Stanford encourages close collaboration with companies and welcomes industry to participate in our research. Geophysics has several Affiliate Programs which are set up to facilitate knowledge and technology transfer between industry and academia.
The Stanford Exploration Project (SEP) relies on a group of members and supporters, listed below, to provide discretionary funding for the activities of the project, and more importantly, to participate in ongoing consultation, discussion, and collaborative research. Because the comprehensive work of the SEP spans many industries and academic disciplines we actively seek to maintain a diverse membership in our consortium. We encourage participation from members around the world and in all industry sectors. All SEP Memberships are subject to Stanford University Policies for Industry Affiliates Programs. All research results funded by our affiliates' fees are shared with all program members and the public.
If you or your organization are interested in learning more about membership, please view our membership page or contact SEP Director, Biondo Biondi.
The SEP Affiliates Program is supported by a $55,000.00 annual corporate membership fee and is designed to facilitate the relationship between academia and industry. Members are entitled to the full range of benefits including invitations to all SEP Affiliates Program meetings, opportunity to support Ph.D. student research, and facilitated engagement with research programs, faculty, and graduate students.
Companies and other organizations having interests in overcoming technological limitations of the geophysical survey industry are eligible to join.
Member companies represent a broad spectrum of industries. Although most of our research is targeted at improvements in the geophysical survey contracting industry, about half of our members and alumni are in the petroleum industry. The Affiliates Program is supported by corporate membership fees of $55,000 per year. Companies may provide additional funding to be used to support a particular area of research identified on our website. The director of the Affiliate Program will determine how the additional funding will be used in the program’s research. All research results arising from the use of the additional funding will be shared with all program members and the general public.
For more information about related Stanford research, visit the "Research" page on this site.
All SEP Memberships are subject to Stanford University Policies for Industry Affiliates Programs. All research results funded by our affiliates' fees are shared with all program members and the public.
The benefits to our members are considerable:
Invitation to Annual Meetings and Workshops
Informal interactions between companies and Stanford researchers are augmented by meetings and workshops. These events provide members with opportunities to hear from experts at Stanford to address a variety of issues. Members will be exposed to ideas and technology which may impact their businesses in the future. These events are also networking opportunities.
While Stanford promotes openness in our research results and takes pride in the University’s role as a credible and impartial resource, Affiliates Programs can facilitate exposure to Stanford researchers at a high level, targeted to areas that will best serve members' interests.
Facilitated Grad Student Recruiting
The Affiliates Program’s regular meetings showcase Ph.D. student research and provide ample opportunity for companies and students to meet in a relaxed environment.
Copies of Reports, Ph.D. theses, and Research Results
We organize our research to facilitate technology transfer by using a formal method of makefile rules. With these, most of our research results are verified by someone other than the original researcher. Research progress reports are at least three years old and all Ph.D. theses are made available to the public through our website, but affiliates have early access to them.
Contact the Affiliates Program
The first step to becoming an affiliate member is to contact Denise Baughman [firstname.lastname@example.org], Program Manager for the SEP Program to request a membership invoice.