Sergey Fomel received a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Stanford University in 2001 and worked previously at the Institute of Geophysics of Russian Academy of Sciences (Siberian Branch), Schlumberger Geco-Prakla, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He received a number of professional awards, including the J. Clarence Karcher Award from SEG (Society of Exploration Geophysicists) in 2001 and the Conrad Schlumberger Award from EAGE (European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers) in 2011. In 2020, he was the SEG Distinguished Lecture speaking on the topic of Automating seismic data analysis and interpretation. Sergey devotes part of his time to developing "Madagascar", an open-source software package for geophysical data analysis.
Sergey Fomel's research interests are exploration and computational geophysics: geophysical data analysis, seismic imaging, seismic wave propagation, and geophysical inverse problems.