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David Baldwin, Petroleum Geo-Services
David Baldwin is the Support Manager for Petroleum Geo-Services and with his team of engineers delivers HPC services to their seismic processing division in North and South America.
David moved to Texas two years ago after being instrumental in the building of Europe’s most efficient data center for PGS. He has just completed the second of PGS’ highly efficient mega-centers in Houston and continues to build on these experiences with new projects in Brazil and Mexico.
David started his career as a Royal Air Force electronics engineer before joining the seismic industry as a geophysicist onboard a WesternGeco vessel. He joined PGS in 1997 and completed a stint offshore before returning to his roots in the engineering world. He holds a degree in Oceanography from Southampton, UK.


Henri Calandra, Total
Henri Calandra obtained his M.Sc. in mathematics in 1984 and a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1987 from the Universite des Pays de l’Adour in Pau, France. He joined Cray Research France in 1987 and worked on seismic applications. In 1989 he joined the applied mathematics department of the French Atomic Agency. In 1990 he started working for Total SA. After 12 years of work in high performance computing and as project leader for Pre-stack Depth Migration Research, he became head of Total USA’s Geophysics Research Group for 3 years in 2002 and  coordinated Depth Imaging Research for the worldwide group until mid 2007 He is now technical  advisor in depth imaging and high performance computing.


Tony Elam, Rice University
Mr. Anthony Elam (Tony) is Research Director for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Rice University and acting Executive Director for the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership.    Mr. Elam has 19 years of industrial information technology experience with IBM focused in complex systems and management of large science oriented projects.  He also has 13 years of academic research management experience with Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine focused in research development, industrial relations and strategic partnerships. He is the founder and chair of the Houston Serious Games Research Consortium (over 200 members) and a strong advocate for the use of gaming technologies for education, training and business applications.


John Etgen, BP
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Tom Gardosik, Baker Hughes Inc.
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Keith Gray,  BP
Keith Gray is Manager of High Performance Computing for BP. The HPC Team supports the computing requirements for BP's Advanced Seismic Imaging Research efforts. This team supports one of the largest Linux Clusters dedicated to research in Oil and Gas. Mr. Gray graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in geophysics, and has worked for BP and Amoco since 1985. He was listed in HPCWire's People to Watch 2006.


Feyzi Inanc, Baker Hughes Inc.
Feyzi Inanc is a nuclear scientist at the Baker Hughes Houston Technology Center. 
He earned a BS in metallurgical engineering followed by MS and Ph.D degrees in the nuclear engineering discipline from Iowa State University in 1986 and 1989. 
Following a post-doctoral position at the Iowa State University, he worked as an assistant and associate professor at Marmara University from 1990 to 1995.  He later worked at Iowa State University as a research scientist at the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation from 1995 to 2007.  He joined Baker Hughes in 2007 as a scientist.  In his career, he has published more than 50 technical articles, various software licensed and patents granted and pending.  He received a distinguished service award from Marmara University and inventors award from Iowa State University.


David Judson, Western Geco
David Judson has been developing software for the Geophysical industry for over 30 years since joining DIgicon Geophysical in 1974 He was one of the founders of CogniSeis Development which became part of Paradigm In 2000 he joined WesternGeco where he is currently responsible for evaluating hardware and software technology for use in high performance computing.


Evgeny Kurin, GEOLAB
Evgeny Kurin received his M.Sc. degree in applied mathematics and physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1994. Then he joined the Central Geophysical Expedition of the Russian Oil and Gas Ministry as a researcher in the seismic processing department. From 1996 to 1998 he worked for the CGG R&D group in Moscow, where he was responsible for the velocity analysis related projects. In 1999 he joined GeoTechSystem (now GeoPrime), where he led the development of the in-house seismic processing package. In 2007 he started working for GEOLAB, a Moscow-based independent software vendor. Evgeny's present research interests include optimizing time-consuming processing/imaging algorithms for various hardware platforms.


George Kutiev, Schlumberger
G.K. joined Schlumberger in 1998 and has since worked on a variety of pilot and commercial projects in the area of 3D scientific visualization and reservoir mapping, APIs, multi-core and high-performance computing and its application for downhole tools and sensors. More recently, spent 3 years on the software & computing aspects of the next-generation deep resistivity LWD tool that is in operation in several continents today.


Bill Menger, Fusion Petroleum Technologies, Inc.
Bill Menger is Vice President of Seismic Processing Technology and IT for FPTI.  Bill worked as a nuclear engineer for the US Navy prior to joining Conoco in 1982 to work on magnetotellurics and electrical methods.  Bill has also worked on multicomponent seismic, data management, and seismic processing systems for Conoco and ConocoPhillips.  He left Conoco for three years to join AGS, working on Kirchhoff and demultiple techniques.  He returned to Conoco to help implement Kirchhoff migration on their first 4-node cluster in 1999.  Bill managed software and High Performance Computing for ConocoPhillips until 2009.  In addition to his current job, Bill maintains the CPSeis open-source seismic processing system and is President of the Society of HPC Professionals.


Scott Morton, Hess Corporation
Scott Morton has 25 years of experience in computational and theoretical physics distributed between academia, the computer industry and the petroleum industry. Although originally trained as an astrophysicist, he switched to geophysics when he joined Shell in 1991 to do research and development in seismic imaging. Scott spent the next 7 years distributed between Shell, Thinking Machines, Cray Research and SGI, gaining expertise in both geophysics and computational science as well as earning an R&D 100 award.

