Computer simulations of earthquake shaking can provide valuable information on the expected intensity of shaking from earthquakes. This talk will cover seismic hazard in the Bay Area, describe computer simulations of past and possible future earthquakes and the physics that underlies the numerical methods.

Speaker Bios

Dr. Arthur Rodgers

Arthur Rodgers is a seismologist/geophysicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he has worked since 1997. His research involves numerical modeling of wave motions including seismic ground motions in the Earth and acoustic waves in the atmosphere using LLNL’s world-class computing resources. His work focuses on national security applications and seismic hazard assessment. Prior to joining LLNL he was a postdoctoral researcher at UC Santa Cruz. He holds PhD in physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 2010 he was a Fulbright Scholar to Grenoble, France.

Dan Burns

Earth and Space Science and AP Physics Teacher
Los Gatos High School

Dan Burns has been teaching Earth and Space Science and AP Physics at Los Gatos High School since 1992. He is the LGHS science department chair and past president of the Northern California/Nevada American Association of Physics Teachers. He has worked on curriculum development and teacher workshops for the SETI Institute, the USGS, NASA, AAPT, and San Jose State University. He has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois. Prior to becoming a teacher Dan was a senior research specialist for the Lockheed Missiles and Space Company. Dan is an avid amateur astronomer and astrophotographer and has had several pictures published in astronomy magazines.