Tapan Mukerji

Tapan Mukerji

Pioneering innovations in theoretical and practical rock physics for seismic reservoir characterization


Tapan Mukerji serves as an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering and in the Department of Geophysics at Stanford University. He co-directs the Stanford Center for Reservoir Forecasting (SCRF) and is associated with the Stanford Rock Physics and Borehole Geophysics (SRB), as well as the Stanford Basin and Petroleum System Modeling (BPSM) research groups.

The academic career of Professor Mukerji started with his Ph.D. in Geophysics, defended in 1995 at Stanford University, preceded by his M.Sc (Tech) from Banaras Hindu University, India in 1989. He also covered various significant roles. In 2002 Professor Mukerji acted as Co-Chair of the Technical Committee of the 11th Venezuelan Geophysical Congress. From 2008 he has been Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Reservoir Forecasting, Stanford University, also serving since 2011 as Associate Editor of Computers and Geosciences. Since 2001, he is the Associate Editor of Geophysics. He is a co-author of The Rock Physics Handbook and Quantitative Seismic Interpretation.

Professor Mukerji devoted his research to the attempt to integrate rock physics, geostatistics, wave propagation, developing stochastic methods for quantitative reservoir characterization, time-lapse reservoir monitoring and geomodeling applications. Professor Mukerji combines experience in conducting leading edge research, teaching and directing graduate student research. He is particularly interested in forging links between research disciplines in geosciences, engineering, and management sciences.

His outstanding scientific career was awarded by many prizes. Professor Mukerji obtained in 2000 the Karcher Award by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. In 2004, the SPG Conference in India tributed him the Best Paper Award, while in 2010 he won the Best Paper Award by the International Association of Mathematical Geosciences. In 2010 he was an invited keynote speaker at the Society of Petroleum Geophysicists (SPG) International Conference, Hyderabad, India; in 2011 he was again invited speaker at the Recent Advances and Road Ahead, Society of Exploration Geophysicists Annual International Meeting, San Antonio.