James Rector – Petro River Oil
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Dr. Rector is the Chief Technology and Geophysical Advisor to Petro River.  Currently a tenured professor of Geophysics at the University of California, Berkeley, he has a unique background both as a developer and user of technology in the oil and gas industry.  Dr. Rector previously served as a senior consultant in borehole seismology for major oil and gas companies including Chevron Texaco, British Petroleum, Unocal, Weatherford International, Baker-Hughes, and Petroleum Geo-Services.  In 1998, Dr. Rector co-founded Berkeley GeoImaging (“BGI”), a company that provides resource project qualification, acts as a technology partner, and organizes equity participation pools.  BGI has been active in oil and gas exploration and production within the Mid-Continent Region.  Dr. Rector also led the development of a patented technology (6 U.S. Patents) that exploited the sounds created by a drill bit during the drilling of a borehole to create high-resolution seismic images of formations around the borehole.  This technology was sold to Western-Atlas International where it became part of a suite of on-site products offered worldwide.  Jamie also co-founded the TomoSeis Corporation, a hi-tech startup in oil field servicing utilizing well-to-well geometrics to provide reservoir images an order of magnitude more detailed than conventional methods could provide.  Dr. Rector currently serves on the technical advisory board at 4th Wave Imaging Corporation and Z-Seis Corporation.  Dr. Rector has published on a wide variety of subjects including near-surface geophysics, anisotropic imaging of borehole and surface seismic data, and wave propagation simulation.  Dr. Rector has earned prestigious academic awards for some of his works, including: The Legends of Seismic While Drilling Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2007, and the J. Clarence Karcher Award, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 1996.  Dr. Rector holds a Master’s of Science and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Stanford University.