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Mehdi AharchaouAll views in this website are my own.

I joined ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company in October 2013. Between May and August 2012, I worked as a geophysics intern at ExxonMobil Exploration Company in the Geophysical Data Processing group. In 2010, I spent 7 months in Japan where I worked as a geophysics intern at Schlumberger Kabushiki Kaisha. The focus of my work was to develop a detection method of borehole reflectors for real-time logging while drilling.

I obtained a M.Sc. in Geophysics from the Earth Science department at Rice University in May 2013. My Thesis subject was “A Compressive Sensing Approach to the High-Resolution Linear Radon Transform: Application on Teleseismic Wavefields” (defense slides, thesis, paper). My scientific advisor Prof. Alan Levander leads the Global Seismology Group at Rice. I graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in May 2011 with a M.Sc. in Electrical & Computer Engineering. My major was in Digital & Statistical Signal Processing. Prior to this, I completed B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering at INP-ENSEEIHT in Toulouse in France. My focus there was on Signal Processing. To gain admission to a Grande École in France, I did preparatory classes between 2007 and 2009 at Lycée Moulay Driss in Fes in Morocco. This program consisted of two intensive years with special focus on Mathematics and Physics.

My main research has been centered at the development and application of cutting-edge geophysical processing and inversion technologies to prospect for oil and gas. I have so far been able to work on multiple real-world problems in fields such as oceanography, borehole geophysics, in addition to earthquake and exploration seismology.

Recently, I’ve started investigating artificial intelligence and development of machine learning techniques for seismic exploration.


During my studies at Georgia Tech, in addition to being a teaching assistant at Signals & Systems (ECE 3048), I took the following classes:

At Rice university, I took the following geoscience related classes:

A list of my publications is accessible here.