Roger N. Anderson

Senior Research Scientist
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Marine Geology and Geophysics
Adjunct Professor
Earth and Environmental Sciences
101 Geoscience
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
(713) 398-7430
(845) 365-8156
Fields of interest: 
Energy research, development and deployment, the smart electric grid, command and control, lean energy management, 4D earth imaging using seismology, gravity gradiometry, stress and hydraulic fracturing.

I have been at Columbia University for 35+ years, where I am a Doherty Senior Scholar at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of the Earth Institute and an adjunct Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. I also hold a joint appointment at the Center for Computational Learning Systems in the Fu School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). I am Principal Investigator of a team of 15 scientists and graduate students in Computer Sciences at Columbia who are jointly developing with Con Edison the next generation Machine Learning software for intelligent control of the smart electric grid of New York City. At Lamont, I founded the Borehole Research, Global Basins, 4D Seismic, Reservoir Simulation, Portfolio Management, and Energy Research Groups. I also teache Planet Earth, a science requirement course in the core curriculum at Columbia College. I co-founded the Alternative Energy program at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia, and have a visiting appointment at the Urban Utility Center of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

I received my Ph.D. from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego. I am the inventor of 10 Patents, and have written 3 books, & more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers. In addition to my onsite presence at Con Edison for the last 6 years, I have had technical, business, computational, and working collaborations with many companies, including Baker Hughes, Boeing, BBN, BP, Chevron, IBM Research, KBR Halliburton, Lockheed Martin, Pennzoil, Schlumberger, Siemens, Shell, United Technologies, and Western GECO. I am co-founder of two energy companies: Bell Geospace, Inc. ( and CALM Energy, Inc. (, and I was Chairman of the Board for vPatch Technologies Inc. I also cofounded 4D Technology, Inc, a software company, the assets of which were acquired by Baker Hughes.

My specialties include the Smart Grid, Optimization of Control Center Operations of Energy Companies, Real Options and Portfolio Management, 4D Reservoir Management, and Alternative Energy Research. My new book, Computer-Aided Lean Management, from PennWell is available on I have written scientific and opinion pieces for magazines such as CIO Insight, Discover, Economist, EnergyBiz, Forbes, National Geographic, Nature, New York Times, Oil and Gas Journal, Scientific American, Wall Street Journal, and Wired. I have also assisted in the design of the Wiess Energy Hall at the Houston Museum of Natural History, was technical consultant for the NBC News/Discovery Channel documentary “Anatomy of a Blackout,” and have been a frequent contributor to business radio and TV.

List of degrees from highest to lowest:
UC San Diego
Master of Science
U. Oklahoma
Bachelor of Science
U. Oklahoma
Lamont Projects: 
Referenced in the Following News Items: 
Selected Publications: 
Why is oil usually found in deserts and arctic areas?, Anderson, R. N. , Scientific American, Apr, Volume 294, Issue 4, p.104-104, (2006)

How Martingale stochastic control navigates computer-aided lean energy management, Anderson, R.; Boulanger, A. , Oil & Gas Journal, Sep 19, Volume 103, Issue 35, p.56-61, (2005)

Lean energy management-9: Boosting, support vector machines and reinforcement learning in computer-aided lean management, Anderson, R.; Boulanger, A.; Gross, P.; Long, P. M.; Waltz, D. , Oil & Gas Journal, May 9, Volume 103, Issue 18, p.41-48, (2005)

Knowledge management and computational learning for lean energy management, Anderson, R.; Boulanger, A. , Oil & Gas Journal, Nov 22, Volume 102, Issue 44, p.36-40, (2004)

Ultradeepwater suitability matrix helps estimate value of lean processes, Anderson, R.; Boulanger, A. , Oil & Gas Journal, Jun 28, Volume 102, Issue 24, p.35-39, (2004)

Lean energy management - 4 - Flexible manufacturing techniques make ultradeep water attractive to independents, Anderson, R. , Oil & Gas Journal, Aug 25, Volume 101, Issue 33, p.56-+, (2003)

Enterprise-wide systems integration needed in ultradeepwater operations, Anderson, R. N.; Boulanger, A. , Oil & Gas Journal, Nov 24, Volume 101, Issue 45, p.48-+, (2003)

How to realize LEM benefits in ultradeepwater oil and gas, Anderson, R.; Boulanger, A. , Oil & Gas Journal, Jun 30, Volume 101, Issue 25, p.36-43, (2003)

Lean energy management - 1: Lean energy management required for economic ultradeepwater development, Anderson, R. N.; Boulanger, A.; Longbottom, J.; Oligney, R. , Oil & Gas Journal, Mar 17, Volume 101, Issue 11, p.47-+, (2003)

Lean energy management - 2: Ultradeepwater development: Designing uncertainty into the enterprise, Anderson, R.; Boulanger, A. , Oil & Gas Journal, May 19, Volume 101, Issue 20, p.42-+, (2003)

Securing Wattage When It's Needed, Anderson, R. N.; Boulanger, A. , EnergyPulse, (2002)

SuperGrid, Anderson, R. N.; Locke, C. , Red Herring, (2002)

Into Deep Water, Anderson, R.N.; Vaitheeswaran, V. , The Economist, (2001)

Economics of 4D reservoir management, Anderson, R. N.; Boulanger, A.; Howell, J. I. , Journal of Petroleum Technology, Dec, Volume 52, Issue 12, p.62-63, (2000)

Quantitative tools link portfolio management with use of technology, Anderson, R. N.; Boulanger, A.; Amaefule, J.; Forrest, M.; Howell, J. I.; Nelson, H. R.; Rumann, H. A. , Oil & Gas Journal, Nov 30, Volume 96, Issue 48, p.48-+, (1998)

Managing E&P assets from a portfolio perspective, Howell, J. I.; Anderson, R. N.; Boulanger, A.; Bentz, B. , Oil & Gas Journal, Nov 30, Volume 96, Issue 48, p.54-57, (1998)

4D seismic monitoring grows as production tool, He, W.; Anderson, R. N.; Xu, L. Q.; Boulanger, A.; Meadow, B.; Neal, R. , Oil & Gas Journal, May 20, Volume 94, Issue 21, p.41-&, (1996)

Visualization technology for the oil and gas industry: Today and tomorrow, Slatt, R. M.; Thomasson, M. R.; Romig, P. R.; Pasternack, E. S.; Boulanger, A.; Anderson, R. N.; Nelson, H. R. , Aapg Bulletin-American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Apr, Volume 80, Issue 4, p.453-459, (1996)

4d Seismic Helps Track Drainage, Pressure Compartmentalization, Anderson, R. N.; Boulanger, A.; He, W.; Sun, Y. F.; Xu, L. Q.; Sibley, D.; Austin, J.; Woodhams, R.; Andre, R.; Rinehart, K. , Oil & Gas Journal, Mar 27, Volume 93, Issue 13, p.55-58, (1995)

Method Described for Using 4d Seismic to Track Reservoir Fluid Movement, Anderson, R. N.; Boulanger, A.; He, W.; Sun, Y. F.; Xu, L. Q.; Sibley, D.; Austin, J.; Woodhams, R.; Andre, R.; Rinehart, K. , Oil & Gas Journal, Apr 3, Volume 93, Issue 14, p.70-74, (1995)