University of Bucharest SEG Student Chapter

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SEG Bucharest Student Chapter

SEG Bucharest Student Chapteris a student organization (affiliated with the international Society of Exploration Geophysicists since 1997) of the Faculty of Geology and Geophysics, University of Bucharest. Its main purpose is to offer the ever-wondering students the resources and opportunities they need to deepen their knowledge in the field of Geophysics. To fulfill this purpose, SEG Bucharest Student Chapter is organizing different activities such as: Field-Camps, Workshops, Honorary/Distinguished Lecturers presentations and many more. Through our programs, we seek to provide our students with the necessary skills and information to better understand the path that they currently pursue.


Bucharest SEG Student Chapter Officers

2023 Office

President Vice President Secretary/Treasurer Faculty Advisor
Daria Elena Maciucă Iordache Ovidiu Ana Elena Suditu Victor Mocanu
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Former SEG Chapter Officers

Year 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 November 2020 - April 2021 April 2021 - December 2021
Faculty Advisor Victor Mocanu Victor Mocanu Victor Mocanu Victor Mocanu Victor Mocanu Victor Mocanu Victor Mocanu Victor Mocanu
President Andreea Chiriac Mihai Simionescu Alexandru Badescu Catalina Lacatusu Catalin Maric Ștefan Cătălin Crăciun Andreea Maria Pavel Andreea Maria Pavel
Vice-President Iulian Malai Andrei Gastescu Maria Constantina Anca Patras Denis Mocanu Andreea Maria Pavel Angela Elena Ene Ovidiu Andrei Iordache
Secretary Andrei Gastescu Alexandru Badescu Catalina Lacatusu Andreea Maria Tirizica Andreea Maria Pavel Angela Elena Ene Ovidiu Andrei Iordache Daria Elena Maciuca
Treasurer Iulian Toma Alexandra Stoica Denis Mocanu Roberta Cocos Daria Elena Maciucă Stefan Catalin Craciun
Media Catalina Lacatusu Stefan Catalin Craciun
PR Anca Oana Stancescu
Year 2022
Faculty Advisor Victor Mocanu
President Andreea Maria Pavel
Vice-President Daria Elena Maciuca
Secretary Rares Gongu
Treasurer Adrian Pavel Rosca
Media Ovidiu Andrei Iordache
PR Cosmin Gabriel Buga

SEG Student Chapter Ranking

In 2021 SEG Bucharest Student Chapter won Best Student Chapter.

In 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 SEG Bucharest Student Chapter was rewarded the rank of SEG SUMMIT Student Chapter, to recognize the contributions by the members to the section and the community. Also, in 2017 our chapter was ranked in Top 3 SEG chapters in the world.

Activities, field camps and events

2021 Summary

In 2021 the SEG Bucharest Student Chapter was rewarded with the SEG Best Student Chapter distinction following the hard-work and involvement of all the students, teachers and coordinators who have been part of the successful projects of the chapter.

The 2021 Field Camp entitled ”Identification of geothermal water-bearing formations after geo-data analysis and interpretation”[1] took place in northern Romania, Baia Mare County, in between 7-25 of August. As the area is known for having the highest heat flow in Romania, with a geothermal gradient of 4.5-5.5°C, with an important potential for geothermal energy exploitation, the main goal of the field camp was to identify geothermal formations by training undergraduate and graduate students how to perform geophysical surveys and geological mapping. 16 students took part in the field activities, split into two campaigns of 8 students each. In groups of 2 or 3, they learnt how to use active and passive seismics, magnetic and magnetotelluric measurements. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eng. Ionelia Panea from the University of Bucharest and PhD. Eng. Cezar Iacob from ICS Business International SRL, who is also a former president of SEG Bucharest Student Chapter, held presentations about seismic methods applied in the Baia Mare area on the first day of the field camp. The organization team carefully conducted the field camp in compliance with all the COVID-19 Pandemic regulations imposed by the Romanian authorities and participants received surgical masks, hand sanitizers and a health & safety guide. Protective equipment was worn during the measurements. Following the data acquisition stage, a two-day workshop was organized on the 4th and 11th of December 2021, through the Skype online platform. The workshop was attended by 23 students of Bachelor and Master level of studies from the Faculty of Geology and Geophysics, University of Bucharest. We were happy to receive positive feedback from the participating students. We also observed a great interest in the field of geothermal energy. Due to the pandemic situation, for many students this field camp represented their first contact with the geophysical field work and it helped them understand the way theoretical knowledge matches with practice.

On 4th of April 2021 SEG Bucharest Student Chapter organized an online technical meeting entitled ”Fundamentals of Seismic Interpretation” in collaboration with the Geological Society of Romania. The workshop had an interactive format and participants were able to send in their interpreted sections to receive feedback in real time.

