2006 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Missouri University of Science & Technology, USA
2003 Ph.D. Applied Geophysics, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA
1999 MSc. Applied Geophysics, Mansoura University, Egypt
1996 Diploma in Educational Phycology, Mansoura University, Egypt
1992 BSc. Geology and Geophysics, Mansoura University, Egypt
2016-Present: Assistant Professor of Geophysics, Boone Pickens School of Geology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.
2012 - 2016: Geophysicist and Group Leader, multi-component seismic group, Schlumberger, Denver, Colorado USA.
2006 - 2012: Associate Geophysicist, Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
2005 - 2006: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Geology and Geophysics Department, Missouri University of Science & Technology.
2004 - 2005: Research Scientist, National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics, Cairo-Egypt (Egypt’s premier geophysics research institute).
2001 - 2003: Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant: Missouri University of Science & Technology.
1999 - 2001: Research Assistant, National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics, Cairo-Egypt
Instructor Boone Pickens School of Geology, Oklahoma State University. Introduction to exploration Geophysics
Instructor Department of Geology, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Methods in Applied Geophysics – Spring 2009 & Spring 2011.
Instructor Department of Geography and Geology, Illinois State University. Exploration Geophysics -Fall 2009.
Instructor Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Missouri-Rolla. Geophysical Imaging - Fall 2003.
Mentor Supervised special projects by students groups in Mechanical Engineering to design a downhole seismic hammer, Fall 2007 & Spring 2008. Trained more than 40 students on seismic data acquisition and processing through the ISGS annual summer seismic fieldwork program, 2006 - 2011.
Graduate Teaching Assistant Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Missouri-Rolla. Sei Seismic Exploration - Fall 2001, Environmental Geophysics- Spring 2002, Field Geophysics-fall 2002, Structure Geology - Spring 2003.
Invited Guest Lecturer/ Workshop Organizer and Presenter
One-day intensive seismic data processing course, Missouri University of Science and Technology off-campus geophysics course, Denver, Colorado, 2013.
Organizer and lecturer, Practical Geophysics for Engineering, Archaeology and Groundwater, a two-day short course-May 2012, ISGS Geophysics Section, Champaign, Illinois, USA.
Geology Department, Southern Illinois University (SIU), Carbondale, Illinois, December 2010.
Invited Session Chair, 25th Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP), Tucson, Arizona USA, 2010.
Organizer and lecturer, New World in Surface Geophysics, a two-day short course- May 2010, AEG-North Central Section, Lisle, Illinois.
Department of Geomagnetism, Egyptian Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics, March 2009.
Boone Pickens School of Geology, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma, October 2008.
Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Missouri-Rolla, (UMR), June 2008.
Department of Geology, University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign (UIUC), May 2008.
Central Great Lakes Geologic Mapping Coalition, Indiana, USA, January 2008.
Department of Geography and Geology, Illinois State University (ISU), May 2007.
Organizer and lecturer, The Most Commonly Used Geophysical Methods, a one-day workshop - May 2006, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Springfield, Illinois.
Session Chair, 2006 Highway Geophysics - NDE Conference, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA.
Journal of Applied Geophysics
Journal of environmental and engineering Geophysics
Journal of Applied Physics
Arabian Journal of Geosciences
Journal of Geophysics and Engineering
Journal of geology and mining research.
NRIAG Journal of Astronomy and Geophysics.
1 day Seismic Fracture Characterization Concepts and Practical Applications. EAGE Education Tour Series 8, Denver, Colorado.
5 days Introduction to Anisotropy in Seismic Data Processing, Schlumberger, Denver.
4 days Surface Wave Analysis, Modeling and Inversion (SWAMI), Schlumberger, Denver
4 days Multi-component seismic processing and interpretation, Schlumberger, Denver 2013
3 days Advanced production processing techniques and basic noise attenuation, Schlumberger, Houston.
2 days Land and marine basic noise attenuation, Schlumberger, Houston.
2 days Land processing,-Statics & Surface Consistent processing, Schlumberger, Houston.
2 days Q technology Basic Introduction to Marine & Land, Schlumberger, Houston. 2009
1 day Principles and Application of Seismic Refraction Tomography, Fort Worth, Texas. 2007
4 days Promax 2D\3D Seismic Data Processing, Halliburton, Denver, Colorado. 2006
2 days SurfSeis/MASW, Kansas Geological Survey, the University of Kansas at Lawrence, Kansas. 1996
1 year Diploma, Educational Psychology, Mansoura University, Egypt
Expertise In Near Surface Geophysics
I have significant “hands-on” experience with most of the commonly used geophysical methods, including compressional- and shear-wave seismic reflection, seismic refraction , seismic downhole, seismic cross-hole, multi-channel analysis of surface wave (MASW), electrical resistivity, ground-penetrating radar (GPR), frequency-domain electromagnetic, resistance scanning, and self-potential (SP) methods. In addition, I have some experience with gravity, magnetics, and time-domain electromagnetic methods. I have used these techniques over the years in many geophysical research projects including:
Locating and mapping groundwater aquifers.
