Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences at Michigan Tech

Wayne D. Pennington

Wayne D. Pennington

Seismic Petrophysics: Observation & Theory

Department Chair and Professor of Geophysical Engineering

631 Dow



Personal Statement

  • Integration of disciplines -- engineering, physics, geology, and computer techniques -- provides the scientist or engineer with the techniques appropriate to solving a wide range of problems in determining the behavior of rocks in the subsurface. Our SPOT lab is equipped with the tools necessary to perform virtually any analysis on subsurface data that the investigator can imagine.


  • Bachelors; Princeton University; 1972
  • Masters; Cornell University; 1976
  • Ph.D.; University of Wisconsin - Madison; 1979


  • properties of rocks under varying conditions of saturation, stress, and heterogeneity
  • oil and gas exploration and development
  • seismic petrophysics -- relating rock properties to seismic observations
  • earthquake seismology, particularly induced seismicity, and teaching seismology in K-12 schools
  • administrator of the SPOT Lab (seismic petrophysics: observation and theory)
  • administrator of large application software provided by Schlumberger- GeoQuest, Mercury International Technologies, Andrews Scott Pickford, and Flagship Geosciences

Courses Taught

  • Seismic Data Processing and Interpretation
  • Well Logging (Formation Evaluation)
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Quantitative Reservoir Characterization
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