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Lecturer to be honored for work with earthquakes

Kenneth Hudnut

Kenneth Hudnut

Kenneth Hudnut, lecturer in the civil and environmental engineering department in the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, will receive the 2017 Ivan I. Mueller Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership at the annual American Geophysical Union fall meeting, to be held Dec. 11–15 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Hudnut works to understand and explain natural hazards in order to help people; he is responsible for ensuring United States Geological Survey hazards science is being applied to solve relevant problems. To help understand the San Andreas fault system and the behavior of faults in general, he has studied earthquakes worldwide using satellite and airborne imagery along with field work to provide ground truth.

The Mueller Award award acknowledges “major achievements in service to and/or leadership within the field of geodesy,” which is the science of accurately measuring and understanding the Earth’s geometric shape, orientation in space and gravity field. The award also recognizes major achievements beyond scientific and research contributions. In particular, awardees have a body of work that enhances the visibility of geodesy within the American Geophysical Union as well as within the international associated bodies.

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