In May 2021, former president Catalina Lacatusu was part of the Student Committee during the 4th SEG Virtual Student Conference, where she served as chair for the Seismic Application Section. On 20th May 2021, former president Stefan Catalin Craciun was invited to present our chapter’s 2020 activities, including the SEG 2020 Field Camp ``Archaeological geophysics for sustainable local community development: Ancient Roman town Romula”, at the 2nd Quarter Near Surface Geophysics Technical Section Meeting. The The Outreach project of our student chapter, “Promoting Geophysics in High Schoolswas also presented.

President Andreea Maria Pavel was selected to take part of the 2021 SEG Chevron Student Leadership Symposium. Due to the on-going COVID-19 Pandemic, the event took place online. Through this amazing opportunity, Andreea was able to establish even more connections with other SEG Student Chapters and their representative students all over the world as well as to further improve her leadership skills. She designed a presentation and a video which presented the SEG Bucharest Student Chapter’s activities as well as the planned future projects. They were both able to be viewed by all attendants of the SEG SLS Symposium and SEG Annual Meeting.

Additionally, President Andreea Maria Pavel and Secretary Rares Gongu were selected to participate in the SEG Geophysics Field Camp in Southern Italy 2021 ”Active Faults” which was held between 11th and 17th October 2021, following the connection SEG Bucharest Student Chapter has established with the SEG Naples Student Chapter. There, President Andreea Maria Pavel was also invited to hold a presentation about our chapter and activities.

In November 2021, Vice President Daria Elena Maciuca was accepted into the Geology School Project organized by SEG BHO, focused on several key concepts of the Oil&Gas Industry. During 2021, President Andreea Maria Pavel has been an active member of the SEG Women Network Student Section and has received a SEG WN Student Leader diploma for her skills, attitude and involvement. In November 2021 Vice President Daria Elena Maciuca also joined the SEG Women’s Network as a volunteer.

In December 2021 SEG Bucharest Student Chapter continued the donation campaign initiated by President Andreea Maria Pavel a year before. It was organized in collaboration with the AAPG Bucharest Student Chapter. Donations consisting of clothes in a very good condition, aliments, hygiene products, sweets, etc. were collected at the Faculty of Geology and Geophysics and were distributed to families in need from Buftea town, Romania.

Last but not least, student officers of the SEG Bucharest Student Chapter were rewarded for their accomplishments: president Andreea Maria Pavel has been awarded the Alexander Mihai and Catherine Ann Scholarship and former president Stefan Catalin Craciun received the Norman and Shirley Domenico Scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year.


2020 Summary

Bucharest Student Chapter SEG board 2020; from left to right: Andreea Maria Pavel - Vice President; Ștefan Cătălin Crăciun - President; Angela Elena Ene - Secretary/Treasurer;

The SEG Bucharest Student Chapter 2020 Field Camp entitled “Archaeological geophysics for sustainable local community development: Ancient Roman town Romula” was organized in Resca village, Olt county, on September 4th – September 13th, being our first geophysical field camp in the field of archaeology. The main purpose of this field camp was the delineation of both the ancient central fortification of the city of Romula and of the elements of which it was formed, walls, roads, houses. This was achieved by conducting the first integrated investigation attempt of an archaeological macrostructure in Romania, using various geophysical and archaeological methods, such as electrometry, gravimetry and magnetometry. Another important objective was to facilitate the sustainable development of the local community in the region, for this is a very poor and underdeveloped part of Romania. Our goal is to include this archaeological site in the UNESCO World Heritage List. On September 4th, an Icebreaker took place, where we had the chance to meet the participants, make friends and present the plans regarding the field camp. Ștefan Cătălin Crăciun, former president of SEG, introduced the participants to the investigated area, the geophysical methods that will be used in the field and the equipment that we will use. Various geophysical methods were used in the data collection process, such as magnetometric, gravimetric, geoelectrical surveys, but also Topographic surveys, Aerial Photogrammetry and Geographical Information System (GIS). In the end, we received positive feedback from the participants expressing their gratitude for participating in our field camp. Although there was a pandemic context, we made sure that we did not violate the restrictions imposed, keeping the distance between participants, wearing surgical masks and regularly using disinfectants, especially before and after using the field equipment. Following the analysis of the data recorded from the field camp, we organized a data processing workshop, on 12th December 2020, where we processed and interpreted the electrometric, magnetometric, gravimetric, paleomagnetic and topographic data. This event was attended by 29 students, both from the Faculty of Geology and Geophysics and from other faculties, from the country or abroad, students who took part in a unique experience of interpreting the data recorded in our field camp.

