Kristi Rasmusson Fink – CV and Achievements

Kristi Rasmusson Fink

SUMMARY of QUALIFICATIONS:  Organized, structured individual.  Strengths include high-level of adaptability, educational outreach, holistic analysis and application of the Scientific Method within inquiry-based learning.  These strengths compliment talents in teaching, integrated project management and interpersonal communication.


Texas Educational Seismic Project Houston, TX
2014- Present, Geophysicist and Executive Director
Founder and Executive Director of an educational 501-c3 Non-Profit Public Charity. Brings Earth Sciences to the forefront of STEM programs in grades K-12 while emphasizing science-based inquiry learning methods through Seismology. Coordinates, hosts and teaches at school-wide STEM Fairs, Authored 60+ grant proposals, fundraising, promotes citizen science participation at large-scale Houston-community STEM events, contributes to AGU’s Local Public Policy Leaders program, contributor to Educational and Seismological Journals and Technical Conferences.

Hess Corporation Houston, TX
2012-2015, Geological Operations Advisor
Responsible for all geological operations for planning a new drill well, create and managing project timelines, regulatory compliance, contractor budgets, facilitate and lead weekly drill well project meeting for the Tubular Bells’ $2B Deepwater Project. Advisor for Well Planning for all Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Assets. Technical work included co-authoring drilling protocols, ownership of procurement of geological and technical services, direct oversight of rig geological services execution, contractor audits, preparation and delivery of management and Partner reviews; Member of the Pore Pressure Team of Excellence

ExxonMobil Corporation Houston, TX
2003-2012, Exploration Geophysicist, Operations Geologist
Project Coordination (manage timelines, facilitate project team meetings, procurement of services, mentoring of junior staff) of all Geological Operations for new drill wells in the $3B development of the Kashagan Field (Kazakhstan), US conventional assets (land), and $100M offshore Gulf of Mexico fields. Major technical contributions: Project Coordination for Mobile Bay Production activities – preparation of Environmental Reports and Presentations, Drilling Hazards and Mitigation Strategies, subsurface pressure predictions, drilling and data management protocols, stewardship of risked probability decision charts to make real-time decisions, and real-time while-drilling operations surveillance..


Hess: Houston, TX
Awarded Best Teaching Mentor, 2012-2015 in the Foundation Course Instruction for new geoscientists; authored new instruction materials and led instruction for mudlogging activities, Pore Pressure Detection Analysis and Geological Operations Best Practices – audience was new geoscientists and petroleum engineers.

ExxonMobil: Houston, TX
Professional Operations Geology Internal Instruction, 2005-2012
Cross-disciplinary lecturer in the Geologic Operations and Formation Evaluation School, Geophysical 3D Visualization Interpretation Workshops, formal mentoring in the ExxonMobil Geoscience New Hire Program, author of new instruction “A Geologist’s Role in Well Planning” for delivery in the Engineering Division

Boston College: Chestnut Hill, MA
Department of Geology and Geophysics Teaching Assistant, 2001-2003
Appointed Head Teaching Assistant, Fall 2001
Designed, taught new laboratory instruction for undergraduate courses: “Introduction to Geology & Geophysics”, “Geoscience and Public Policy”, and “Weather & Climate Environment”; administered and evaluated student examinations; provided geology and mathematics tutoring and collegiate mentorship for all students


Texas Girls Collaborative Project (Feb 2019-Present) Advocate, Houston Regional Team – The Texas Girls Collaborative Project connects non-profits, K-12 schools, higher education institutions, companies, organizations and individuals across the state of Texas committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Led by the Women in Engineering Program (WEP) at The University of Texas at Austin, TxGCP provides forums, curriculum, best practices and resources to foster collaborations, build capacity of participating organizations, and create a state-wide network of informed and connected informal and formal STEM educators and advocates

Texas Educational Seismic Project (2014-Present) – Founded and current Director of an educational 501-c3 Non-Profit Public Charity which emphasizes science-based inquiry learning methods thru Seismology and connects it to Public Policies.  Recent events – please see  Historical work includes American Geophysical Union National Conference, Energy Day Houston, State of TX STEM Fair, Girl Scout of San Jacinto, Public Schools’ STEM Fairs, Texas Girls’ Collaborative [STEM] Project UT Austin, girlstart STEM Days, Career Days (via skype) with rural counties.

