The trust is an active memorial to the work of Gerald W. (Jerry) Hohmann as a scientist and educator. Jerry was an international leader in the theory and application of electrical and electromagnetic methods for the exploration of the earth's crust. His work helped establish the modern field of applied electrical geophysics. Jerry was also an outstanding teacher. As Professor of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Utah, he trained the next generation of geophysicists, who are now applying electrical and electromagnetic methods in mineral, hydrocarbon, and geothermal exploration; in groundwater, geotechnical, and environmental studies; and in regional geophysics. Jerry died from cancer on May 23, 1992 at the age of 51.
Established in November 1992, the Trust raises funds through personal donations and special events that are reinvested into education and training in electrical and electromagnetic geophysics. The Trust supports dedicated projects:
1) GWH undergraduate and graduate scholarships established through a matching fund program with the Society of Exploration Geophysics (SEG) Foundation
2) Career Achievement Award established in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession in the manner of Jerry Hohmann
3) International Symposium in Three-Dimensional Electromagnetics (3DEM)