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Jack Baker , Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering (probabilistic risk assessment)

Dr. Jack W. Baker is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He joined Stanford from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), where he was a visiting researcher in the Department of Structural Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from Stanford University in 2005, where he also earned M.S. degrees in Statistics and Structural Engineering. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics/Physics from Whitman College.
Dr. Baker has research and industry experience in seismic hazard assessment, probabilistic risk assessments of buildings and energy-related facilities, and modeling of earthquake losses for insurance and reinsurance companies. He is an Associate Editor for the journals Earthquake Spectra and the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. His awards include the Shah Family Innovation Prize from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.

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Claudia Baroni , Research Administrator

Department of Geophysics

Research administrator for the Stanford Wave Physics Lab , the Quake-Catcher Network, Stanford Rock Physics Laboratory - SRPL and Stress and Crustal Mechanics Group.

Program administrator for the Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity (SCITS).

Greg Beroza

Greg Beroza , Wayne Loel Professor; Department Chair

Department of Geophysics

Dr. Gregory C. Beroza is the Wayne Loel Professor of Earth Sciences at Stanford University, and has been the Chair of the Geophysics Department since 2008. He holds a BS degree from the UC, Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. degree from MIT. He has been Deputy Director, in charge of science planning, for the Southern California Earthquake Center since 2007. His research focus is on earthquake seismology. Of particular relevance to induced and triggered earthquakes are his work on high precision earthquake location, earthquake detection, and earthquake ground motion prediction. Dr. Beroza is a Fellow of the AGU, serves on the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science, is President-Elect of the Seismology Section of the AGU, and is the 2012 Distinguished Lecturer for IRIS/SSA.

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Eric Dunham

Eric Dunham , Assistant Professor

Dr. Eric M. Dunham is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geophysics at Stanford University. He is also an affiliated faculty member of Stanford’s Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering. He received his PhD in physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on earthquake source physics and strong ground motion, primarily through computational models of the earthquake rupture process. Other efforts involve simulation of seismic waves excited by volcanic eruptions, as well as tsunamis and hydroacoustic waves excited by subduction zone earthquakes. Dr. Dunham is a 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Fellow in physics and is co-leader of the computational science disciplinary group for the Southern California Earthquake Center.

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Steven Gorelick

Steven Gorelick , Cyrus F. Tolman Professor

Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences

Steven Gorelick is a professor in the Dept. of Environmental Earth System Science and Woods Institute Senior Fellow runs the Hydrogeology and Water Resources program as well as the Global Freshwater Initiative at Stanford. Gorelick works on a variety of problems related to flow and solute transport through porous media and has an interest in global petroleum supply and demand. He is an AGU and GSA Fellow, received Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships, and is a National Academy of Engineering member.

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Roland Horne

Roland Horne , Thomas Davies Barrow Professor

Dr. Roland N. Horne is the Thomas Davies Barrow Professor of Earth Sciences at Stanford University, and was the Chairman of Petroleum Engineering from 1995 to 2006. He holds BE, PhD and DSc degrees from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, all in Engineering Science. He heads two research programs at Stanford, one on reservoir monitoring and testing, and the other on geothermal reservoir engineering. The recent focus of his research has been on the analysis and characterization of fractures and fractured media, and on the optimization of production.
Dr. Horne has been a Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and has been awarded the SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty, the Lester C. Uren Award, and the John Franklin Carl Award.
Horne is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and is also an SPE Honorary Member.
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Paul Segall

Paul Segall , Professor

Department of Geophysics

Dr. Paul Segall is Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University. He holds BA and MS degrees from Case Western Reserve University and a PhD in Geology from Stanford University. He studies active earthquake and volcanic process through data collection, inversion, and mechanical modeling. He uses Global Positioning System (GPS) and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) measurements to develop and test models of active plate boundaries, earthquake nucleation, and the physics of magma migration leading to volcanic eruptions. He has developed theoretical models of induced seismicity due to production and geothermal activities, as well as earthquakes triggered by propagation of fluid filled fractures.
Prof. Segall is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America, and was awarded the James B. Macelwane Medal of the American Geophysical Union. He has served on the California Earthquake Potential Evaluation Committee, the U.S.G.S., Science of Earthquakes Advisory Committee, and as President of the Tectonophysics Section of the AGU.

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Jenny Suckale , Assistant Professor

Department of Geophysics

Dr. Jenny Suckale is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geophysics at Stanford University. She is also an affiliated faculty member of Stanford’s Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering. She received her PhD in geophysics from MIT and also holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. The goal of her research is to advance our basic understanding and predictive capabilities of complex multi-phase flow problems in Earth science. She pursues this goal by developing original computational methods customized for the geophysical system at hand. Prior to joining graduate school, Dr. Suckale worked as a scientific consultant for different international organizations aiming to reduce the impact of natural and environmental disasters in vulnerable communities. She has published on induced seismicity and seismic hazard.

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Howard Zebker

Howard Zebker , Professor

My students and I study the surfaces of Earth and planets using radar remote sensing methods. Our specialization is interferometric radar, or InSAR. InSAR is a technique to measure mm-scale surface deformation at fine resolution over wide areas, and much of our work follows from applying this technique to the study of earthquakes, volcanoes, and human-induced subsidence. We also address global environmental problems by tracking the movement of ice in the polar regions. whose ice mass balance affects sea level rise and global climate. We participate in NASA space missions such as Cassini, in which we now are examining the largest moon of Saturn, Titan, to try and deduce its composition and evolution. Our work includes experimental observation and modeling the measurements to best understand processes affecting the Earth and solar system. We use data acquired by spaceborne satellites and by large, ground-based radar telescopes to support our research.

I teach courses related to remote sensing methods and applications,and how these methods can be used to study the world around us. At the undergraduate level, these include introductory remote sensing uses of the full electromagnetic spectrum to characterize Earth and planetary surfaces and atmospheres, and methods of digital image processing. I also teach a freshman and sophomore seminar course on natural hazards.
At the graduate level, the courses are more specialized, including the math and physics of two-dimensional imaging systems, plus detailed courses on imaging radar systems for geophysical applications.

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Mark Zoback

Mark Zoback , Benjamin M. Page Professor

Department of Geophysics

Dr. Mark D. Zoback is the Benjamin M. Page Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University. Dr. Zoback conducts research on in situ stress, fault mechanics, and reservoir geomechanics with an emphasis on shale gas, tight gas and tight oil production. He was one of the principal investigators of the SAFOD project in which a scientific research well was successfully drilled through the San Andreas Fault at seismogenic depth. He is the author of a textbook entitled Reservoir Geomechanics published in 2007 by Cambridge University Press. He is the author/co-author of 300 approximately technical papers and holds five patents. Dr. Zoback has received a number of awards and honors, including the 2006 Emil Wiechert Medal of the German Geophysical Society and the 2008 Walter H. Bucher Medal of the American Geophysical Union. In 2011, he was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and in 2012 elected to Honorary Membership in the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. He is the 2013 recipient of the Louis Néel Medal, European Geosciences Union and named Einstein Chair Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He recently served on the National Academy of Energy committee investigating the Deepwater Horizon accident and the Secretary of Energy’s committee on shale gas development and environmental protection. He currently serves on a Canadian Council of Academies panel investigating the same topic.

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