Huajian Yao
PhD (MIT, 2009),  GJI editor

Professor of Geophysics

School of Earth and Space Sciences

University of Science and Technology of China
96 Jinzhai Road, Hefei, Anhui Province, P.R. China 230026, +86-551-63607201

Research ID or Google Scholar

Personal Information

Born in 1979 in Anhui, China, citizen of China.
Research Interests
General Interests:
Seismology, geophysics and geodynamics, tectonophysics, geophysical inverse problems
Current Research Topics:

•(1) Surface wave tomography for lithospheric structure, anisotropy, and deformation
•(2) Seismic interferometry and ambient noise tomography

•(3) Earthquake seismology, source rupture imaging 
•(4) Seismic array methods, compressive sensing, inverse methods
•(5) Seismicity, tectonics, and evolution of the Tibetan Plateau, SW China, SE Asia, North China craton
•(6) Oceanic lithospheric structure using OBS data
•(7) Joint inversion of multi-seismological or geophysical data: Methodology & Applications

2004/092009/05Massachusetts Institute of Technology PhD in geophysics

2001/092004/06University of Science and Technology of ChinaM.S. in geophysics 

1996/092001/06University of Science and Technology of ChinaB.S. in geophysics 

2019/07-present,Associate dean, Graduate School, University of Science and Technology of China

2014/092019/06,Associate dean, School of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China

2012/07presentprofessor, School of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China

2010/082012/07Green Scholar (postdoc), IGPP, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD

2009/062010/07postdoc research associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

visiting/adjunct professorship:

2017/09presentvisiting research professor, Institute of Geophysics, China Earthquake Administration

2017-2018:  Interdisciplinary Research Practice (undergrad. course) (with a few other profs.)

2015-2018: One day mini-course in Ambient noise and surface wave tomography, including computer programs tutorial. 

2016-2018Short courses about Advances in Seismic Tomography and Advances in Ambient Noise Seismology.

2016-2018: Field course of Introduction to Earth Sciences (Freshman course; with prof. Zhi Xie, Huaiwei Ni, etc)

2015 Fall: Advancing Forum in Geosciences: Geophysical Imaging (In English; with prof. Haijiang Zhang)
2014 Spring: Frontiers in Geophysics: Structure and dynamic evolution of Tibetan Plateau (with prof. Wei Leng)
2013-now Fall: Geophysical Inversion (In English; with prof. Haijiang Zhang)
2013 Spring: Frontiers in Geophysics: Seismic Imaging (In English; with prof. Haijiang Zhang)
2013: Science and Society (undergraduate course)
2012 Fall: Advancing Forum in Geosciences: Structure and Dynamic Evolution of the Earth (Lecture in Chinese, reading and discussion in English; with prof. Haijiang Zhang)

Honors & Awards

First Prize of Science and Technology Advancement, Chinese Geophysical Society (2017, rank 6 among 15 members)

First Prize of Science and Technology Achievements for Earthquake Prevention and Disaster Mitigation, China Earthquake Administration (2016, rank 6 among 15 members)

Young Faculty Career Award, by USTC Alumni Foundation (2016)

Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing, EPSL (2015) 
Excellence in Editorial Service for "Science China Earth Sciences" (2014, 2015, 2017)
Excellence in Refereeing, AGU JGR-Solid Earth (2013)
NSF of China “Excellent Young Scholar” Funding recipient (2012)
“Thousand Young Talents” award from Chinese Government(2011)
Green Scholarship, IGPP/Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD(2010 – 2012)
Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Anhui Province, China(2004)
Graduate with Honor, University of Science and Technology of China(M.S., 2004)
Graduate with Honor, University of Science and Technology of China(B.S., 2001)
Professional Services

Editor of Geophysical Journal International (GJI) (2018-)

Member of Science and Technology Committee, China Earthquake Administration (2017-)

Editorial board member: Earth and Planetary Physics (2017-)

Electronic Seismologist Column Editor, SRL (2017-); 

Chief secretary of "The Steering Committee of Teaching in Geophysics", Ministry of Education in China (2013-2017)

Associate editor, Seismological Research Letter (SRL) (2014-2016)

Guest editor, for SRL “Lushan Earthquake” special issue (2013)

Editorial board member: Science in China – Earth Science (2014-); Earthquake Science (2014-) ; 

