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Our research spans a wide range of topics, from numerical simulations of earthquake source physics to educational interventions that support student persistence in STEM.

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Principal Investigator

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Natalie Schaal

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Students

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Christian Tiong-Smith

Undergraduate Student of Mechanical Engineering

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Meredith Richter

Undergraduate Student of Mechanical Engineering

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Nicolas Raymundo

Undergraduate Student of Computer Science

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Spencer Chan

Undergraduate Student of Mechanical Engineering

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Junheng (Carl) Li

Undergraduate Student of Mechanical Engineering

Projects

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A new peer-mentoring program within the Mechanical Engineering Department at LMU.

Research project on exploring students’ engineering identity and interaction with academic obstacles.

Research project on the effect of timing on the source properties of intershocks, with possible applications in earthquake forecasting.

Research project on comparing seismological interpretations of different source types.

Research project on the nucleation of earthquakes with implications concerning the occurrence of microseismicity.

Selected Publications

While many large earthquakes are preceded by observable foreshocks, the mechanism responsible for the occurrence of these smaller‐scale …

News

December 2019

  • Christian, Meredith, and Spencer all were involved in accepted abstracts to the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) PSW 2020 conference!

September 2019

  • Dr. Schaal presented her work on seismological interpretations of different source types at the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) annual meeting!

  • Carl presented updates on our work at the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) annual meeting!

June 2019

  • Carl presented our work on the source properties of intershocks at the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) 2019 conference!

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