Qifan started his undergraduate program at Tongji University, Shanghai and graduated from Texas A&M University in 2015, where he earned a Bachelor of Science with Honors in geophysics and a minor in mathematics. At Texas A&M, Qifan studied seismic anisotropy in multicomponent microseismic data and conducted research on fractured reservoir characterization by shear-wave splitting phenomena. Qifan joined CWP in summer 2015 to work with his advisor, Prof. Ilya Tsvankin.
Apart from geophysics, Qifan enjoys playing tennis, soccer and reading narrative nonfictions on cultures and food.
Qifan's research interests are Born modeling and least squares migration in anisotropic media. Qifan is currently working on the extended forward Born modeling in elastic media. He will introduce anisotropy parameters into the model in the future and study the approximate inverse Born modeling as a migration tool. The inverse operator is expected to position the reflector with true amplitude and improve the accuracy of each migration/demigration cycle in the least squares migration.