SEG Bucharest Student Chapter organized the third edition of the project "Promoting geophysics in high schools" on 26th September 2020, within the Faculty of Geology and Geophysics in a secluded and safe environment, considering the global pandemic context that was an impediment in the normal process of development of the project. Here we spoke about the field of geosciences and the benefits of joining a society such as SEG. Through this project we managed to introduce to some high school students and freshmen the basic knowledge of geology and geophysics, presenting them future career opportunities that they can follow if they choose to pursue this vast field, but also about the opportunities that can be offered through SEG.

Furthermore, starting with the year 2020, our former president Alexandru Badescu, became an ambassador of the SEG Evolve program. He was selected to be the local point of contact for Romania and Austria. His main activity is to promote the SEG EVOLVE training program to universities and companies as well.

Additionally, last year we decided to create a LinkedIn account to develop the way we promote the SEG Bucharest Student chapter, as well as all the activities organized by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. This account is administrated by all the officers from our board.

At the end of the year, between 7th and 16th December 2020, our chapter president Andreea Maria Pavel initiated a project based on the organization of charitable activities for unfavored communities of people. All the chapter's officers were involved in the organization of this activity. Donations were received from students and students' families and were represented by food, school supplies and personal hygiene products. After we ended the campaign, we decided to help the families from the SOS Children's Villages organization. This activity had an extremely positive impact, being appreciated by a considerable number of people. The positive feedback and those happy faces we saw gave us enough reasons to continue the project.

During 2020 a friendship was created between our chapter and SEG Naples Student Chapter, the officers of our chapter helping their officers with advice. Also, we started a collaboration with SEG BHOS Student Chapter, our president, Andreea Maria Pavel, being accepted in their two-month program called "Geophysics School" for students from Azerbaidjan, Ukraine and Romania.

Furthermore, Stefan Catalin Craciun, our former president, participated in the 2020 SLS/Chevron Student Leadership Symposium and attended the different presentations held at the annual meeting. This opportunity allowed Stefan to improve his leadership skills and to network and create connections with other student chapters. SLS is a great opportunity to begin new friendships and to talk about future partnerships that SEG Bucharest Student Chapter could establish with other SEG Student Chapters. For this event, Stefan created a video presentation of our chapter and a poster presenting our activities, which were made available for all the people at the annual meeting to view.

Two former SEG Bucharest Student Chapter presidents, Catalina Lacatusu and Catalin Alexandru Maric, have been selected to be a part of the SEG European Committee Board. There, they had the chance to be involved in the organization of events, such as the 3rd SEG Virtual Student Conference, in which Catalin Alexandru Maric participated as chair for the Case Studies Section. Also, at the beginning of 2020, we created an SEG Wiki page for our chapter, where we put all of our activities starting from 2017. We plan to keep adding new information to our wiki and make available all the information and data we gathered from our past SEG field. Last but not least, the former president of the SEG Bucharest Student Chapter, Stefan Catalin Craciun, has been awarded by the SEG Scholarship Committee for his outstanding academic results and involvement.

2019 Summary

Bucharest Student Chapter SEG board 2019; from left to right: Catalina Lacatusu - media; Catalin Maric - President; Roberta Cocos - Treasurer; Denis Mocanu - Vice President; Anca Oana Stancescu - PR; Andreea Maria Pavel - Secretary

The SEG Student Field Camp entitled „Hydrogeophysical investigation of the environmental hazards from the Romanian Black Sea coastline” took place in Vama Veche village located in the South-East of Romania at nearly 1 km north of the Bulgarian border, in Constanța County. The Field Camp started on the 24th of August and the geological survey and data acquisition ended on the 2nd of September. Twenty participants from Poland and Romania were involved in the 2019 SEG Field Camp (3 Polish and 17 Romanian with a 1 to 1 female to male ratio). The main achievements of the Field Camp consisted in identifying the line between the brackish water intrusion and the Sarmatian freshwater aquifer, showing how important is to integrate several geophysical methods combined with geological data in order to obtain the best interpretation and also in showing to the local communities/authorities the non-destructive character, efficiency and minimal costs of geophysical measurements, especially the electric and magnetic measurements. Also, during this field camp, we visited various social and cultural places in Bucharest, had an icebreaker where we had the chance to get acquainted with each other and network. The project ended with a workshop that took place in Bucharest. On the 23rd of November SEG Bucharest Student Chapter organized a one-day geophysical workshop called “Geophysical Workshop- Vama Veche data processing”.

The SEG Outreach Program took place in Politehnica Park and Vacaresti Park on the 25th of May and the 1st of June. After a brief introduction of the geophysical methods the high school students would apply we went on the field where we sat up a little survey so all the people could do their own measurements and find the biggest anomaly. Furthermore, Anca Oana Stancescu, our student officer, participated in the 2019 SEG Annual Meeting in San Antonia, Texas. Also, we had a team composed of 4 students from our faculty and a student from Bombay Institute of Technology, India who participated in the SEG EVOLVE program. Catalina Lacatusu, our chapter officer participated in an SEG field camp organized by the Kyiv Student Chapter. Last but not least, two members of the SEG Bucharest Student Chapter have been awarded by the SEG Scholarship Committee last year for their outstanding academic results and involvement.

