New Faculty Member: William Frank

Monday, August 19, 2019

EAPS is pleased to announce that William Frank will join the department as an Assistant Professor in July 2020.

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, who will begin at the same time.

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.

Search Committee: Ben Weiss (Chair), Wiki Royden, Brad Hager, Tim Grove, Oli Jagoutz, and Brent Minchew