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

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Personal Information

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

(1) Multi-scale Community Velocity Model for Southwest China using joint seismological inversion

•(2) Surface wave tomography for lithospheric structure, anisotropy, and deformation

•(3) Seismic interferometry and ambient noise tomography

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

2004/092009/05Massachusetts Institute of Technology PhD in geophysics (advisor: Robert D. van der Hilst)

2001/092004/06University of Science and Technology of ChinaM.S. in geophysics (advisor: Guoming Xu)

1996/092001/06University of Science and Technology of ChinaB.S. in geophysics  (advisor: Guoming Xu)

2019/09-present, Associate Director (executive), Mengcheng National Geophysical Observatory,  Ministry of Science and Technology of China 

2019/07-present,Associate Dean, Graduate School, USTC & Director of the USTC Diploma Office

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 (with Peter Shearer, Peter Gerstoft)

2009/062010/07postdoc research associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (with Robert D. van der Hilst)


2021- Scientific Writing & Expression (1st year undergrad. course) 

2019- Science & Society (1st year undergrad. course) 

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

2015- : 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-, spring: 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

Excellence in Refereeing in 2021, Science China Earth Sciences (2022)

Hot Research Paper Award in 2021, Science China Earth Sciences (2022)

Excellence in Editorial Service for "Earth and Planetary Physics" (2022)

Outstanding Contribution Award as an Associate Editor, Earthquake Science (2022)

NSF of China: Outstanding Young Scholar Funding (2021)

Top 100 Paper Award, China Association for Science and Technology (2021)

Science and Technology Award for Chinese Youth (2020)

Special Prize in Teaching Achievement of Anhui Province (2019, rank 4 among 8 members) (安徽省教学成果特等奖)

Outstanding Research Progress in 2019, China Seismic Experimental Site, China Earthquake Administration (2019)

Excellence in Editorial Service for "Earth and Planetary Physics" (2019)

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, 2017,2018)
Excellence in Refereeing, AGU JGR-Solid Earth (2013)
NSF of China: Excellent Young Scholar Funding (2012)
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

Member of the Chief Scientist Committee, China Seismic Experimental Site (中国地震科学实验场)(2022-)

Seismological Society of China, Vice President (2020 - )

IUGG/IASPEI China Committee, Vice President (2020 - ) (2016-2019, chief secretary)

Associate editor of Earthquake Science (EQS) (2020-)

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

Member of the Planning Committee, China Seismic Experiment Site, China Earthquake Administration (2018-)

Member of "The Steering Committee of Teaching in Geophysics of Chinese Universities", Ministry of Education in China (2018-)

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

Editorial board member: Earth and Planetary Physics (2017-), Earthquake Research in China (2018-)

Electronic Seismologist Column Editor, SRL (2017-); 

Chief secretary of "The Steering Committee of Teaching in Geophysics Chinese Universities", 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 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 Geosci., Nature Comm., 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”
Member of Popular Science Campaign in Anhui Province, giving popular science talks for middle/high school students: 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, IUGG

Invited Talks

2022 Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore; 

2021 AOGS; Peking University; Central South University;Sichuan Earthquake Administration; Xiangshan Science Conferences; IPACES symposium; Guangdong Earthquake Administration; Jiangxi Earthquake Administration; The 10th International Symposium on Tianshan EarthquakeJilin University; Shuangqing Symposium of NSFC; Key Laboratory of Ocean and Marginal Sea Geology, CAS;Sino-US Joint Seminar on Seismic structure, Active fault and strong earthquake; 

2020 The 15th Annual Meeting of Tibetan Plateau Geosicences; China Earthquake Administration; Earthquake Administration of Yunnan Province; Chengdu Univ of Science and Technology; Earthquake Administration of Jiangxi Province; The 3rd Symposium on Tectonics and Geodynamics; Tibetan Plateau Symposium; Institute of Natural Disaster Prevention

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; Earthquake Administration of Shanghai, China; Chinese University of Geoscience (Wuhan); Chinese University of Geoscience (Beijing); Annual Meeting of Seismological Society of China (2); China Earthquake Administration Zhenyuan Lecture; Summer school: Passive Imaging & Monitoring in Wave Physics: From Seismology to Ultrasound (France, Cargese); 

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, (2014.7-2019.12)

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

Research Group

Research Associate 

Song LUO (罗松, PhD @ Chinese Univ of Geoscience, Wuhan), Jikun FENG (冯吉坤, PhD @ USTC), Ying LIU (刘影,PhD@USTC)


Cheng LI (李成)

Graduate Students

PhD Students : 

Jiajun XU (徐嘉隽), Zhiqi ZAHNG(张智奇), Xuan YANG(杨旋), Yifeng ZHANG (张艺峰), Xihui SHAO (邵锡惠), Lingci ZENG (曾令词)Chang YU (郁畅)Mengxuan YAN (闫梦旋), Ying LI(李莹, with Prof. Yuan GAO in CEA)

MS Student:

3nd year: Yazhou Hu(胡亚洲),Jiaqi JIN (靳佳琪, with prof. Bin Liu)

2st year: Guili ZHOU (周桂里),Zeqiang CHEN (陈泽强),Jinxi WANG (王景熙, with Prof. Ling Chen)

1st year: Jin WANG (王晶),Tenghui SUN(孙腾辉),Hanwen ZOU(邹汉文, with Prof. Rixiang Zhu)

Past Postdocs

Jikun FENG (冯吉坤, PhD @ USTC), Ying LIU (刘影,PhD@USTC) (co-advised with Haijiang Zhang)

Shaoqian Hu(胡少乾,PhD @ SLU,now associate scientist @ Chinese Univ of Geoscience, Wuhan

Song LUO (罗松, PhD @ Chinese Univ of Geoscience, Wuhan, now associate scientist @USTC)

Past Students

2021: Yuan YANG(杨元)(PhD, now engineer at SUSTC), Bem Shadrach Terhemba (Ph.D., postdoc @ USTC), Wei LIU(刘威)(PhD, now postdoc@SUSTC), Yuyang SHE(佘昱阳)(PhD, now in Huawei); Hanxiao WU (吴含笑, with prof. Zhiyang DAI) (M.S., now PhD student at Stony Brook)

2020: Ting LEI(雷霆)(M.S., now PhD student at Univ of Toronto), Shuye HUANG(黄书野)(M.S., now PhD student at USC)

2019: Cheng LI(李成)(PhD, now researcher in Anhui Univ of Science and Technology),Yayun ZHANG (张亚运)(PhD, now postdoc in South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, CAS),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 in Shenzhen), 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 in Shenzhen)Yafeng MENG(孟亚锋)(M.S., Investment Company),Yao WANG(王耀)(M.S., Government officer in Sichuan),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 China Earthquake Administration (Institute of Geophysics), Inst. of Earth Sciences, Academic Sinica, National Central University, Taiwan, Chinese Academy of Science (Institute of Geology and Geophysics), Chinese Univ at Hong Kong, etc.

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