Organizer of "Seismological Algorithms and Programming Tutorial Class" (2015, 2016, 2017)
Session conveners and chairs for CGS, AGU, AOGS, and WPGM meetings; Judge for the outstanding student paper award, AGU Meeting
Peer reviewer for National Science Foundation of China and US
Peer reviewer for about 20 scientific journals (Science, Nature Geoscience,EPSL,JGR,GRL,GJI,G3,BSSA,Tectonophysics,Geology, Survey in Geophysics, PAGEOPH, Earthquake Sci., Chinese Sci. Bulletin, Science China, etc) and Society of Exploration Geophysics
Organizer of “Invited Geophysical Seminar, USTC” and “Graduate student seminar of geophysics, USTC”
High-school scientific seminar: Origin and evolution of the Earth; Taking CT for the Earth
Professional Societies

Chinese Geophysical Society, Seismological Society of China, American Geophysical Union, Seismological Society of America

Invited Talks

2019 Earthquake Research Center, KIGAM, Korea; Southern University of Science and Technology; Earthquake Administration of Sichuan Province, China; The Belt and Road International Workshop on Seismic Experimental Sites, CEA;  Earthquake Administration of Anhui Province, China; 

2018 University of Grenoble, France; Nanjing Univ; Peking Univ; AOGS-2018 (2); Earthquake Administration of Gansu Province (2), Earthquake Administration of Yunnan Province; Earth Science Advances Forum, CAS;  East China University of Technology;Institute of Earthquake Forecasting, CEA; The Chinese Univ of Hong Kong; Anhui Seismological Society annual meeting; Wuhan Univ (Seismogeodesy workshop).

2017 Univ of Utah, Salt Lake City;  SUSTC Marine Science Symposium; Institute of Geophysics, CEA (2); Hehai University; 1917 Huoshan Earthquake Symposium;Chinese Geoscience Union Annual Meeting (2); Workshop: Frontiers in Studies of Earthquakes and Faults; Science and Technology Frontier Symposium: Structure of Earth’s Deep Interior and Seismogenic Process of Great Earthquakes.

2016 Guilin Univ of Technology; Exploration Center of China Earthquake Administration; Institute of Earthquake Science, CEA; China Geophysical Reference Model Conference; Chinese Geoscience Union Annual Meeting (2); Zhejiang Univ;

2015 AOGS meeting (Singapore); IRIS OBS workshop; Chinese Geoscience Union Annual Meeting (2); Guangzhou Geochemistry Institute, CAS; South China Sea Oceanography Institute, CAS; Earthquake Administration of Fujian Province, China; SEG-Geophysical Compressed Sensing Workshop.
2014 Symposium on Geological Evolution of Tethys-Tibetan Plateau, Nanjiang Univ; Peking Univ; Institute of Geophysics & Institute of Crustal Dynamics, CEA; Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences; National Central Univ, Taiwan; Inst. of Earth Sciences, Academic Sinica, Taiwan; National Taiwan Univ; National Taiwan Normal Univ; EAGE-Surface wave analysis workshop; Anhui Earthquake Administration; Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, CAS.
2013 MIT; Institute of Geophysics & Institute of Earthquake Science, China Earthquake Administration; Institute of Geology and Geophysics, CAS; AGU; University of Chinese Academy of Sciences; Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics, CAS; Chinese Geophysical Society Annual Meeting.
2012 The Symposium on Sparse Representation and Compressed Sensing, USTC; San Diego State Univ (SDSU); Chinese University of Geosciences - Beijing
2011 The International Workshop on Tectonics, Oil-Gas Well Logging and Hydrate Exploration of the Tibetan Plateau; USTC; BGP Inc. China National Petroleum Corporation
2009 Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Science; USTC; Institute of Geophysics of Chinese Earthquake Administration; Peking Univ; Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2008 AGU
2007 Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Science
2006 Western Pacific Geophysical Meeting
2005 MIT; Earthquake Administration of Sichuan Province, China
Social Services

Vice-Chair, Young Scholar Union at USTC, (2014.7 -)

President of Chinese Association of Science and Technology, MIT(2007.11-2009.3)

Research Group

Associate Scientist

Hsin-Ying Yang (杨欣颖,PhD @ National Taiwan Univ)


Shaoqian Hu(胡少乾,PhD @ SLU), Song LUO (罗松, PhD @ Chinese Univ of Geoscience, Wuhan), Jikun FENG (冯吉坤, PhD @ USTC), Ying LIU (刘影,PhD@USTC) (co-advised with Haijiang Zhang)

