Earth Sciences Division (ESD) Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Gregory A. Newman

Gregory Newman

Gregory A. Newman

Senior Scientist

Geophysics Department

 

Phone: 510-486-6887

Fax: 510-486-5686

Email: ganewman@lbl.gov

Biographical Summary

Dr. Gregory Newman is a Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Earth Science Division and Head of the Geophysics Department in the Earth Sciences Division. Prior to his appointment in January 2004, Dr. Newman worked nearly fourteen years at Sandia National Laboratories, Geophysical Technology Department. His interest, include large-scale, multi-dimensional, inverse and forward modeling problems arising in exploration geophysics, parallel computation and electromagnetic geophysics. He has over 20 years of experience in large-scale geophysical field simulation and computation. In 2000, Dr Newman was a Mercator Fellow at the Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology, University of Cologne, Federal Republic of Germany. The fellowship was awarded from the German National Science Foundation for a year of study in the Federal Republic of Germany. Studies at the Institute were directed on the formulation and implementation of 3D transient electromagnetic modeling and inversion algorithms for geophysical applications and lectures on the electromagnetic modeling and inversion. Dr. Newman was also affiliated with this institution from 1987-1989 as a Post Doctorate Appointee and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow.

Education

  • University of California, Riverside, 1980 BS, Geophysics
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 1983 MS, Geophysics
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 1987 Ph.D, Geophysics
    • Title of Ph.D. dissertation: Three-dimensional Transient Electromagnetic Modeling for Exploration Geophysics. Thesis Advisor – Professor Gerald W. Hohmann

Professional Experience

  • Senior Scientist & Geophysics Department Head, Earth Sciences Division Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory; 2004-2009Webpage URL: http://esd.lbl.gov/people/ganewman/homepage/index.html
  • Distinguished Member Technical Staff, Geophysical Technology Department, Sandia National Laboratories; 2001-2004
  • Principal Member Technical Staff, Geophysical Technology Department Sandia National Laboratories; 1990-2000

Teaching Experience

  • Organized and lectured on the theory of geophysical inverse problems. Course was given at the University of New Mexico, Physics and Astronomy Department in the Spring semester of 2002.
  • Organized and lectured on numerical methods for 3D Electromagnetic modeling. Course was given at the Institute for Geophysics and Metrology, University of Cologne, Federal Republic of Germany. Course was given in the Spring semester 2000.
  • Organized and lectured on numerical strategies for 3D/2D large-scale electromagnetic inverse problems. Course was given at the Institute for Geophysics and Metrology, University of Cologne, Federal Republic of German in the Fall semester 2000.
  • Jointly organized and lectured on electromagnetic geophysics for hydrology. Course was given in the Fall quarter of 1996 at the New Mexico Institute of Mining Technology, Socorro New Mexico.
  • Organized special Short Course on 3-D Electromagnetic Modeling given at the Helsinki University of Technology, Department of Materials Science and Rock Engineering, Espoo Finland, Summer 1991.

Society Affiliations

  • Member, Society of Exploration Geophysics
  • Member, American Geophysical Union

Honors and Awards

  • R&D 100 Award: 2009, EMGeo: Electromagnetic Geological Mapper; 3D Imaging software for large scale data sets and imaging volumes that arise in hydrocarbon exploration.
  • Invited Speaker: 2008, III Brazilian Geophysical Symposium, Belem and National Observatory, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Invited Speaker: 2008, Geophysical Workshop on 3D Magnetotelluric Inversion, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Elected Member to the Electromagnetics Academy, 2007. The Academy is devoted to academic excellence and the advancement of research and relevant applications of the electromagnetic theory and to promoting educational objectives of the electromagnetics profession. Induction to Membership in the Academy is an honor in recognition of scholarly achievements and distinguished educational and professional services.
  • Technology Transfer Award, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2005.
  • Mercator Fellow, Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology, University of Cologne, Federal Republic of Germany, 2000-2001.
  • Invited Speaker: Special workshop on Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice; Electromagnetic Workshop – Numerical methods: SAGEEP’94, March 31, Boston MA, 1994.
  • Invited Lecturer: Special Short Course on 3-D Electromagnetic Modeling given at the Helsinki University of Technology, Department of Materials Science and Rock Engineering, Espoo Finland, Summer 1991.
  • CSIR Fellow: Recipient of a Federal Research and Development Fellowship, Republic of South Africa, Winter 1990.
  • Invited Visiting Scientist: Russian Academy of Sciences, Division Physics of the Earth, Moscow, USSR. Fall, 1988.
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology, University of Cologne, Federal Republic of Germany, 1987-1989.
  • Distinguished Doctoral Degree Research Award, University of Utah, Department of Geology and Geophysics, 1986-1987.

Professional Service

  • January 2008: Scientific Impacts and Opportunities in Petaflop Computing; Contributor to Office of Science Report on high performance computational opportunities in the Earth Sciences.
  • 2001 – 2002: Associate Editor of Electromagnetic Methods for Geophysical Prospecting.
  • June 1999 to 2001: Member of the Program Advisory Committee (PAC) for National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). Duties involve recommending allocations to NERSC supercomputing resources in geosciences for the DOE Office of Science.
  • 1995 – 1999: Associate Editor of Electromagnetic Methods for Geophysics.
  • January 1996: United States Department of Energy Advanced Computational Technology Initiative Program for Earth Sciences, Review Board Panel Member.

Technical Session Organization

  • Organizer of the Electromagnetic Technical Session: Large-scale 3D electromagnetic inverse problems in geophysics. Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS), 2008, Cambridge, MA.
  • Organizer of the Electromagnetic Technical Sessions: Society of Exploration Geophysicists 67th Annual Meeting, Dallas Texas, November 2-7, 1997.
  • Co-organizer of the Workshop, “The Role of In-Mine Geophysics for Resource Evaluation”: Annual Meeting of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Denver Co, 1996.

Research Funding History

  • Office Basic Energy Sciences, 1992-2009, $3,425,000
  • Sandia Laboratory Directed Research and Development, 1993-2003, $2,000,000
  • Department of Energy Fossil Program Office, 2001-2005, $1,250,000
  • Department of Energy Geothermal Program Office, 2003-2006, $750,000
  • ExxonMobil Corporation, 2004-2008, $1,100,000
  • Statoil, 2006-2008, $270,000

Technology Transfer

Software Licensing Activities, 1995-2009, licensing generated royalties, $2,610,000. Companies include British Petroleum, BHP Billiton, Chevron Corporation, ConcoPhillips, Electromagnetic Instruments, ENI S.p.A, ExxonMobil, Halliburton Energy Services, Noranda, OHM LTD, Schlumberger, Shell International Exploration and Production, Statoil, Stolar.