Huajian Yao (姚华建)

(PhD in Geophysics, 2009, MIT)

School of Earth and Space Sciences

University of Science and Technology of China

96 Jinzhai Road, Hefei, Anhui Province, 230026, China

Email: hjyao @

Tel: +86 - 551 - 63607201

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*Personal Information

Born in 1979 in Anhui, China, citizen of China.

*Research Interests

General Interests:

Global geophysics, seismology, geodynamics, geophysical inverse problems

Current Research Topics:


2004.9 ---- 2009.5: Massachusetts Institute of Techonology (MIT), Department of Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) , PhD, Geophysics. Advisor: Prof. Robert D. van der Hilst

2001.9 ---- 2004.6: University of Science & Technology of China (USTC), Department of Earth & Space Sciences (ESS), M.S., Geophysics. Advisor: Prof. Guoming Xu

1996.9 ---- 2001.6: University of Science & Technology of China (USTC), Department of Earth & Space Sciences (ESS), B.S., Geophysics. Advisor: Prof. Guoming Xu


2014.10: Vice Dean (educational affairs), School of Earth & Space Sciences, USTC

2012 - present: professor of Geophysics, School of Earth & Space Sciences, USTC

2010.8 - 2012: visiting scientist, MIT

2010.8 - 2012: Green Scholar (postdoc), IGPP, Scripps Inst. of Oceanography, UCSD

2009.6 - 2010.7: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Earth Resource Laboratory, MIT

2004.9 - 2009.5: Research assistant, MIT

2000.9 - 2004.6: Research assistant, USTC


2014 Spring Frontiers in Geophysics: Structure and dynamic evolution of the Tibetan Plateau (Seminar, with Wei Leng)

2013,2014 Fall Geophysical Inversion (in English; with Haijiang Zhang)

2013 Spring Frontiers in Geophysics: Seismic Imaging (in English; with Haijiang Zhang)

2012 Fall Advancing Forum in Geosciences: Structure and Dynamic Evolution of the Earth (with Haijiang Zhang) (course website)

2008 Short courses in China on Ambient Noise Tomography (Institute of Geology, China Earthquake Administration; Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, China Academy of Sciences).

2006, 2008 Teaching Assistant for Essentials of Geophysics (course 12.201/501), MIT

2006-2008 Various lectures for Essentials of Geophysics and Fundamentals of Seismology (course 12.510), MIT

2002 Part-time college English teacher, Anhui Province, China

2001 Teaching Assistant of Theory of Complex Variables Function and Equations of Mathematical Physics, USTC


Graduate Students

3nd year: Weize QIN(秦维泽), Yuan YANG(杨元), Cheng LI(李成),Chao ZHANG (张超),Ying LIU (刘影)(co-advisor, with Haijiang Zhang)

2st year: Yayun ZHANG (张亚运),Jiuxun YIN (尹九洵),Xiang LI (李想), Yi YUAN (袁艺),Jikun FENG (冯吉坤)

1st year: Qinshi ZHAIi (翟秋实), Chuanming LIU (刘传铭),Ping ZHANG(张萍)

Past Students

2014: Yixiao SHENG (盛一笑)(B.S., now at Stanford Univ), Yuchang SHEN (沈榆昌)(B.S., now at Univ of Houston), Yan QIN(秦岩)(B.S., now in Hefei Geotomo Inc.)

2013: Bin LUO (罗彬) (B.S., now at TAMU),Chao GAO (高超)(B.S., now at Univ of Maryland),Wenhao HUANG(黄文浩)(B.S., IT company),Chuangxin LIN (林创新)(B.S., now at Univ of Toronto)

*Honors & Awards

2014, Excellence in Editorial Service (Science in China: Earth Science)

2013, Excellence in Refereeing (AGU JGR-Solid Earth)

2012, National Science Fund for Excellent Young Scholars of China

2011, "Thousand Young Talents" Award, China

2010-2012, Cecil and Ida Green Scholarship, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, UCSD

2004, Award of Excellent Graduate Student of Anhui Province, China

2004, Graduate with Honor of USTC (Master of Science)

2003, Excellent Student Research Paper in the 19th annual meeting of Chinese Geophysical Society

2002, Guanghua Education Scholarship, USTC

2001, Award of Excellent Bachelor Thesis, USTC

2001, Graduate with Honor of USTC (Bachelor of Science)

