Energizing Oil And Gas Research

Dr. R. Phillip Bording

Dr. R. Phillip Bording has been appointed Husky Energy Chair in Oil and Gas Research. Prior to accepting his appointment as Husky Chair, Dr. Bording was manager of computational science at the Computer Sciences Corporation in Huntsville, Alabama. Dr. Bording received his M.S. in computer science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and his PhD from the University of Tulsa.

“The appointment of Dr. Bording to the Husky Energy Chair in Oil and Gas Research is another milestone in Memorial University 's quest to make the province of Newfoundland and Labrador a leader in the global oil and gas industry,” said Dr. Axel Meisen, president of Memorial University. “The industry provides outstanding opportunities nationally and internationally for education, research and development. I am delighted that Dr. Bording has joined Memorial University and I am very grateful for Husky Energy made this possible through the endowment of the Husky Energy Chair in Oil and Gas Research.”

“Dr. Bording's expertise in the use of seismic methods for petroleum reservoir characterization complements our expertise in geological characterization of reservoirs and in reservoir engineering,” said Dr. James Wright, director of Major Research Partnerships at Memorial. “The integration of these three key sub-disciplines with visualization capabilities of Memorial's new visualization centre will lead to a greatly improved exploitation of our offshore petroleum fields.”

“I am most pleased to be the Husky Energy Chair as it offers a unique opportunity for the development of new technology for the exploitation of hydrocarbon resources,” said Dr. Bording. “I enjoyed the hospitality of Newfoundland, the Earth Sciences Department, and Memorial University during my postdoctoral year in 1994-95, and look forward to the chair research opportunities. The fine scale of hydrocarbon reservoirs is challenging the seismic technology of today and presents the need for new paradigms in data collection, processing and interpretation. Husky Energy has recognized this need and these challenges by the funding this chair providing the basis for new and innovating research opportunities, given the high quality of the students at Memorial I am sure that exciting results are in our future.” Dr. Bording also previously held the position of research geophysicist for Petroleum GeoServices in Houston and as code migration manager for Nichols Research/IBM. He was a Naval Research Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, and a Memorial University Seismic Imaging Consortium (MUSIC) Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Dr. Bording's current research interests include seismic processing algorithms for reservoir characterization, seismic modeling and migration, inverse methods for parameter estimation and joint inversion of data, application specific computing for seismic algorithms and visualization of seismic processes.

He has also authored and co-authored a number of publications including: Seismic Modeling and Imaging with the Complete Wave Equation, Seismic Modeling and Earth Imaging, Computational Science Education Project (the pioneering Web e-book) and Applications of Seismic Travel-time Tomography: Geophysical Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Dr. John C.S. Lau, president and chief executive officer of Husky Energy, announced a $2-million endowment for the establishment of the Husky Energy Chair in Oil and Gas Research at a ceremony held June 3, 2003, on the St. John's campus. It is the first endowed research chair at Memorial University