3D geological mapping of glacial and non-glacial sediments.
Stratigraphic and structural analyses of shallow bedrock.
Locating buried archaeological features in the Nile Valley and Delta.
Evaluating gradual/catastrophic subsidence in karst terrain.
Mapping dissolution/deformation of rocks and related surface subsidence.
Detection of abandoned underground mines.
Detection of seepage flow paths through earth-fill dams.
Geotechnical site characterization studies.
Dam seepage studies
Bridge deck investigations (corrosion, delamination, etc.).
Monitoring integrity of concrete structures and dowel bar emplacement.
Mapping river bottoms and bridge scour features.
Calculating engineering properties of soil and generating soil amplification maps.
Earthquake hazards analysis.
Environmental site assessments.
Omega for seismic 2D3D3C processing.
Petrel for seismic interpretation and velocity model building.
ProMax and WinSeis software packages for seismic processing and interpretation.
Kingdom Suite (SMT) for seismic data interpretation.
RADAN Software for Ground Penetrating Radar data processing and interpretation.
SurfSeis and ReMi software for active and passive surface wave data analyzing.
Windonhole for downhole data analysis.
Zohdy, Meju, IPI, GeoPlot and Res2D software for electric resistivity data analysis.
Ramag software for VLF data analysis.
Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications Ahmed Ismail, F. Brett Denny, Mohamed Metwaly, 2014: Comparing continuous profiles from MASW and shear-wave reflection seismic methods. Journal of Applied Geophysics, Volume 101, p.67–77.
Michelle S. Trommelen, Martin Ross and Ahmed Ismail, 2014: Ribbed moraines in northern Manitoba, Canada: characteristics and preservation as part of a subglacial bed mosaic near the core regions of ice sheets. Quaternary Science Reviews 87, p. 135-155.
Ahmed Ismail, Andrew Stumpf and Robert Bauer, 2014: Seismic characterization of glacial sediments in central Illinois. Journal of Applied Geophysics, Volume 101, p.1–10.
Andrew J. Stumpf and Ahmed Ismail, 2013: High-resolution seismic reflection profiling: an aid for resolving the Pleistocene stratigraphy of a buried valley in central Illinois, USA. Annals of Glaciology, International Glaciological Society, Volume 54, Number 64, p. 10-20.
Fathy Shaaban, Ahmed Ismail, Usama Massoud, Hany Mesbah, Ahmed Lethy, Abbas Mohamed Abbas, 2013: Geotechnical assessment of ground conditions around a tilted building in Cairo–Egypt using geophysical approaches, Journal of the Association of Arab Universities for Basic and Applied Sciences, Volume 13, Issue 1, p. 63–72.
Ahmed Ismail and Neil Anderson, 2012: 2D and 3D Resistivity Imaging of Karst Regions in Missouri, USA. Environmental & Engineering Geoscience, Volume 18, p. 281-293.
Ahmed Ismail, Edward Smith, Andrew Phillips and Andrew Stumpf, 2012: Pitfalls in Interpretation of Shallow Seismic Data, Applied Geophysics, Volume 9, Number 1, p. 87-94.
Mehrez Elwaseif, Ahmed Ismail, Mohamed Abdalla, Mahdy Abdel Rahman, and Mahfooz Hafez, 2012: Geophysical and Hydrological Investigations at the West Bank of Nile River (Luxor, Egypt). Journal of Environmental Earth Sciences, Volume 67, Issue 3, p. 911-921.
Hatem Odah, Ahmed Ismail, Ibrahim Elhemaly, Abbas Mohamed and Fathy Shaaban, 2011: Archaeological exploration using magnetic and GPR methods at the first court of Hatshepsut Temple in Luxor, Egypt: Arabian Journal of Geosciences, Volume 4, p. 18-25.
Ahmed Ismail and Jason Thomason 2010: Effect of the overlying sedimentary sequence on the seismic imaging of the bedrock surfaces: McHenry County, Illinois. 80th SEG Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, USA, Expanded Abstracts 29-1877.
Thanop Thitimakorn, Ahmed Ismail, Neil Anderson, and David Hoffman, 2009: Mapping a NEHRP Site Class Using Multi-channel Analysis of Surface Waves (MASW) Method in Southeast Missouri, USA. Bulletin of Earth Sciences of Thailand (BEST), Vol.2, No.1, p.31-39.
Ahmed Ismail and Neil Anderson, 2007: Near Surface Characterization of a Geotechnical Site North East Missouri using Shear Wave Velocity Measurements, Near Surface Geophysics Journal, European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers, V. 6, 331-336.