In 1998 Scott settled down at Hess Corporation and helped build one of the first Linux PC clusters used for seismic imaging. He has recently spearheaded the petroleum industry's effort at doing seismic imaging on GPU (graphics processing unit) clusters. Scott currently manages the Geophysical Technology Development group in Hess Corporation's Global E&P Technology department and is responsible for monitoring, adopting, developing and testing new geophysical and computational technologies.


Alexander Naumov, T-Platforms
Alexander Naumov holds a M.Sc. degree (Moscow State University, 1998) in mathematics and applied mathematics from the faculty of mechanics and mathematics. From 1998 to 2007 he worked for the Moscow State University. In 2004 he joined T-PLATFORMS, a leading Russian HPC vendor, where he is Deputy CTO now.


Jan E. Odegard, Rice University
Jan E. Odegard joined the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology (formerly Computer and Information Technology Institute) at Rice University as Executive Director in 2002. In this role he led the development and deployment of large scale competing resources in support of research. Today, the computational resources deployed at Rice supports the research of over 100 faculty members and close to 500 users. The majority of users are engaged in research in science and engineering. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice (1996) in the area of digital signal processing and served as executive director for the Computational Mathematics Laboratory (1996-1997), and Center for Multimedia Communication at Rice (1998-1999). In 1999, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Stavanger in Norway as Associate Professor and served as department chair (2000-2001).


Mark Seager, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Dr. Seager received his B.S. Degree in Mathematics and Astrophysics at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque in 1979 and received his PhD in Numerical Analysis from the University of Texas at Austin in 1984. Dr. Seager started working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1983 and has been working in the field of parallel processing ever since. He manages the Platforms Program for the Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program at LLNL and has managed multiple vendor partnerships to successfully procure, deploy and integrate architectures such as ASCI Blue Pacific (3.9 TF/s in 1998), ASCI White (12.3 TF/s in 2000) and Purple (100TF/s in 2005) and BlueGene/L (360 TF/s in 2005). In addition, Dr. Seager developed the LLNL Linux strategy and helped deploy multiple generations of leading edge clusters (MCR at 11.3 TF/s in 2002 and Thunder at 23 TF/s in 2004) In 2006 when faced with the challenge of deploying multiple Linux clusters of various sizes per year while at the same time reducing total cost of ownership by 50%, Dr. Seager developed the Scalable Unit concept. With the Peloton and TLCC07 procurement activities, this strategy delivered over 20 clusters in excess of 600 TF/s aggregate from 35 scalable units to three USA National Laboratories. Dr. Seager recently led the ASC Sequoia procurement for a 20 PF/s system to be delivered in 2011. Dr. Seager is now focused on the challenges of petascale and exascale systems, simulation environments and applications development strategies.

Dr. Seager has won numerous awards including 2000 Defense and Nuclear Technologies Award for technical excellence. 2002 HPCWire Readers Award for "Most Innovative Government and Industry Partnership." One of 18 HPCWire People and Organizations to watch in 2003 award. 2004 Edward Teller Award for "Major Contributions to the state-of-the-art in High Performance Computing." Federal Computer Week 2009 Federal 100 award for the Hyperion Partnership between Government and Industry.


Nikita Tropin, Baker Hughes Inc.
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Mark Wakefiled, Schlumberger
Mark Wakefield currently manages the development team for the Schlumberger ECLIPSE suite of simulators. Mark has worked for Schlumberger for the past 6 years developing the modeling capabilities of the ECLIPSE products and the new simulator INTERSECT. Mark’s background is in applied Mathematics and he obtained his PhD from the University of Reading, UK.


Chap Wong, Chevron
Chap Wong is a Chevron Fellow, he is recognized as Chevron's thought leader in high-performance computing. He is currently a member of the Strategy, Architecture and Emerging Technology Team in Chevron Energy Technology Company's Technical Computing Department. Chap is engaged in market evaluation, proof of concept and deployment of the emerging technologies required to maximize the performance of Chevron's HPC environment.
He has over thirty years experience with Chevron in upstream technical computing. Chap has involved in architecting the large Chevron upstream cluster since 2001. Chap graduated from National Taiwan U. with a degree in E.E. and a master degree in Computing Science from TAMU.


Kathy Yelick, University of California at Berkeley
Kathy Yelik is the co-author of two books and more than 100 refereed technical papers on parallel languages, compilers, algorithms, libraries, architecture, and storage. She co-invented the UPC and Titanium languages and demonstrated their applicability across architectures through the use of novel runtime and compilation methods. She also co-developed techniques for self-tuning numerical libraries, including the first self-tuned library for sparse matrix kernels which automatically adapt the code to properties of the matrix structure and machine. Her work includes performance analysis and modeling as well as optimization techniques for memory hierarchies, multicore processors, communication libraries, and processor accelerators. She has worked with interdisciplinary teams on application scaling, and her own applications work includes parallelization of a model for blood flow in the heart. She earned her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT and has been a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley since 1991 with a joint research appointment at Berkeley Lab since 1996. She has received multiple research and teaching awards and is a member of the California Council on Science and Technology and a member of the National Academies committee on Sustaining Growth in Computing Performance.