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The EERC is pleased to announce that Dr. César Barajas-Olalde has joined the EERC team as a Senior Geophysicist. In this position, César analyzes the subsurface using geophysical methods and performs advanced processing and interpretation of geophysical data collected in the field, providing clients with new ways to view the geology between wells or where there are no wells. César specializes in the use of geophysical methods for exploration and monitoring of petroleum reservoirs and CO2 storage, geophysical data acquisition and processing, modeling, algorithm development, and the handling of large seismic data sets.

César brings a wealth of experience to his position at the EERC, having worked for Schlumberger most of his career in several R&D positions in Houston, Texas; Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; London, United Kingdom; and elsewhere. César also has worked in production environments as Geosolutions Data Processing Manager based in Buenos Aires, where he was accountable for Schlumberger Geosolutions’ strategic direction across Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, and Venezuela. Most recently, as Project Manager for Schlumberger Geosolutions Center in Denver, Colorado, César spearheaded a mega seismic data-processing project in which leading-edge technology was applied to petabytes of data.

César holds a Ph.D. degree in Geophysics from the University of Kiel, Germany; an M.S. degree in Applied Geophysics from Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education, Mexico; and a B.S. degree in Geophysical Engineering from the Technological Institute of Ciudad Madero, Mexico.

César understands well the challenges of handling, analyzing, and processing “big data,” and his experience working in R&D and production environments with stakeholders worldwide has involved the development of technology from inception to final application within the commercial market. This expertise and his experience working with reservoirs worldwide are great assets to the EERC.

“My exposure to geophysical challenges of reservoirs such as Ghawar in Saudi Arabia, Burgan in Kuwait, and Vaca Muerta in Argentina will allow me to rapidly identify the technology required to address the challenges of the reservoirs in the Williston Basin,” said César.

César and his family love music, traveling, and participating in sports. Originally from northeastern Mexico, César’s interests outside work involve learning as much as possible about the places and cultures where he lives. He spin-cycles, plays tennis, ran his first half marathon last year and plans to run a full marathon, and played golf for the first time at the EERC Golf Tournament this summer. While in Saudi Arabia, César created a soccer training program for kids and coached a children’s team there. He wants to do that again.

Sports have always been important in César’s life. As a teenager, he played on volleyball and soccer teams in regional events almost every year. “I participated in several national competitions and was selected to be part of the amateur national soccer team. This was a fantastic time in my sports ‘career,’’’ César said, “as I had the opportunity to be trained by excellent coaches and to play with excellent players, some of whom later became part of the professional national team.” However, training meant spending months away from school at the Olympic center in Mexico City. “I had to decide between an intensive sports career or continuing with school,” he said. “This is why I say that ‘geophysics won the final game.’”