Mohamed Metwaly, Ahmed Ismail and Jun Matsushima 2007: Evaluating some Factors that Affect feasibility of using Ground Penetrating Radar for Landmine Detection, Applied Geophysics, volume 4, No. 3, p. 221-230.
Neil l. Anderson, Ahmed Ismail, and Thanop Thitimakorn, 2007: Ground-Penetrating Radar: A Tool for Monitoring Bridge Scour, Environmental and Engineering Geosciences, Volume 13, p.1-10.
Neil Anderson, Thanop Thitimakorn, Ahmed Ismail, and David Hoffman, 2007: A Comparison of Four Geophysical Methods for Determining the Shear Wave Velocity of Soils, Environmental and Engineering Geoscience, Volume 13, p.11-23.
Thanop Thitimakorn, Neil Anderson, David Hoffman and Ahmed Ismail, 2006: A Comparative Analysis of 2-D MASW Shear Wave Velocity Profiling Technique, Electronic Journal of Geotechnical Engineering (EJGE), Volume 11-Bundle A, p.1-17.
Ahmed Ismail, Neil Anderson, and David Rogers, 2005: Hydrogeophysical investigation at Luxor-Southern Egypt. Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, Volume 10, issue 1, p.35-49. Ibrahim, E., H., El Gamili, M., M., Hassaneen, A. Gh., and Ismail, A.M., 2002: Geoelectrical Investigation Beneath Behbiet ElHagara and El Kom Elkhder Archaeological Sites, Samannud Area, Nile Delta, Egypt. Archaeological Prospecting, 9, 105-113. El Gamili, M., M., Ibrahim, E., H, Hassaneen, A. Gh and Ismail, A.M., 2001: Defunct Nile Branches Inferred from a Geoelectric Resistivity Survey on Samannud Area, Nile Delta, Egypt. Journal of Archaeological Science, 28, 1339-1348.
Papers Published in Conferences/ Symposia Proceedings
Adam Sevi, Ahmed Ismail and Richard Stephenson, 2006: A geotechnical investigation of sandstone degradation in Luxor, Egypt, the 59th Canadian Geotechnical Conference – 7th Joint CNG/CGS Groundwater Specialty conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Oct 1-4, 2006. Neil L. Anderson, Derek B. Apel, Ahmed Ismail, Oleg Kovin and Vanja Dezelic 2006: Differentiating Rooms and Pillars on Reflection Seismic Profiles: A Seismic Investigation of Two Abandoned Coal Mines, P 58-70, Highway Geophysics – NDE Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, December 4-7, 2006. Ahmed Ismail and Steve Sargent 2006: Imaging glacial sediments and underlying bedrock in Illinois using surface wave data acquired by a land streamer, P 286-299, Highway Geophysics – NDE Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, December 4-7, 2006. Neil L. Anderson, Derek B. Apel, Vanja Dezelic, Ahmed Ismail and Oleg Kovin, ¬2006 : Assessment of karst activity at highway construction sites in Greene and Jefferson counties, Missouri, using the electrical resistivity method, P 497-513, Geophysics – NDE Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, December 4-7, 2006. Kim, W., Ismail, A.M., Anderson, N.L., Atekwana, E.A. and Buccellato, A., 2003, Non-destructive testing (NDT) for corrosion in bridge decks using ground penetrating radar (GPR), In Geophysics 2003, The 3rd international conference on the application of geophysical methodologies and NDT to transportation facilities and infrastructure, Dec. 8-12 2003, Orlando Florida, USA. Kim, W., Ahmed Ismail, Neil L. Anderson and Estella A. Atekwana, 2003: Mapping Variations in the Relative Spatial Locations of Embedded Dowel Bars Using GPR, The 3rd international conference on the application of geophysical methodologies and NDT to transportation facilities and infrastructure, Dec. 8-12 2003, Orlando Florida, USA. Abdel Aal, G.Z, Ismail, A.M., Anderson, N.L. and Atekwana, E.A., 2003, Geophysical investigation of seepage from an earth fill dam, Washington County, MO. In Geophysics 2003, the 3rd international conference on the application of geophysical methodologies and NDT to transportation facilities and infrastructure, Dec. 8-12 2003, Orlando Florida, USA. Kim, W., Ismail, A.M., Anderson, N.L. and Atekwana, E.A., 2003, Mapping variations in the relative spatial locations of embedded dowel bars using GPR, In Geophysics 2003, The third international conference on the application of geophysical methodologies and NDT to transportation facilities and infrastructure, Dec. 8-12 2003, Orlando Florida, USA. Anderson, N. L., and Ismail, A.M., 2002: A protocol for selecting appropriate geophysical surveying tools based on engineering objectives and site characteristics. The 2nd annual conference on the application of geophysical and NDT methodologies to transportation facilities and infrastructure, California, USA. Ahmed Ismail, 2003: Geophysical, Hydrological, and Archaeological Investigation in the East Bank Area of Luxor–Southern Egypt, PhD thesis, University of Missouri-Rolla, Rolla-Mo, USA.
