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Roger N. Anderson
Doherty Senior Scholar, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University 

Dr. Anderson is Director of the Energy Research Center at Columbia University’s Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. Prior to that appointment, Dr. Anderson ran a ten-person 4-D Seismic Monitoring Laboratory at Lamont and the Borehole Research Group for the International Ocean Drilling Program. He has a Ph.D. from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and has been with Columbia for 27 years.

Dr. Anderson's 4-D research team (the fourth dimension is time-lapse) has created more than a million lines of new software code relating to novel methods for extracting energy from old oil and gas fields. The team has invented technologies that have resulted in six patents, with a seventh pending. To connect this subsurface software to improved business practices in the oil industry, Dr. Anderson founded an energy industry consortium in Portfolio Management with industry partners Anadarko (US), BP Amoco (UK), Burlington (US), BHP (Australia), ChevronTexaco (US), ExxonMobil (US), Kerr-McGee (US), Petrobras (Brazil), Repsol/YFP (Spain/Argentina), and Unocal (US). The Columbia-owned software has since been licensed to a new start-up company called vPatch (for virtual oil patch) that sells production optimization systems that span the energy management spectrum from reservoir characterization to simulation and portfolio management.

Dr. Anderson and his team have also built research, computational and networking alliances with Boeing, IBM, GTE/BBN/Verizon, LockheedMartin, United Technologies and Bell Aerospace. To support the migration into the energy industry of new technologies that were developed through collaboration with these companies, he founded and is coordinator of the Ucross Technology Incubator. Ucross is itself a collaboration among Columbia, Stanford, the University of Wyoming, the Apache Corporation, the Boeing Company, and IBM Research.

In addition, Dr. Anderson founded and served on the Board-of-Directors of Bell Geospace, an energy industry spin-off of Bell Aerospace. In order to start that company, he was instrumental in the declassification of highly innovative, stealth navigation devices from the Trident Submarine program. This Gravity Gradiometry System is currently being used in the oil and gas industry as an advanced exploration tool.

The author of a Marine Geology textbook, Dr. Anderson has also written more than 200 articles for peer reviewed scientific publications in the U.S., England, France, China and Japan. For the last 20 years, he has taught Planet Earth, a science-requirement course, to undergraduates at Columbia.

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