ExxonMobil Science Ambassador (2004-2012), National Bring Your Child to Work Program, Expanding Your Horizons’ Math & Science Initiative for Girls


A.L. Kafka (Weston Observatory, Boston College), J.J. Pulli (Raytheon BBN Technologies), K.R. Fink (Texas Educational Seismic Project), C. Stapels (MathWorks), K. Cannon (Weston Observatory, Boston College), D. McCasland (Blue Hill Observatory and Science Center), K. McLaughlin (Leidos Dynetics-LInC), R. Block (Snow Star Farm), S.R. McNutt (University of South Florida), J.N. Kafka (, and M.J. Sharkey (Boston College), “That’s the Way the Raspberry Shakes: 2022 Update on the Intriguing Variety of Things We Record with Shakes and Booms”, Eastern Section of Seismological Society of America, Tampa, Florida, 23-25, October, 2022. (Abstract submitted).

Alan L. Kafka (Weston Observatory, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Boston College), Jay J. Pulli (Raytheon BBN Technologies), Kristi R. Fink (Texas Educational Seismic Project), Christopher Stapels (MathWorks), Kasey Cannon (Weston Observatory, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Boston College), Donald McCasland (Blue Hill Observatory and Science Center), Keith L. McLaughlin (Leidos Dynetics-LInC), Stephen R. McNutt (University of South Florida), Jacob N. Kafka (, Richard Block (Snow Star Farm), and Megan J. Sharkey (Boston College), (2022). “RASPBERRY SHAKES AND BOOMS RECORD THE DARNDEST THINGS – RESEARCH SEISMOLOGISTS, EDUCATORS, AND COMMUNITY SCIENTISTS COLLABORATE TO MONITOR AN INTRIGUING VARIETY OF EARTH-QUAKING EVENTS “, Internet Blog,

Kafka, A.L., Fink, K. R. (2019). “Raspberry Shake, EQ1, & Research-Grade Seismographs: Pros and Cons of Different Types of Seismographs for Education, Citizen Science, & Earthquake Monitoring in New England and Texas”, Eastern Section of Seismological Society of America, Columbus, Ohio, 3-5, November, 2019. (Abstract and Poster Presentation).

Fink, K. R., Kafla, A.L. (2019). “Cultivating Citizen Scientists with Seismic Monitoring in Texas and New England Using an Affordable Seismograph”, National Annual Meeting, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, San Antonio, TX, 15-20, September, 2019. (Abstract and Poster Presentation).

Fink, K. R., Kafka, A.L., A.M. Moulis, and Marilyn Bibeau (2018). “TX-ESP and BC-ESP: A Collaborative Educational Seismology Project in Texas and New England”, National Annual Meeting, American Geophysical Union, Washington D.C., 10-14 December, 2018. (Abstract and Poster Presentation).

Fink, K.R. “Exploring the Earth With Seismology.” The Science Teacher, Volume 84, Number 9, December 2017.

Kafka, A.L., A.M. Moulis, K.R. Fink, and H.E. Chambless (2016). “Can You Show Us the Richter Scale?”: The Challenge of Teaching About Magnitude With Educational Seismographs, Eastern Section Meeting, Seismological Society of America, Reston, VA, 23–26 October 23-26, 2016. (Abstract and Poster Presentation).

Alberty, M. and K. Fink, “Using Connection and Total Gases Quantitatively in the Assessment of Shale Pore Pressure.” Society of Petroleum Engineers, SPE 166188, October 2013.

Professional Presentation at American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention, 2010.

Rasmusson, K. N.  “Probabilistic Analysis of Social and Economic Losses Due to Large Earthquakes in New England.” Master’s Thesis, Weston Observatory, Boston College, 2003.

Kafka and Rasmusson,  “Using the AS-1 Seismograph for Laboratory Exercises in an Introductory Geophysics Course: Turning Seismic Moments into Teaching Moments.”  Seismological Research Letters, Vol. 74, No. 5, October 2003.

Oral Presentation at Eastern Section Seismological Society of America, Annual Conference (Seismological Research Letters), 2002.


Texas Tech University,  Lubbock, TX

May 2000, Magna Cum Laude

Bachelor of Science, Geophysics and Mathematics

Boston College,   Chestnut Hill,  MA

January 2003, Master of Science, Geophysics

Academic Honors

Barry Goldwater Congressional Scholarship Nominee for Texas Tech University (1999), President’s List (TTU), Dean’s List (TTU), National Dean’s List, Golden Key National Honour Society, Sigma Gamma Epsilon (National Geoscience Honour Society), Mu Alpha Theta (National Math Honour Society)

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