Bill Fisher to Receive Chairman’s Award at ACE

William L. Fisher
William L. Fisher

William L. Fisher, a past chairman of the AAPG Foundation's Board of Trustees, past president of the Association and an award-winning leader of both entities for nearly 40 years is the winner of this year's AAPG Foundation Chairman's Award.

The award, presented to recognize those who have made "extraordinary contributions (monetary or service) to the AAPG Foundation," will be presented to Fisher in Denver June 2 during the Chairman's Reception at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition.

Fisher, a dedicated contributor to the AAPG Foundation, is an Honorary AAPG member and a winner of the Sidney Powers Memorial Award, AAPG's highest honor.

For the Foundation he has been a Trustee Associate since 1993, a Member of the Corporation since 1996 and a Trustee Emeriti since 2013. He was a Foundation Trustee in 2001-06, and served as chair from 2006-13.

Apart from AAPG, Fisher is the Leonidas T. Barrow Chair and Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences of the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, he served as the inaugural dean and the first director of the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences, a school he was instrumental in founding as well as securing its substantial endowment.

He is a former long-time director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, former chairman of the Department of Geological Sciences and former director of the Geology Foundation.

For the national scene, Fisher has been an adviser to two presidents, several governors, members of the U.S. Congress and Texas legislature and numerous federal and state agencies. He was Assistant Secretary of Energy and Minerals in the U.S. Department of Interior under President Gerald Ford and as a member of the White House Science Council under President Ronald Reagan.

He also is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and has long been active in the Nation Research Council of the National Academies.

Fisher's research has focused in the areas of stratigraphy, sedimentology, and oil and gas assessment. In 1967 he introduced the concept of depositional systems - now a fundamental part of modern stratigraphy and sedimentology.

In 1987 he led an assessment team for DOE that turned around the then-prevalent view of natural gas scarcity.

He has championed the importance of technology in resource availability and has been a leader in the rethinking of the significance of reserve growth from existing, geologically complex oil and gas fields.

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Satterfield Named Foundation Professor of the Year

Joseph Satterfield, a geology professor at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, has been chosen the winner of the AAPG Foundation's 2015 Professorial Award.

The honor, determined by the AAPG Academic Liaison Committee and presented annually to a professor for "Excellence in the Teaching of Natural Resources in the Earth Sciences," comes with a $1,000 prize from the AAPG Foundation.

Satterfield, an AAPG member, will receive his award (including a commemorative plaque) at the Foundation Chairman's Reception during the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Denver.

Satterfield is known at ASU for leading the department to offer value-added geology field projects, providing outstanding mentorship to his students, and designing and teaching seven new upper-level geology courses for the BS in Geoscience and Earth Science Minor.

Acclaimed by his colleagues and students for his unique teaching style, Satterfield was called "an excellent teacher and mentor" by David Bixler, chair of the Department of Physics and Geosciences, who added he has been "one of the 'go-to' faculty on campus for advice on teaching and pedagogy."

Bixler said Satterfield not only imparts his knowledge on his students, he also has "taught his colleagues many concepts in geology that are now used in making interdisciplinary connections in the university's physics and physical science classes."

The Foundation's Professorial Award was created to encourage geoscience professors to stay current on industry trends and cutting edge technology to share with their undergraduate and graduate students, further enhancing the field of geoscience research.

Satterfield is the third recipient of the Foundation's honor. Previous honorees have been:

  • Grant Wach, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada (2013).
  • Robert Goldstein, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan. (2014).

An interview with Satterfield will appear in a future EXPLORER