1999, Zhang Zongzhi Sci-Tech Scholarship, USTC

1998, China Goodwill & Peace Development Foundation Scholarship, USTC

*Professional Societies

American Geophysical Union, since 2005

Seismological Society of America, since 2006

Chinese Geophysical Society, since 2012

EAGE, since 2014

*Professional Services

1. Associate editor: Seismological Research Letter (SRL) Guest editor for the "Lushan Earthquake Special Focus"

Editorial Board: Science in China - Earth Science; Acta Seismologica Sinica

2. Conference Converner and Chair:

Convener for two Sessions, Chinese Geophysical Society Annual Meeting, 2013, 2014

Convener for Seismology Special Session, WPGM 2010

Session Chair for Seismology Special Session (Poster), AGU 2009

Session Convener and Oral Session Chair for Special Seismology Session, AGU 2008

Poster Session Chair for the Tectonophysics/Seismology Special Session, AGU 2007

Oral Session Chair for the Tectonophysics/Seismology Special Session, AGU 2006

3. Peer reviewers for Journals, NSF, and meetings abstracts:

Journal papers: Geophysical Journal International (since 2006), Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (since 2007), Geophysical Research Letters (since 2007), Earth and Planetary Science Letters (since 2008), Journal of Geophysical Research (since 2009), Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (since 2010), Tectonophysics (since 2010), Comptes Rendus Geosciences (since 2010), Survey of Geophysics (since 2010), Earthquake Sciences (since 2010); Pure and Applied Geophysics (since 2011); Nature Geoscience (since 2011); Chinese Science Bulletin, Geology, Science in China,Acta Seismologica Sinica.

NSF proposals in China and US:(since 2009)

SEG expanded abstract: (2010)

4. Chief secretary of "the Steering Committee of Teaching in Geophysics", Ministry of Education in China (2013-)

*Invited Talks

2014 Symposium on Gelogical Evolution of Tethys-Tibetan Plateau, Nanjiang Univ; Peking Univ; Institute of Geophysics & Institute of Crustal Dynamics, CEA; Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences; National Central Univ, Taiwan; Inst. of Earth Sciences, Academic Sinica, Taiwan; National Taiwan Univ; National Taiwan Normal Univ; EAGE-Surface wave analysis workshop; Anhui Earthquake Administration

2013 MIT; Institute of Geophysics & Institute of Earthquake Science, China Earthquake Administation; Institute of Geology and Geophysics, CAS; AGU; University of Chinese Academy of Sciences; Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics, CAS; Chinese Geophysical Society Annual Meeting.

2012 The Symposium on Sparse Representation and Compressed Sensing, USTC; San Diego State Univ (SDSU) ; Chinese University of Geosciences - Beijing

2011 The International Workshop on Tectonics, Oil-Gas Well Logging and Hydrate Exploration of the Tibetan  Plateau; USTC; BGP Inc. China National Petroleum Corporation


2009 Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Science; USTC; Institute of Geophysics of Chinese Earthquake Administration; Peking Univ; Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2008 AGU

2007 Tibetan Institute, Chinese Academy of Science

2006 Western Pacific Geophysical Meeting

2005 MIT, Earthquake Administration of Sichuan Province, China

*Other Services

Vice Chair, Young Scholar Union, USTC (2014-)

President of Chinese Association of Science and Technology at MIT (Nov 2007 - Mar 2009)

Organizer of the Friday Geophysical Seminar at USTC

Organizer of the "Geophysical Graduate Student Seminar" at USTC

Lecture on "Dynamic evolution of the Earth" for high school students

*Current Research Collaborations

I have been collaborating with scientists in the US and China (1) to develop new techniques for surface wave tomography, joint surface and body wave travel time tomography, ambient noise analysis, and seismic interferometry and imaging, (2) to understand the crust and upper mantle structure and deformation in the Tibetan Plateau, SW China, North China Craton, Taiwan, eastern Pacific Rise, and Hawaii, and (3) to investigate rupture properties of large earthquakes and non-volcanic tremor using array-based techniques.

Current collaborating institutes include MIT, UCSD, Woods Hole Institute of Oceanography, China Earthquake Administration (Institute of Geology, Institute of Geophysics, Sichuan Earthquake Administration),Inst. of Earth Sciences, Academic Sinica, Taiwan, Chinese Academy of Science (Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research,Institute of Geology and Geophysics).