Graduate Students

PhD Students : Yuan YANG(杨元), Jiajun XU (徐嘉隽), Bem Shadrach Terhemba, Wei LIU(刘威), Yuyang SHE(佘昱阳), Zhiqi ZAHNG(张智奇), Xuan YANG(杨旋)

MS Student:

3st year: Ting LEI(雷霆), Shuye HUANG(黄书野)

2st year: Xihui SHAO (邵锡惠), Lingci ZENG (曾令词), Chang YU (郁畅),Hanxiao WU (吴含笑, with prof. Zhiyang DAI)

1st year: Yazhou HH(胡亚洲),Mengxuan YAN (闫梦旋),Jiaqi JIN (靳佳琪)

Past Students

2019: Cheng LI(李成)(PhD),Yayun ZHANG (张亚运)(PhD),Yan YANG(杨妍) (B.S. & M.S., now at Caltech), Taizi HUANG(黄泰子)(B.S. & M.S., now at Univ of Victoria)Juanjuan WANG(王娟娟) (M.S., Software developer), Liting DOU (窦立婷) (with prof. Lihua FANG) (M.S., Earthquake Administration of Shanxi Province)

2018:Chao ZHANG (张超)(PhD, Lecturer at Hohai University),  Jikun FENG (冯吉坤)(PhD. now postdoc at USTC), Lei QIAO(乔垒)(M.S., China Merchants Bank)Yafeng MENG(孟亚锋)(M.S., Investment Company),Yao WANG(王耀)(M.S., Government officer),Xinsheng MA (马新生)(M.S. co-advisor, now at Institute of Engineering Mechanics, CEA) 

2017:  Hongjian FANG (方洪健)(PhD, co-advised with Prof. Haijiang Zhang. now postdoc at MIT), Weize QIN(秦维泽)(PhD, now at Huawei)Muhammad Sohail Khan (PhD, now Assist. prof. in Pakistan), Qiushi ZHAIi (翟秋实)(B.S. & M.S., now at Georgia Tech), Chuanming LIU (刘传铭)(B.S. & M.S., now at Univ of Colorado, Boulder),Ping ZHANG(张萍)(now at Australia National Univ), Jing CHEN(陈婧)(M.S., now at Shanghai Earthquake Administration), Yulong CHANG (常玉龙)(M.S. co-advisor, now at Hunan Province Earthquake Administration), Suli YAO (姚素丽)(B.S., now at Chinese Univ of Hong Kong)

2016:  Jiuxun YIN (尹九洵)(B.S. & M.S., now at Harvard Univ),Xiang LI (李想)(B.S. & M.S., now in Aiqiyi, IT company), Shuo YANG(杨硕)(B.S., now at Caltech), Sizhuang DENG(邓斯壮)(B.S., now at Rice Univ)

2015: Yi YUAN (袁艺)( at Chinese Earthquake Administrationthe 2nd Monitoring Center),  Cheng LEI(雷晨)(M.S. co-advisor, now at Liaoning Earthquake Administration), Haotian XU(许昊天)(B.S., now at UCLA), Nan WANG(王楠)(B.S., now at SDSU/UCSD joint PhD program)

2014: Yixiao SHENG (盛一笑)(B.S., now at Stanford Univ), Yuchang SHEN (沈榆昌)(B.S., now at Univ of Houston), Yan QIN(秦岩)(B.S., now in Univ of Oklahoma)

2013: Bin LUO (罗彬) (B.S., now at TAMU)Chao GAO (高超)(B.S., now at Univ of Maryland)Wenhao HUANG(黄文浩)(B.S., IT company)Chuangxin LIN (林创新)(B.S., now at Univ of Toronto)

Current Research Collaborations
I have been collaborating with scientists in the US and China (1) to develop new techniques for surface wave tomography, joint surface and body wave travel time tomography, ambient noise analysis, and seismic interferometry and imaging, (2) to understand the crust and upper mantle structure and deformation in the Tibetan Plateau, SW China, North China Craton, Taiwan, eastern Pacific Rise, and Hawaii, and (3) to investigate rupture properties of large earthquakes using array-based techniques.
Collaborating institutes include MIT, China Earthquake Administration (Institute of Geology, Institute of Geophysics, Sichuan Earthquake Administration),Inst. of Earth Sciences, Academic Sinica, National Central University, Taiwan, Chinese Academy of Science (Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research,Institute of Geology and Geophysics), Chinese Univ at Hong Kong, etc.

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