Kristi Rasmusson Fink – CV and Achievements

-Below, and attached, is Kristi Rasmusson Fink’s 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.


Twin Cities’ Public Television                                                                 USA

Feb 2019 – Present

“Ready To Learn” Trainer for TPT.  Certified to train new educators and partners, across the USA, how to implement new, proprietary “Hero Elementary” programming – an innovative digital K – 2nd curriculum which aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards and Core Curriculum literacy guidelines.

Texas Educational Seismic Project                                                                                                            Houston, TX

2014- Present

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 and hosts major school-wide STEM events, promotes citizen science in our communities and contributes to Educational and Seismological Journals and Conferences.

Hess Corporation                                                                                           Houston, TX

2012-2015, Geological Operations Advisor

Responsible for all geological operations planning and execution for the Tubular Bells’ Development, Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, ownership of procurement and responsibility of rig geological services; Member of the Pore Pressure Team of Excellence.


ExxonMobil Corporation                                                                          Houston, TX

2003-2012, Exploration Geophysicist

Worked in all business settings including Exploration, Development, and Production Companies.  Project coordination over conventional assets on land and deep offshore.  Major technical contribution was subsurface pressure predictions and real-time operations surveillance.


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


Hess:                                                                                                             Houston, TX

Awarded Best Teaching Mentor, 2012-2015 in the Foundation Course Instruction for new geoscientists; taught mudlogging, Pore Pressure Detection and Geological Operations Best Practices

ExxonMobil:                                                                                                Houston, TX

Professional Operations Geology Internal Instruction, 2005-2012

Across disciplines lecturer in Geologic Operations and Formation Evaluation School, Geophysics 3D Visualization Interpretation, formal mentoring in the ExxonMobil Geoscience New Hire Program, “A Geologist’s Role in Well Planning” in the Engineering Division


Boston College:                                                                                           Chestnut Hill, MA

Department of Geology and Geophysics Teaching Assistant, 2001-2003

Head Teaching Assistant, Fall 2001

Designed, taught new laboratory instruction for Introduction to Geology/Geophysics, Geoscience and Public Policy, and Weather/Climate and the Environment courses; administered and evaluated student examinations.


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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