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Sonali Pattnaik


Country: India
Degree Program: PhD, Geophysics
E-mail: spattnai@mines.edu


Sonali received her Bachelor's and Master of Science degrees in Exploration Geophysics at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 2014. Her Master's thesis focused on various numerical techniques to model the acoustic wavefield in layered media. During her studies at IIT, Sonali interned at the National Institute of Oceanography in Goa, where she worked on 3D seismic data processing using ProMAX 2D/3D and adopted a specially designed processing sequence for gas hydrate studies. Sonali also interned at BG Exploration and Production India, where she developed an integrated interpretation of seismic, well log and gravity data to study the sub-basalt section. She independently developed a Petrel Plugin using Ocean SDK for quick evaluation of gravity data.

Sonali's CWP advisor is Prof. Ilya Tsvankin. Her research interests are seismic anisotropy, inversion and seismic imaging. Sonali enjoys playing badminton, reading novels and traveling.



Sonali is working on full waveform inversion with reflected waves for acoustic VTI media. Her aim is to estimate anisotropic parameters by just using reflections in the FWI framework. Currently she is working on synthetic models.


FWI with reflected waves for acoustic VTI media




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