EAPS is pleased to announce Camilla Cattania and William Frank will join the department as Assistant Professors in July 2020
CAMILLA CATTANIA is a seismologist with experience in numerical modeling, earthquake physics, and statistical seismology. She has developed new models of aftershock triggering based on static stress changes and studied swarms driven by magmatic intrusions and dynamic triggering. A separate but complementary aspect of her research consists of analytical and numerical modeling of slip on a single fault. Cattania has applied ideas from fracture mechanics to investigate the interaction between seismic and aseismic slip on isolated asperities, a topic she is now exploring in a wider range of tectonic settings and including additional physical processes. Her research concerns tectonic earthquakes but is also pertinent to so-called micro-seismicity induced by human action, such as hydrocarbon extraction, waste water injection, subsurface geological carbon sequestration, and geothermal energy production.
Cattania's theoretical and computational studies of earthquakes complement current research in seismology, geomechanics, and rock physics at EAPS and MIT's Civil and Environmental Engineering, via the Earth Resources Laboratory.
Cattania received her bachelor's and master's degrees in experimental and theoretical physics from the University of Cambridge. She earned a PhD in geophysics from the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences/University of Potsdam, where she was a guest scientist. She later joined the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as a guest investigator, before becoming a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University and GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences/University of Potsdam. Cattania is now a postdoctoral scholär at Stanford University.
WILLIAM FRANK specializes in geophysics. His research examines physical mechanisms that control deformation within the Earth's crust. Understanding the continuum of rupture modes and fault instability within the Earth—from shallow stick-slip earthquakes to deep slow transients, to still deeper steady creep—is key to improving estimates of earthquake hazard and our comprehension of the destructive earthquake cycle. His multidisciplinary approach combines seismological techniques with geodetic observations to yield knowledge about the evolution of faulting processes in time and space and how the solid Earth responds to tectonic, volcanic, and anthropogenic forcings. Frank's observational work on earthquakes and crustal deformation complements current research within the department on seismology, geodesy, geomechanics, and rock physics, and will pair with the more theoretical and numerical approach of incoming Assistant Professor Camilla Cattania.
Frank received his bachelor's degree in Earth Systems Science from the University of Michigan. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees in Geophysics from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, and stayed on as a postdoc after obtaining his PhD. After this, Frank joined MIT as an NSF postdoctoral fellow in the research group of German Prieto, followed by his current position as an assistant professor of Earth sciences at the University of Southern California.
The School of Science recently announced that 14 faculty members have been appointed to named professorships—including three from EAPS. The faculty selected for these positions receive additional support to pursue their research and develop their careers.
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