Sumit Verma

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Sumit Verma
BSc Physics and Math
MSc Applied Geophysics
PhD Geophysics
BSc university University of Allahabad
MSc university Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad
PhD university University of Oklahoma

Sumit Verma is currently an Associate Professor of Geophysics at University of Texas of the Permian Basin ( He received an M.S. (2007) in applied geophysics from the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, and a Ph.D. (2015) in geophysics from the University of Oklahoma under the supervision of Prof. Kurt Marfurt. Dr. Verma also worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Wyoming with Dr. Dario Grana. His research interests include seismic interpretation, quantitative interpretation, seismic data conditioning, and shale gas reservoir characterization.[1] Dr. Verma worked with Reliance Industries Ltd. E&P for four years as a development geoscientist. Dr. Verma is an associate editor for journal Interpretation.

SEG Outstanding Educator Award 2023

Sumit Verma is an associate professor at the University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB). He received a PhD in 2015 from the University of Oklahoma. Verma taught a wide range of courses at UTPB and has participated in local and regional SEG activities. He has graduated 14 graduate students and has more than 30 peer-reviewed publications. He established and is the faculty advisor for UTPB’s SEG student chapter. In addition, he is the supervisor for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists’ Imperial Barrel Award program at UTPB. Verma initiated the UTPB Geoscience Symposium, is vice president of the Permian Basin Geophysical Society, and served on the SEG Committee on University and Student Programs for six years.

Biography Citation for the Outstanding Educator Award

by Shuvajit Bhattacharya

It is with great pleasure that I write this citation for Sumit Verma as he receives the prestigious Outstanding Educator Award. He is an outstanding researcher and educator in geophysics.

Sumit has nine years of experience in teaching at universities. He has designed and taught more than 10 courses in geophysics and geology at UTPB, including graduate and undergraduate courses. He has mentored several graduate students, and many of his students are now working in the industry. He coordinated and mentored UTPB teams for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists’ Imperial Barrel Award program. The teams won regional-level awards a few times for their creative thinking and approaches to subsurface exploration.

Sumit managed to launch the Center for Attribute Assisted Seismic Processing and Interpretation at UTPB. The center is industry funded and provides real-world experience for students working on various topics in geophysics. He has also led the UTPB Geoscience Symposium for several years, which provides experience for undergraduate and graduate students that improves their research and communication skills.

Sumit’s formal teaching is excellent, and he consistently receives high student evaluations without compromising the rigor and quality of his courses. Students particularly like Sumit’s passion, enthusiasm, and hands-on style in teaching. Working on industry standard software as well as programming using real-world geophysical data prepares the students for employment in the industry. Based on the course descriptions and teaching evaluations, Sumit has excelled in instruction while maintaining a productive and impactful research group.

One of Sumit’s students wrote, “Greatest professor I have taken so far. He is very organized, well prepared all the time, encouraging to students, made the course very enjoyable by how he interacts with students. I really enjoy Dr. Verma’s class, and I will definitely take his class again or recommend others to take it in the future.” Another student wrote, “Professor Verma’s lectures are intellectually stimulating and require a lot of study. He is excellent at transmitting abstract subjects and making students truly understand material in structural geology that they retain long after the course ends.” A final student wrote, “He is very dedicated to this program. Rarely have I had a teacher who so patiently sat with the students and helped them in every way he could. He took extra time to make sure everyone followed the lecture and would not give up until everyone was on the same page. He has a unique ability to explain complex topics to a diverse audience, and I have no doubt that in time he will become one of the best teachers your university has.”

In summary, Sumit is an exceptional teacher, a fantastic advisor, and a prominent geophysicist. He is an ideal model of a “teacher scholar.” His classes, seminars, lectures, presentations, and publications will be the pillars of seismic attributes and quantitative reservoir characterization studies for many young geophysicists for years to come.

As many countries are currently facing a downfall in the interest and enrollment of students in geosciences, when the need for geoscientists is becoming more important in the face of mitigating climate change and providing reliable and affordable energy supply, it is very important that we realize and recognize the role of outstanding geophysics educators in colleges and universities, preparing the next generation of geophysicists. Therefore, we should thank and recognize many outstanding individuals like Sumit for their critical role.


  1. Sumit Verma, Research Gate.

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