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Geoscientists Without Borders®

Tuesday, 28 September 2021, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.  |  Denver, Colorado

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Attendees will have an opportunity to view short 5-10 minutes presentations from GWB project leads on their projects in India (landslide), Mexico (volcano), Brazil (seismic/disaster risk reduction), Peru (water) and Egypt (water), among others. There will be live chat based Q&A, where participants will get to interact with the project leads and their teams.


Cengiz Esmersoy
Chair, GWB Steering Committee (2021-Present)

Cengiz Esmersoy has received M.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering with Geophysics minor from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He joined Schlumberger in 1984 and worked in various technical and management positions involving basic research, engineering, and operations. His technology development work included seismic, well logging, deep geophysical measurements, drilling, reservoir, data analysis, and he has received the Chairman’s Award – company’s highest. He is an active member of SEG, SPE, EAGE, and SPWLA and has served as a GEOPHYSICS Associate Editor, Chair of the SEG Research Committee, and General Vice-Chair of the SEG 2020 Annual Meeting. Cengiz has over sixty refereed publications and received a number of industry awards including Hart's E&P Meritorious Award for Engineering Innovation (twice), OTC Spotlight on Technology Award (twice), and the SEG Best Paper at The Leading Edge award.

Devin Cowan
University of British Columbia Geophysical Inversion Facility

Devin Cowan is a research associate at the University of British Columbia Geophysical Inversion Facility (UBC-GIF) in Vancouver, Canada. As a Master's student, he studied the impact of viscous remnant magnetization on time-domain electromagnetic methods. Since completing his Master's in 2016, Devin has contributed to the development of SimPEG; an open source python package for simulation and gradient based parameter estimation in geophysical applications.

Diego Almendrades

Diego is one of the founders and directors of EcoSwell, for-impact organization working with marginalized communities in northern coast Peru. A versatile engineer turned social entrepreneur with 10 years of professional experience in project management and promoter of holistic management and ecosystem restoration. He has built numerous multistakeholder projects from the ground up in rural settings, including ecotourism, biodiversity conservation and wastewater bioremediation. In 2020 he was selected as one of 13 global "Frontiers Champions" with the Royal Academy of Engineering-UK and is currently PM of the new project “Community monitoring of groundwater in Peru” funded by the SEG-GWB.

Florian Kincaid

A successful applicant of various scholarships including a grant from the Twente University Fund and the Olin Merit Grant to perform work abroad, Florian is now working as Water Projects Engineer. Florian has over five years of professional experience in Europe, Latin America, the United States of America, Singapore, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Florian has performed various projects on water and wastewater engineering, hydrogeology and sanitation. Florian also volunteers at Engineers without Borders working on various projects in South America. Florian holds a BSc in Technology and Liberal Arts & Sciences and an MSc in Environmental Engineering.

Katrin Sieron

Katrin Sieron is a Geologist (Msc) and Volcanologist (PhD), academically trained in Germany, Canada and Mexico. She holds a permanent researcher position at the Center of Earth Sciences at the Veracruz University (Mexico). Sieron has published in several indexed and dissemination journals, apart from numerous technical reports and outreach-related works. She has been a member to Mexican National System of Researchers (SNI) since 2014 and participated in multiple national and international research projects, of which she led 3. She is a member of the Seismological and Volcanological Observatory of Veracruz State (Mexico) and has presented her work in more than 20 international conferences.

Landon Woods

Landon Woods is a professional geoscientist with over 10 years of experience in finding geophysical solutions to geotechnical, hydrogeological, and environmental problems. He has a B.Sc. in Geology and M.Sc. in Hydrogeology from the University of Calgary. His consulting experience includes geophysics for groundwater resources, saltwater intrusion, contaminated site characterization, geohazards, permafrost, muskeg, and archaeological investigations. He was part of a team of geophysicists, who volunteered for two groundwater programs in East Africa (Northern Uganda and the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya) funded by GWB. Landon has experience working in Canada, the US, Kenya, Uganda, New Zealand, and Israel.

Patricia Persaud (Ph.D)
Louisiana State University

Persaud is an assistant professor of Geophysics at Louisiana State University. She graduated from the University of Houston with a BS in Geophysics and holds a PhD in Geophysics from California Institute of Technology. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. She is a 2020-21 fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and an NSF CAREER award recipient. She works on seismic imaging with large-N arrays, and monitoring deformation at volcanos and underground salt caverns. Her group also uses deep ocean drilling and oil industry borehole data to constrain stress.

Pedro Lourenco Dos Reis
Federal University of Ouro Preto

Pedro Lourenco Dos Reis is an undergraduate student in Geological Engineering at the Federal University of Ouro Preto, Brazil. His main interests are geophysics, remote sensing, and reserve modeling with a special interested in merging classical geology with new technologies. He has participated in projects, which apply geological knowledge for bringing direct improvements for the people and environment. He is currently involved in the GWB’s Brazil project, in a project which aims to create a methodology for a low-cost geotechnical risk analysis using geophysical methods, as a core team member.

Ron Harris

Dr. Ron Harris is a Professor of Geoscience at BYU, who specializes in mountain building processes and associated geological hazards. He received his BSc. in Geoscience from the University of Oregon, MSc. in Geophysics from the Geophysical Institute of Alaska, and a Ph.D in Geosciences from University College London. He has published 75 papers, books along with being invited to give >100 talks throughout the world. Ron has worked for oil, mining, and environmental companies, and the US Geological Survey and is the founder of a non-profit organization “In Harm’s Way”, which is dedicated to natural hazard risk reduction.

Vishnu Chakrapani Lekha
Michigan Technological University

Vishnu Chakrapani Lekha is a Graduate Research Assistant and PhD scholar, in the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, at Michigan Technological University.


Geoscientists Without Borders®
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th St
Denver, Colorado 80202
United States

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