2018 Summary

Bucharest Student Chapter SEG bo ard 2018; from left to right: Andreea Madalina Tirizica - Secretary; Denis Mocanu - Treasurer; Catalina Lacatusu - President; Anca Patras - Vice President

The 2018 SEG Student Field Camp entitled Integrating geophysics, geology and geotechnics for a highway tunnel feasibility study” took place in Poiana village located in the South of Romania, in the central part of Valcea County. The Field Camp started on 1st of September and the geological survey and data acquisition ended on 12th of September. 24 participants from Poland, Romania, Ukraine and Russia were involved in the 2018 SEG Field Camp. The main achievements of the Field Camp consist in realizing a successful training of geophysical, geological and geotechnical methods in order to identify the structural and lithologic profile along the projected tunnel line and also in showing to the local communities/authorities the non-destructive character, efficiency and minimal costs of the used geophysical measurements. The SEG Outreach Program took place in Politehnica Park, Bucharest and had three main stages: high school conferences (February-May 2018), field trip and workshop stages (2nd of June 2018). Throughout a registration form, 15 students from 4 different high schools confirmed their participation.  The main achievement of the program is that it created an amazing and unique activity for the young students which are now able to determine if they want to pursue a career in geophysics.

The SEG EVOLVE Lecturer Allen J. Bertagne was a welcomed guest for our chapter and his presentation took place on the 2nd of May 2018. Seventeen students from our university participated at this event and found answers to some of the most important dilemmas for a geoscience student. His speech motivated the students to strive forward and to work hard for their careers in this field of study.

Furthermore, Catalina Lacatusu, president of our chapter, Alexandru Badescu, 2017 president of the chapter, and Cristina Ruse, a SEG member took part in the 2018 SEG Annual Meeting. Catalina attended the SLS/Chevron Student Leadership Symposium which offered her the opportunity to improve her leadership skills and to connect with people from all around the world. Alexandru Badescu took part in the SEG EVOLVE together with a polish fellow SEG member, presenting their results during the SEG 2018 Annual Meeting.Their effort were recognized during the program while also being awarded with the title of "Best Investment Opportunity" for their discovery in the Gulf Of Mexico data set. Moreover, Catalina Lacatusu, Madalina Tirizica and Ana Maria Morosan were among the 15 participants in the SEG 2018 Field Camp in Sozopol, Bulgaria during 22 June - 1 August 2018. Last but not least, 4 members of the SEG Bucharest Student Chapter have been awarded by the SEG Scholarship Committee last year for their outstanding academic results and involvement.

2017 Summary

Bucharest Student Chapter SEG board 2017; from left to right: Maria Constantina - Vice President; Alexandru Badescu - President; Alexandra Stoica - Treasurer; Catalina Lacatusu - Secretary;

The SEG Student Field Camp entitled „ Extracting subsurface physical properties from natural Earth responses” took place in Sacel village located in the North of Romania at nearly 40 km south of Ukraine border, in the S-E part of Maramureş County. The Field Camp started on 4th of September and the geological survey and data acquisition ended on 11th of September. Twenty participants from Poland, Romania and Ukraine were involved in the 2017 SEG Field Camp. The main achievements of the Field Camp consisted in realizing a successful training of geophysical and geochemical methods in order to obtain physical properties, lithological and structural subsurface information and also in showing to the local communities/authorities the non-destructive character of using geophysical measurements, especially shallow seismic reflection measurements. The project ended with two workshops that took place in Bucharest. Furthermore, Alexandru Badescu, and Cristina Ruse, a SEG member for many years, took part in the 2017 SEG Annual Meeting. Alexandru attended the SLS/Chevron Student Leadership Symposium while Cristina took part in the SEP/ExxonMobil Student Education Program where they got into contact with professionals from O&G and enhance their skills.

2017 Annual SEG meeting where our Chapter was ranked in top 3 best Student Chapters

Another SEG member, Sonia Sortan, attended in the middle of October, 2017 the AAPG and SEG International Conference & Exhibition 2017 in London, UK, one of the most important Geosciences events of the year. The poster presented within the special session Next Generation – Students and Young Professionals was entitled „Magnetic Fabric and Paleomagnetic Study of the Calimani Mountains Pyroclastic Deposits” (East Carpathians, Romania). Morosan Ana Maria is another member of our chapter who participated in a SEG activity. She was one of the 21 participants in the SEG 2017 Field Camp in Ukraine during 22-29 August 2017. Last but not least, six members of the SEG Bucharest Student Chapter have been awarded by the SEG Scholarship Committee for their outstanding academic results and involvement.