Larson, T.E., A. Ismail, J.F. Thomason, and D.A. Keefer. 2011. Combining seismic reflection and resistivity profiling to improve the interpretation of a buried valley aquifer in northeast Illinois: Abstracts with Programs, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, October 9-12, 2011, vol. 43. Atkinson, L.A., M.A. Ross, A. Stumpf, and A. Ismail. 2011. Sedimentology and 3-D architecture of subsurface facies of the Illinoian deglaciation in east-central Illinois, united States; Abstracts with Programs, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, October 9-12, 2011, vol. 43. Keefer, D.A., J.F. Thomason, T. Larson, A. Ismail, and J.A. Lau. 2011. Three-dimensional geologic mapping and hydrogeologic investigations to support groundwater management in McHenry County, Illinois: Abstracts with Programs, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, October 9-12, 2011, vol. 43. Ahmed Ismail, Andrew Stumpf and William Dey, 2009: Seismic Characterization of Glacial Sediments in Central Illinois Based on Downhole Seismic Measurements. Portland GSA Annual Meeting (18-21 October 2009). Ahmed Ismail, Neil Anderson, and Estella Atekwana, 2003: Hydro-geophysical investigation at Luxor-Southern Egypt (Abstract). American geological union (AGU) 2003 fall meeting, San Francisco. Evgeniy Torgashov, Neil Anderson, Ahmed Ismail, 2012: Electrical Resistivity Tomography Investigations: Abstract, Proceedings of SAGEEP 25, March 25 –29, 2012, Tucson, Arizona, CD-ROM edition. Mahmoud Mekkawi, Ahmed Saleh and Ahmed Ismail, 2012: Determining the Basaltic Flow Direction at El Minya Area in Egypt Using Magnetic and Anisotropy of Magnetic Susceptibility Measurements: Extended Abstract, Proceedings of SAGEEP 25, March 25 –29, 2012, Tucson, Arizona, CD-ROM edition. Evgeniy Torgashov, Neil Anderson, Mengxing Li and Ahmed Ismail, 2012: Imaging in Karst Terrain Using Electrical Resistivity Tomography and Surface Wave Methods: Abstract, Proceedings of SAGEEP 25, March 25 –29, 2012, Tucson, Arizona, CD-ROM edition. Mengxing Li, Adel Elkrry, Evgeniy Torgashov and Ahmed Ismail, 2012: The Effects of Varying Acquisition Parameters and Array Orientations: An MASW Case Study: Abstract, Proceedings of SAGEEP 25, March 25 –29, 2012, Tucson, Arizona, CD-ROM edition.
2013 Co-PI: A helicopter-borne time-domain electromagnetic (HTEM) pilot study of the Mahomet-Teays Aquifer, east-central Illinois, U.S. Geological Survey, $260,000, unfunded. 2012 Co-PI: utility of non-invasive technologies identified as applicable to MoDOT roadways, funded, $37,909. 2010 Co-PI: Paleo-seismic Investigation of the Meadow Bank Lineament in the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone: Collaborative research between the University of Illinois and the University of Kentucky, National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), funded, $6,000. PI: High Resolution P‐and S‐wave Seismic o Image Subsurface conditions at a Site in Calhoun County in Illinois, Illinois Mine Subsidence Insurance Fund (IMSIF), funded, $15,000., PI: Utility of Using the Shear Wave Seismic Reflection Method for Mapping Shallow Bedrock Surfaces in La Grange Village, IL. The Heuer and Associates Consulting Engineers, Westchester IL, $9,612, unfunded. Co-PI: Influence of Groundwater Seepage on Aquatic Invasive Species Dispersal and Colonization in Lake Michigan. Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program,$143,682, Unfunded. 2009 Co-PI: Collaborative Research: Groundwater/Surface Water Exchange in Lake Michigan Nutrient/Element Cycling, Ecological Significance and Climate Change, $399,555, National Science Foundation (NSF), Unfunded. Co-PI: Wabash Valley Passive Seismic Experiment”. The proposal was submitted for National Science Foundation for funding (NSF), $350,000, unfunded. 2007 Co-PI: Assessment of a geophysical coal exploration method in a faulted terrain. Illinois Clean Coal institute (ICCI), funded, $ 99,558. Affiliations President of African Student Association, University of Missouri-Rolla, 2002 President of Society of Exploration Geophysics Chapter, University of Missouri-Rolla. Member, Society of exploration Geophysics (SEG) Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Member, Central Great Lakes Geologic Mapping Coalition Member, Society of Exploration Geophysics of Egypt (SEGE)