Satish Pullammanappallil

Optim, USA


Satish Pullammanappallil serves as the Vice-President, CTO, and Cofounder of Optim. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in geophysics from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), and the Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Nevada, Reno, Seismological Laboratory. His doctoral dissertation focused on developing and applying simulated annealing algorithms for optimization of seismic refraction, reflection and earthquake data. After his graduation, he spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University, Houston, Tex, working on understanding scattering and wave propagation in heterogeneous media and modeling the Earth as a fractal media. He then had a brief stint as a geophysicist at William Lettis and Associates, a Bay Area geosciences consulting firm. During early 1998, he cofounded Optim. It began its life in the technology incubator at the University of Nevada, Reno, campus setup under the auspices of the Nevada Applied Research Initiative. It has since grown into two offices (Reno and Las Vegas) and a worldwide community of users and clients. Optim’s SeisOpt software suite is being used by geotechnical and engineering companies to accurately, rapidly, and economically reveal complex Earth structure that could affect design and construction of structures. Its SeisOpt ReMi product is rapidly becoming the industry standard for assessing damage and shaking potential in the event of an earthquake. SeisOpt velocity optimization and prestack depth migration methodology is also being used by the geothermal industry to increase drill success rates thereby reducing the risk and cost associated with geothermal development. They have been successfully applied to geothermal fields in various geological settings. He holds an Adjunct Research Assistant Professor position at the Nevada Seismological Laboratory and is on the dissertation committee of Ph.D. and M.S. students at the Laboratory.

Biography Updated on 22 January 2012

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