Paul Sava

Professor, Geophysics
C.H. Green Chair of Exploration Geophysics

Paul SavaPaul Sava is the C.H. Green Chair of Exploration Geophysics and Director of the Center for Wave Phenomena at Colorado School of Mines. He holds an Engineering degree in Geophysics (1995) from the University of Bucharest, an M.Sc. (1998) and a Ph.D. (2005) in Geophysics from Stanford University where he was a member of the Stanford Exploration Project. His main research interests are in wavefield seismic imaging, stochastic imaging and inversion, computational methods for wave propagation, numeric optimization and high performance computing.

He is a recipient of a Stanford Graduate Fellowship (1997-2000) from Stanford University and of a Jackson Young Scientist Fellowship (2006-2007) from the University of Texas (Austin). He is also a recipient of three Awards of Merit for best student presentations at the SEG conventions (1999, 2001 and 2004) and of a Honorable Mention in the category Best Paper in Geophysics (2003) for Angle-domain common-image gathers by wavefield continuation methods, co-authored by Sergey Fomel.

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists recognized him in 2007 with the Reginald Fessenden Award for his work on wave-equation angle-domain imaging.

He is a member of SEG and EAGE, served as Education Officer on the EAGE Board from 2012-2016, and currently serves as Chair of the EAGE Student Fund Board.

Curriculum Vitae


  • 2005.    Ph.D. Geophysics Stanford University
  • 1998     M.Sc. Geophysics Stanford University
  • 1995.    Engineer Geophysicist University of Bucharest

Professional Experience

  • 2015-present     C.H. Green Chair of Exploration Geophysics    Colorado School of Mines
  • 2014-present     Director.    Center for Wave Phenonena
  • 2011-present     Associate Professor    Colorado School of Mines
  • 2013-2014          Visiting Professor     Stanford University
  • 2006-2011          Assistant Professor     Colorado School of Mines
  • 2004-2005          Research Associate    UT Austin (BEG)
  • 2002                   Geophysicist     BP Upstream Technology
  • 1999,2004         Consultant    3DGeo Development Inc.
  • 1997-2004         Research Assistant    Stanford University
  • 1995-1997         Software Support Geoscientist    Schlumberger GeoQuest


  • 2007             Reginald Fessenden Award (read citation).    Society of Exploration Geophysicists
  • 2004             Honorable Mention for Best Paper in Geophysics    Society of Exploration Geophysicists
  • ’99,’01,’04            Award of merit – Best student paper      Society of Exploration Geophysicists
  • ’99,’04,’06,’07,    Top 30 talk at the Annual Convention      Society of Exploration Geophysicists
  • 2005-2006           Jackson Young Scientist Fellow       University of Texas (Austin)
  • 1997-2000          Stanford Graduate Fellow      Stanford University


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