Rice University experts available to comment on Japan earthquake tsunami

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777EMAIL: [email protected]   Rice University experts available to comment on Japan earthquake, tsunamiThe following experts are available for media interviews to discuss the magnitude 8.9 earthquake that struck northeast Japan today and the resulting tsunami warnings that threaten Pacific Ocean nations.Dale SawyerSawyer is professor of Earth science at Rice University. He is a marine geophysicist whose research focuses on the seismic processes that cause new crust to be constantly formed beneath the Earth’s oceans. Sawyer frequently goes to sea to collect seismic data aboard research ships to better understand these processes. A veteran educator, Sawyer frequently speaks to grade school classes and lay audiences about the geological processes that cause earthquakes, tsunamis and other seismic events.Satish NagarajaiahNagarajaiah is a professor in civil and environmental engineering and a professor of mechanical engineering and material science at Rice University. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of structural dynamic systems and control; smart-structures, smart-materials and smart-sensors; system identification; damage detection and monitoring; applied nanotechnology; earthquake and wind engineering; offshore structures; and civil, mechanical and aerospace engineering.To schedule an interview with Sawyer or Nagarajaiah, contact Jessica Stark, assistant director of News and Media Relations, at [email protected] or 713-348-6777. AddThislast_img read more