Brad Birkelo, a 24-year member of SEG, has served the Society in a number of capacities over the years. He was secretary-treasurer in 2006–07, chaired the Finance and Audit Committee in 2007–08, and is vice-chairman of the Strategic Finance Policy Committee for 2007–09. He served as chairman of the DISC Subcommittee (2003–05) and the SEG/EAGE Joint DISC Committee (2004–05), and was a member of the Committee on Nominations (1999–2001). He is currently a member of the Continuing Education, Membership, Online Technology, and Online Content committees. Birkelo previously served as president of the Permian Basin Geophysical Society (1998–99). He is an active member of SEG, AAPG, EAGE, and the Geophysical Society of Houston.
Birkelo received his MS in geophysics from the University of Kansas (1987) and degrees from the University of Minnesota (BS geology in 1982 and BS geophysics in 1983). He recently joined Spectraseis as principal geophysicist where he will work on integrating low-frequency passive seismic data with conventional oil and gas data. He is an owner of Digital Prospectors, an oil and gas consulting firm, and managed their Houston, USA, office for the past 10 years. Prior to Digital Prospectors, Birkelo worked for Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA, and Odessa, Texas, USA, where he processed and interpreted seismic data on numerous exploration and development projects. He has also worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division; Kansas Geological Survey; Minnesota Geological Survey; and Delta Environmental Consultants. He is a licensed professional geoscientist in Texas.