Houston, Texas – August 26, 2011 – TLE Sidebar with Mike Mueller by Natalie Blythe.
Mike Mueller, formerly of BP and currently with MicroSeismic, Inc., has a long, fruitful history with SEG, stemming from his days as an undergraduate at Binghamton University in New York. Over the years, Mike has cultivated his relationship with SEG, and last year, he decided to become a SEG Foundation Trustee Associate. Here is a brief snapshot of Mike’s journey:
“I’ve had a wonderful geophysical career. Here is a kid from upstate New York with an interest in the Earth Sciences. My ride has been wonderful, and I associate the career ride with SEG, starting from when I was a member of SEG during my student days – it’s a natural affiliation. I’ve always looked at geophysics with an SEG filter through reading GEOPHYSICS, THE LEADING EDGE, presenting papers, giving talks, and going to conventions. There are a number of attributes of SEG that I have found compelling over the span of my career. One is technical excellence; we are an applied science business and technical proficiency is the bottom line. Second, SEG has a worldwide reach and I find this invigorating – the international scope of SEG.
I subscribe to the belief that people do well to give back to their communities. The ethic of giving back is part of good citizenship and I’m proud to do it. It’s very possible to participate with SEG – it’s not just for the elite or a pre-selected group. We all have this opportunity, and I believe strongly all working geophysicists should participate. Doing so changes you.
Those who have been successful talk about the opportunity to give back, and I’m happy to have joined a group who pushes our Society and profession forward. I’m happy that the Trustee Associates exist, and I’m happy to be a part of it. For people in their 40s and 50s, this is a part of the natural progression of leadership or citizenship in a profession. To the broader base of SEG members, I suggest you make a note to look for the TAs and witness the impact that the TAs will make going forward on SEG and our worldwide presence.”
MicroSeismic, Inc. (MSI) is a global geophysical service company providing real-time monitoring and mapping of hydraulic fracture operations for developing unconventional oil and gas plays. Founded in 2003, MSI is the pioneer in monitoring microseismic activity utilizing surface and near-surface arrays. MSI’s technology provides real-time information on fracture location and geometry helping operators increase production and recovery while decreasing cost and risk. For more information, visit www.microseismic.com.