||Doherty Senior Scholar, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of
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
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
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.