Mark Solien

Exxon Mobil Mark Solien
BS 1970
MS 1976
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From my course work in sedimentology, I learned to read the rocks from some of the finest professors in geology. To this day, I am grateful for the outstanding learning experience they enabled.

I graduated from UW-Madison with a BS degree in 1970 and, after a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy, a Master’s in Geology, in 1976.  My thesis research was on the biostratigraphy of the Triassic Thaynes Formation in Utah.

I joined Exxon in 1976 with an initial assignment in exploration, working the offshore California geology from Houston, Texas. Following a variety of supervisory and managerial positions along the Gulf Coast, I was fortunate to move to the United Kingdom as the Exploration Manager. The North Sea geology and the international staff provided another great learning experience. Upon my return to Houston, I became involved in the technology part of the geoscience business at the time when the capability of visualizing seismic data in three dimensions was really starting to take off. I concluded my 30-year career as the Vice President of ExxonMobil’s  Technical Organization, where I looked after the geoscience technology and the geoscientists around the world that applied it.

My wife and I, together with our two golden retrievers, moved to Hawaii following my retirement in 2006. So now I’m learning about the geology of the Hawaiian volcanoes.