Michael S. Zhdanov
Michael S. Zhdanov is a Professor of geophysics, and the Director of the Center for Electromagnetic Modeling and Inversion (CEMI)—a research and educational program in EM geophysical exploration, supported for more than twenty years by several major national and international mining and petroleum corporations and geophysical research organizations—at the University of Utah since 1993. Prior to joining the University of Utah in 1993, Dr. Zhdanov was the Founder and Director of the Geoelectromagnetic Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. In 1990, he was awarded an Honorary Diploma of Gauss Professor by the Gettingen Academy of Sciences, Germany. In 1991, he was elected as a Full Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, in 1997 he became an Honorary Professor of China National Center of Geological Exploration Technology, and in 2002 he became a Fellow of the Electromagnetics Academy, USA. His research interests are in theoretical and applied geophysics with emphasis on the inversion theory and electromagnetic methods. He has contributed to the foundations of electromagnetic methods of geophysical exploration, and invented principally new methods of electromagnetic imaging of the Earth’s interior, based on electromagnetic holography and migration. Dr. Zhdanov developed a fundamentally new technique of regularized inversion for geological structures with the sharp geometrical boundaries, which are the main targets in the exploration. He has also introduced a new geophysical technique for mineral exploration and hydrocarbon reservoir characterization, based on electromagnetic methods. Dr. Zhdanov authored more than 300 papers, including more than fifteen monographs published in English, Russian, and Chinese, in addition to six patents.
Biography Updated on 14 July 2008