The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recently awarded the distinction of fellow to 388 scientists, including five members of the MIT faculty, among them our own Professor of Geophysics, Tom Herring. He receives the award for "leadership in the use of space-geodetic measurements to study Earth system processes and the properties of the Earth."
Herring’s research is in the applications of high precision geodetic measurement systems, primarily the Global Position System (GPS), Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), and Satellite Laser Altimetry. These applications include deformation monitoring both globally and in selected regions around the world; studies of atmospheric water vapor; and analysis of changes in the rotation of the Earth.
Herring received his Ph.D. from EAPS in 1983. Following his doctorate, he spent almost seven years as a Research Associate at Harvard University. He returned to EAPS and MIT in 1989 where he has been a Professor of Geophysics since 1997.
AAAS fellows are recognized by their peers for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.
New fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue pin (representing science and engineering, respectively) on Feb. 15, 2014, at the AAASannual meeting in Chicago. They will also be formally announced in the AAAS “News & Notes” section of the journal Science on Nov. 29.