holds a courtesy appointment as associate professor of geology at KU. He received a B.A. in physics from Benedictine College, an M.S. in physics (emphasis geophysics) from KU, and a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Leoben, Austria. He has been at the KGS since 1983. The research group that Rick manages at KGS received SEG’s Distinguished Achievement Award in 2002.

Rick’s scientific interests focus on the application of shallow, high-resolution seismic methods to a wide assortment of problems, ranging from energy to engineering to the environment. He has published more than 85 refereed journal articles and a half-dozen book chapters and was coeditor of an SEG book.

I have worked with Rick for 35 years, and I have never met anyone who could simply ignore pain, discomfort, and fatigue and continue to function in an excellent professional manner the way he does. It has been an honor and privilege to work with him.


  1. SEG Honors and Awards Ceremony in Official Program and Exhibitors Directory, SEG Denver 26-31 October 2014 p.36-49.