Aaron Velasco

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El Paso Texas, 79968
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Aaron Velasco
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Professor, Geological Sciences - Computational Science

Dr. Velasco's research has spanned a variety of seismological and interdisciplinary subjects, including earthquake source modeling, seismotectonics, earthquake hazards, 3-D Earth modeling, and nuclear treaty monitoring research (seismic event detection, location, and discrimination). He has also studied hydroacoustic wave propagation and explored military applications of seismology. His current projects include: determining 3-D Earth structure from analysis of US Array data and other data in the southern Rio Grande Rift; exploring techniques for joint inversion; studying aftershocks of large earthquakes in Nepal and Mexico; studying volcanic structure in the East African Rift System in Kenya; studying local earthquakes in the El Paso, TX region; and understanding the link between earthquakes, in particular, the mechanisms for dynamic triggering. He also has projects that focus on educational aspects of science; in particular, programs that fund early geoscience undergraduates as part of the Academic Year - Pathways Research Experience Program (AY-PREP), and National Science Foundation grant.


  1. Earth models
  2. Earthquakes
  3. Education
  4. Geophysics
  5. Seismology
  6. STEM minority education


  1. Education for the 21st Century Demographic
  2. Energy & Environment
  3. Cross-cutting: Cyberinfrastructure and Collaborative Environments