Min Chen

Min Chen

Assistant Professor, Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering; Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences;
Room 2507E, Engineering Building
  428 S. Shaw Ln.
 (517) 432-0610

Web: https://sites.google.com/site/minchenresearch/

    About Me


    Ph.D., 2008, Geophysics, California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

    B.S., 2001, Geophysics, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC).



    Min Chen is a computational seismologist. Her research interests lie in developing and applying numerical tools harnessing the power of high performance computing for seismic full waveform inversion, imaging, and interpretation. Her research aims to better understand plate tectonic processes and earthquake rupture processes using high-resolution seismic images.

    Min Chen is currently an assistant professor at Michigan State University, jointly appointed by the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. She received her Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology. She then was a postdoctoral research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and subsequently at Rice University. She later was a research scientist at Rice University under NSF grant #1345096.

    MSU Computational Seismology Lab
    MSU Computational Seismology Lab

    Scientific Leader: Dr. Min Chen

    MSU Computational Seismology Lab works on analyzing, numerical modeling, and full waveform inversion of seismic array data from various sources, such as earthquakes, explosions, and ambient noise sources. Our goal is to better understand dynamic processes of the Earth on different time and spatial scales.

    Research Interests

    •    Full Waveform Inversion Based on Spectral-element & Adjoint Methods

    •    Mantle & Tectonic Processes in East Asia (Tibet), SW Europe, & South America

    •    Nature of Deep-focus Earthquakes in Subduction Zones

    •    Earthquake Source Imaging & Inversion

    Postdoc Positions
    Computational Seismology Lab

    Research in developing and applying computational methods and algorithms to enable fast and high-fidelity multi-scale seismic imaging, with emphasis on full waveform inversion and imaging of seismic structure and earthquake source. Potential projects include but are not limited to assimilating large seismic waveform data sets to obtain improved images of lithospheric structure beneath continents and continental margins, melt distribution in the crust and the mantle, three-dimensional slab geometry in the subduction zones, and large earthquake rupture processes with the complexity of seismic structure considered. Candidates with strong background in seismic imaging and high-performance computing will be given priority. Experience with large data sets, machine learning, and GPU programming are desired. The successful candidate will be working with Dr. Min Chen. Preferred start date no later than September 1st, 2018, earlier if possible.

    Selected Publications
    Ribeiro, J., Stern, R., Fernando, M., Woodhead, J., Chen, M., and Ohara, Y. (2017),  An Indian mantle outflow underneath the southern Mariana convergent plate margin?, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2017.08.022. [link]
    Chen, M., Niu, F., Tromp, J., Lenardic, A., Lee, C.-T. A., Cao, W., and Ribeiro, J. (2017), "Lithospheric Foundering and Underthrusting Imaged Beneath Tibet", Nature Communications, doi:10.1038/ncomms15659[link] [PDF download] [News release]
    Liu, Y., Niu, F., Chen, M., and Yang, W. (2017), "3-D Crustal and Uppermost Mantle Structure Beneath NE China Revealed by Ambient Noise Adjoint Tomography", Earth and Planetary Science Letters,  doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2016.12.029[link]
    Xing, G., Niu, F., Chen, M.Yang, Y. (2016), "Effects of Shallow Density Structure on the Inversion for Crustal Shear Wavespeeds in Surface Wave Tomography"Geophysical Journal International, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggw064. [link]
    Chen, M., Niu, F., Liu, Q., and Tromp, J. (2015), "Mantle-driven Uplift of Hangai Dome: New Seismic Constraints from Adjoint Tomography", Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, doi:10.1002/2015GL065018. [link]



    No courses for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018.

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