Dr. Robert J. Stern  Professor of Geosciences, UT Dallas


Robert J. Stern is Professor of Geosciences and has served on the faculty of the University of Texas at Dallas since 1982. Most of his scientific career was spent studying modern and ancient plate tectonic processes and products, especially the active Mariana arc system in the Western Pacific and ancient (800-550 million year old) crust exposed in the Arabian-Nubian Shield of Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel. He has made important contributions to the geology of Iran, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Geodynamic contributions include ideas about how new subduction zones form and the evolution of Plate Tectonics. He and his co-authors have published more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific papers; more information can be found on his Google Scholar profile. In addition to being co-director of the Permian Basin Research Lab, he is director of the Global Magmatic and Tectonic Laboratory and Geoscience Studios and is co-director of the Micro-imaging Laboratory, all housed in the UTD Geology Dept. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and the American Geophysical Union and has been Editor-in-Chief of International Geology Review since 2013. More information can be found on his Wikipedia page


Mr. Lowell Waite     Lecturer, UT Dallas

Lowell Waite is a Lecturer within the Department of Geosciences. He has 38 years of previous experience in the oil and gas industry, including 17 years with Mobil Oil and 21 years with Pioneer Natural Resources. While at Mobil, he worked in carbonate research, domestic exploration (Gulf of Mexico and west Texas), and international exploration and field development (Saudi Arabia, Angola, North Africa, Venezuela, and Kazakhstan) including 5 years as co-leader of Mobil’s Carbonate Seminar.  At Pioneer, his main projects included International New Ventures (Tunisia), Gulf of Mexico exploration, South Texas exploration (Edwards reef trend and Eagle Ford shale), Denver Basin exploration, and Permian Basin unconventional shales (Wolfcamp – Spraberry of the Midland Basin). At Pioneer he taught numerous in-house courses and field trips. Recently retired for the oil and gas industry, he looks forward to teaching, advising, and mentoring students in his capacity as co-director of the Permian Basin Research Lab.


Dr. Mortaza Pirouz  Senior Lecturer, UT Dallas

Dr. Hejun Zhu           Assistant Professor, UT Dallas


Industry Associates

Mr. David Williamson, Founding Member and Vice President of Geoscience, Monadnock Resources

Mr. Tim Reed, Pioneer Natural Resources (Retired)