Our faculty, staff and students congratulate Dr. Tomas Naprstek to having defended with great success his geophysics-themed thesis towards a PhD Mineral Deposits and Precambrian Geology from Laurentian University today!
Tomas’ thesis presented today was titled "New Methods for the Interpolation and Interpretation of Lineaments in Aeromagnetic Data". The research was supervised by Dr. Richard Smith, Professor of Geophysics and Industrial Research Chair in Exploration Geophysics.
Tomas Naprstek completed his B.Sc. in Honours Physics at the University of Waterloo in 2012, with his thesis focusing on a new analysis approach of astrophysical data. In 2014, he completed his M.Sc. degree at Laurentian University, under the supervision of Dr. Richard Smith, where his thesis investigated some of the physical relationships involved in the radio imaging method. This work resulted in a publication in the journal Geophysics in 2016 (doi: 10.1190/geo2015-0219.1). His first PhD paper, published in Geophysics in 2019 (doi: 10.1190/geo2018-0156.1), developed a new open-source aeromagnetic interpolation method that is already being used by a number of researchers worldwide. His 2nd and 3rd papers are (not published yet) focus on the application of machine learning to aeromagnetic data interpolation and interpretation.
Since 2016, Tomas has worked as a research scientist at the Flight Research Lab in the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa. His work primarily focuses on researching new processing and analysis techniques for airborne remote sensing applications, such as the geolocation of wildfire data and aeromagnetic compensation for unmanned platforms.
We wish Tomas best of success in his career as a geophysicist!
Photo: Dr. Tomas Naprstek in Glacier National Park, British Columbia