Richard Aster is a professor and head of the Department of Geosciences. His research focuses on seismic imaging, volcano seismology, microseismicity, seismic noise, seismic instrumentation, crustal and mantle seismology, fluvial seismology and cryoseismology.
Aster is the founder and principal investigator of the New Mexico Tech IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center, which supports seismological studies around the world. Aster has received several awards for his work, including the National Science Foundation Antarctic Services Medal in 1999 and the New Mexico Tech Distinguished Research Award in 2010. He was featured in the 2011-2012 BBC Horizon Production “The Core.”
Aster received his B.S. in electrical and computer engineering and physics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1983. He earned his M.S. in geophysics from the same institution in 1986, and his Ph.D. in earth science from the University of California, San Diego, in 1991. Aster is affiliated with several professional organizations, including the Seismological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, and the Geological Society of America. He was president of the Seismological Society of America from 2009 to 2010.