Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

  • Research Professor Emeritus, Geology & Geophysics



  • B.S., Geology, summa cum laude, Boston College
  • M.S., Geology, California Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D., Geology and Geophysics, California Institute of Technology. Project: Geological and Geophysical Studies of the Atacama Fault Zone in Northern Chile

Honors & Awards

  • 2015 Frank Press Public Service Award (for extraordinary public service in modernizing, expanding, and promoting seismic monitoring for public safety in the United States). Seismological Society of America, 04/20/2016
  • Alfred E. Alquist Special Recognition Medal (for contributions to advancing seismic safety in the United States and in the state of Utah, and for bridging the fields of education, seismology and public policy). Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, 04/2015
  • Lifetime Achievement Award in Earthquake Risk Reduction. Western States Seismic Policy Council, 04/2008
  • John Wesley Powell Award (for significant contributions in advancing national earthquake monitoring and earthquake safety). U.S. Geological Survey, 03/2007
  • Alumni Award of Excellence for Science. Boston College, 10/2006
  • Outstanding Service Award. Utah Seismic Safety Commission, 07/2001
  • Governor's Medal for Science and Technology. State of Utah, 05/1996
  • Distinguished Faculty Research Award. University of Utah Dept of Geology & Geophysics, 06/1988
  • Three-year Postdoctoral Fellowship. New Zealand National Research Advisory Council, 10/1970
  • Hamilton Award (for academic achievement in science). Boston College, 06/1964
  • Scholar of the College and Order of the Cross and Crown (for exceptional academic achievement). Boston College, 09/1963


See Curriculum Vitae


  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), Associate Member, 01/1990 - present
  • Utah Geological Association (UGA), Member, 01/1984 - present
  • Seismological Society of America (SSA), Member, 01/1974 - present
  • Geological Society of America (GSA), Senior Member, 01/1970 - present
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU), Member, 01/1969 - present

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • United States of America