2018 Symposium Honouree

Mauricio Sacchi

Mauricio Sacchi

Our 2018 CSEG Symposium honouree, Mauricio Sacchi, is a well-known name in Canada and internationally. While firmly rooted in the academic sphere, he has been very effective at bringing his research achievements to bear on several of our key applied geophysics challenges. Under his stewardship for the past 20 years, the U of A SAIG Consortium has made valuable contributions to our industry through its active and relevant research program, both in terms of advanced processing algorithms and top-notch students who have entered our workforce. Mauricio has also been a valuable member of the CSEG over the years. In addition to being bestowed our highest honour, the CSEG Medal, some additional highlights include: serving on the Continuing Education Committee to help launch the CSEG Distinguished Lecture series, receiving the 2006 Recorder Best Paper Award, and being recognized with the CSEG Meritorious Service Award in 2007. It is because of his substantial technical, educational, and societal contributions that he was chosen to be the Honouree for the 2018 Symposium.

The CSEG Symposium is a unique educational event and this year will focus attention on the “Challenges and Opportunities” that our profession faces on both technical and business environment grounds. This theme also serves to highlight Mauricio’s successes in pushing the boundaries of geophysics in meeting many of our technical challenges head-on.

For more information on Mauricio, please read his full bio below or better yet, read his interview in the CSEG RECORDER.

Full Biography

Mauricio D. Sacchi was born and raised in Coronel Brandsen, province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He received a diploma in geophysics from the National University of La Plata, Argentina, in 1988 and a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of British Columbia in 1996. He joined the Department of Physics at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, in 1997 and was promoted to full professor in 2006. He has been chair of the Department of Physics at the University of Alberta since 2010.

Sacchi’s research interests are in the area of signal analysis and imaging methods. He has developed and taught short courses for industry and for CSEG, EAGE, and SEG in seismic signal theory, transform methods for signal enhancement, seismic inversion, and multidimensional data reconstruction. With Tad Ulrych, he authored the book Information-based Processing and Inversion with Applications, published by Elsevier. Sacchi is the recipient of the 2012 CSEG Medal for long-standing significant contribution to the development of exploration geophysics in Canada. He was also the 2014 SEG Central and South America Honorary Lecturer and 2016 CSEG Distinguished speaker.

Sacchi has served on the editorial board of Geophysics since 2006, first as an associate editor and assistant editor, and as editor-in-chief for 2015-2017. He coedited a special issue on seismic data regularization, published in Geophysics in 2010), and he was guest editor of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine thematic issue on geophysical signal processing, published in February 2012.

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