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Comet Corner Series: An Urgent Call for New Technologies in Geoscience, featuring John Thurmond, BS '97, PhD '06

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Virtual Event

Wednesday, September 29, 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM CST

WATCH LIVE from any browser on September 29 at 12PM: 

John Thurmond, BS '97, PhD '06, has more than twenty years of energy industry experience spanning from unconventional exploration to offshore production - which grew from an opportunity to get started in research as an undergraduate at UT Dallas.  He has spent his career pushing the edges of technology, pioneering new methods in digital outcrop acquisition, source-to-sink methods in sedimentology, and AI interpretation of seismic data.  

Supplying the energy needs of the world while mitigating the causes and effects of climate change will require a wide swath of technologies that have not yet been even conceived. How do we increase our pace of development, adoption, and implementation of these new technologies?

These questions and more will be explored with session moderator Dr. David E. Lumley, professor and Department Head of Geosciences at UT Dallas, Cecil & Ida Green Endowed Chair in Geophysics and Director of the Seismic Imaging & Inversion Lab.  Discussant Dr. Robert Stern, professor in the Geosciences Department at UT Dallas, will also be joining the session. 

The Comet Corner Series, created by the UT Dallas Office of Research and in partnership with the schools across our campus, hosts monthly chats with some of our notable alumni to hear how they have taken their research out into the world and made #UTDResearchImpact.  

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Persons with disabilities may submit a request for accommodations to participate in this event at UT Dallas' ADA website. You may also call (972) 883-5331 for assistance or send an email to All requests should be received no later than 10 business days prior to the event.

Event Type

Campus & Community

Target Audience

Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Alumni, International Students, General Public, Prospective Students


Research, Science & Technology


Alumni, geosciences, NSM

Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Research


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