• Distinguished Professor, Geology & Geophysics
  • Director of the Consortium for Electromagnetic Modeling and Inversion (CEMI), Geology & Geophysics


  • Doctor of Sciences, Physics and Mathematics, Moscow State University

Research Summary

Theoretical and Applied Geophysics Electromagnetic Methods


Michael S. Zhdanov joined the University of Utah as a full professor in 1993 and has been director of CEMI since 1995. He received a Ph.D. from Moscow State University.  Before moving to the University of  Utah, he spent almost twenty years as a  professor at the  Moscow   Academy of  Oil and  Gas,  as head of the  Department of  Deep Electromagnetic Study,  as deputy director of  IZMIRAN,  and later as director of the  Geoelectromagnetic Research Institute,  Russian  Academy of  Sciences,  Moscow,  Russia.  In 1990  he was awarded an  Honorary  Diploma of  Gauss Professorship by the Gottingen  Academy of Sciences,  Germany,  and in 1991 he was elected a full member of the Russian Academy of Natural  Sciences. He became Honorary Professor of the China  National  Center of Geological  Exploration Technology in 1997 and a Fellow of the Electromagnetics Academy,  USA, in 2002. He received the University of Utah Distinguished Scholarly & Creative Research Award in 2009. In 2013 Dr. Zhdanov received the Honorary Membership Award of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). Dr. Zhdanov was elected to the position of Distinguished Professor of the University of Utah in 2016.