Income from these gifts is used for the general support of the Geophysics discipline within the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Expenditures may include, but are not limited to, scholarships, student support, faculty support, research, and the acquisition of equipment and will be determined by a committee of Geophysics faculty selected by the chair of the department in accordance with guidelines and procedures established by the College, Indiana University, and the Foundation.
Rudman-Pavlis Geophysics Fund
Biography: Al Rudman, 1928-2013
Al Rudman was born in New York on November 14, 1928, the son of Hungarian immigrant parents Sandor and Rose Rudnyanszky. He grew up in Chicago, graduating from St. Philip High School in 1945. At age 16, he enrolled in Indiana University, majoring in journalism. After one year he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served 14 months in Italy. Al was honorably discharged in 1947, receiving the Army of Occupation and World War II Victory Medals.
He returned to Indiana University in 1948 and majored in Geological Sciences. He received his B.S. (1952) and M.S. (1954) degrees, specializing in Geophysics. After graduation he accepted a position with Carter Oil Company (now Exxon) working in oil exploration for three years in the southern states. He then returned to Bloomington and worked as a geophysicist with the Indiana Geological Survey from 1957 to 1965. While working with the Survey he received his Ph.D. degree in 1963. In 1965, he accepted a faculty position with the Indiana Department of Earth Sciences. Al was a faculty member for 33 years and was highly regarded as a teacher and researcher in the field of applied geophysics. He published over 70 papers and abstracts and directed theses of numerous graduate students.
Biography: Gary Pavlis
Gary Pavlis earned his B.S. in Engineering Physics from South Dakota State University in 1975, and his Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Washington in 1982.
His area of specialization is seismology, which is a branch of geophysics. His research can be described as a mix of experimental, theoretical, and computational work directed at addressing earth science problems. He has extensive experience with deployments of modern passive seismic array instruments, having been involved in a continuous series of field projects running from the late 1980s to the present.
He writes, “The current example is the OIINK project. I am, however, still actively involved in the St Elias Erosion and Tectonics Project (STEEP). This large, collaborative group is currently involved in consolidation of diverse results from that project. I plan to continue work in that area as the USArray is planned to be deployed in Alaska in the next 5 years. My computational work has been largely devoted to data processing challenges posed by modern passive seismic arrays.”