Ilya Tsvankin

University Distinguished Professor, Geophysics

Ilya Tsvankin


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Labs and Research Centers


  • PhD, Geophysics, Moscow State University
  • BS and MS, Exploration Geophysics, Moscow State University

Research Areas

  • Seismic wave propagation
  • Processing and inversion of seismic data for anisotropic media
  • Multicomponent seismology
  • Fracture characterization

Recent Courses

  • Seismic Data Processing
  • Introduction to Seismology I
  • Introduction to Seismology II
  • Advanced Seismology

Awards and Recognitions

  • SEG Outstanding Educator (2020)
  • Honorary Membership Award of the SEG (2015)
  • Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal Award of the SEG (1996)
  • Elected a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (2011)
  • Best Paper in Geophysics Award of the SEG (2009)
  • Honorable Mention for Best Paper in Geophysics Award of the SEG (1999, 2002)
  • Shell Faculty Fellow, recipient of Shell Faculty Career Initiation Grant (1996 – 99)
  • Gold Medal in Geophysics for Outstanding Young Scientists of the Soviet Academy of Sciences (1988)