Dr. Eileen Martin, who joins the Mines Geophysics and Applied Math and Statistics faculty in January, has been awarded a CAREER grant through the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Under this grant, Dr. Martin and her team will be developing new algorithms for more efficiently analyzing large-scale continuously recorded seismic data, which is often full of noise and requires specialized techniques to extract weak signals.  The aim of these algorithms is to process these large-scale data more efficiently, so scientists can analyze larger datasets faster or with fewer computer resources, often by taking advantage of data compression or data features that require much less computer memory than the original data.  Two of the primary application areas they will be applying these methods to are glacier seismology and urban seismology.

As new seismic sensor technologies are making it easier to acquire large-scale seismic data for a wide range of applications, the open-source software Dr. Martin and her team will develop could be used by geoscientists focused on hydrology, earthquake seismology, marine geohazards, geotechnical engineering, and more.

According to the program website, the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is “a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.”

For more information about this and other NSF opportunities, visit https://www.nsf.gov/funding/.

Congratulations to Dr. Martin on this accomplishment!