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SEG Special Commendation 2021

Yang Liu is a professor of geophysics at the China University of Petroleum, Beijing (CUPB), where has provided energetic service since 1998. He is well suited to receive the SEG Special Commendation award for his dedication to student activities, geophysical competitions, and service to SEG. Liu has numerous expressions of support and endorsements from a wide range of colleagues who have praised him for his efforts in developing Chinese students and programs. Liu is especially lauded for launching the successful China National Exploration Geophysics Competition for College Students, which was partially supported by SEG. He has been an associate editor for Geophysics and has served on the SEG Committee on University and Student Programs. Liu has been an enthusiastic SEG supporter as indicated by strong SEG China office endorsement. He has been published widely with an h-index of 28. He was CUPB’s SEG Student Chapter faculty advisor (2006–2017) and deputy dean (2011–2016) of the College of Geophysics and Information Engineering. He has won numerous teaching achievement awards in China.

Biography Citation for the Special Commendation Award

by Alfred Liang-Chi Liaw

As faculty advisor of the China University of Petroleum, Beijing (CUPB) SEG Student Chapter from 2006 to 2017, Yang Liu expanded the scale of the chapter to be more active and influential. The number of student chapter members increased from 92 in 2010 to 243 in 2015. The number of CUPB students attending SEG Annual Meeting increased from 8 in 2010 to 32 in 2015. From 2010 to 2015, students from the CUPB chapter applied and obtained the opportunity to attend SEG Student Leadership Symposium successfully every year. During these 6 years, Yang hosted 15 SEG sponsored lecture series, including six Distinguished Lecturers, eight Honorary Lecturers, and one SEG Board Special Lecturer at CUPB. More than 1000 students have attended and benefited from these lectures. Under his guidance, many student members served as volunteers for SEG activities, such as CPS/SEG international geophysical conference, China SEG Challenge Bowl Competition, and the National Exploration Geophysics Competition for College Students (NEGCCS), etc. He coached students to participate in international competitions, such as the SEG Challenge Bowl and European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) FIELD Challenge. In 2013, the CUPB team won the championship of China SEG Challenge Bowl Competition. In 2014 and 2016, the CUPB Student Chapter was evaluated as the SEG Summit Student Chapter, and in 2015, the CUPB team placed third overall in EAGE FIELD Challenge.

As one of the primary sponsors and the original organizer, Yang launched the National NEGCCS from 2013 to 2019, a nation-wide annual competition sponsored by SEG China, the Society of Petroleum Geophysicists, BGP, and CUPB, and hosted by CUPB, BGP, and SEG China. BGP is responsible for providing the geophysical software GeoEast for students’ free usage during the competition. NEGCCS mainly includes geophysical software training, preliminaries, and finals. In preliminaries/finals, students are required to process field seismic data in 2 months/4 days. The score of each team is based on (1) a processed seismic profile, (2) written examination, and (3) oral presentation. The number of participants and effective reports significantly increased year by year. For example, for the sixth competition in 2018, a total of 370 teams from 18 universities and research institutes participated, and 254 teams submitted valid reports. The number of valid reports increased by 42% compared with 2017. NEGCCS has been featured by many media outlets, including The Leading Edge. It has become the most important annual geophysical competition in China.

Yang served as an associate editor of Geophysics from 2015, a representative of SEG District 11 (2020–2022) to the SEG Council, and as a member of several SEG committees, including the Committee on University and Student Programs and the Committee on Nominations. He also served as a session cochair of SEG Annual Meetings from 2011 to 2017, a cochair of the technical committee of the 2017 SEG Carbonate Reservoir E&P Workshop, and many times as a member of technical committees of SEG workshops.

As a deputy dean of the College of Geophysics and Information Engineering from 2011 to 2016, he oversaw graduate education. He was committed to promoting the internationalization of graduate education through the platforms of SEG and EAGE, carrying out the international graduate program of geophysics, etc. From 2011 to 2015, the college received the Graduate Education Internationalization Award from CUPB every year. He won first prize of Outstanding Teaching Achievement from CUPB three times in a row, in 2012, 2015 and 2017, respectively.

I am truly honored to prepare this citation to commemorate Yang’s well deserved SEG Special Commendation Award based on his exceptionally meritorious service to the Chinese geophysical community, to SEG, and to SEG China.