Aaron Velasco

I have been very fortunate to have many opportunities as a professional the last 27 years, and I am driven to make a positive impact in my journey as a professional and as a person.  I am currently a Professor of Geological Sciences at University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP, having received a B.S. in applied geophysics from University of California, Los Angeles in 1988 and a Ph.D. in seismology from University of California, Santa Cruz in 1993. I have worked in industry (Science Applications International Corporation), federal government (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory), state government (Railroad Commission of Texas: RRC), and as a Professor at UTEP. My current research projects include investigating earthquake interactions, estimating aftershock locations in Nepal and Mexico, determining crustal structure in the southwest U.S., developing forensic seismology approaches, and on developing data/model fusion techniques.  I have long  been an advocate for increasing diversity in the geosciences, leading grants at UTEP to recruit and retain minority students, publishing on the topic, plus serving on the Board and various committees for SACNAS.  Along the way, I have also been very fortunately to serve in different leaderships roles in the past, including serving as Director of Interdisciplinary Initiatives (UTEP), Interim Associate Dean for Research for the College of Science (UTEP), Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences (UTEP), President of Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and President of Insights Science Center (El Paso), a local science center. Currently I serve as the Chair of the National Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics (National Research Council), as Chair of the Graduate Council (UTEP), and as State Seismologist of Texas (RRC).  I am very excited to join the SOLESS effort, and am happy to help the group in any capacity that I can.