President Obama honors ESS alumna Elizabeth Cochran

Posted on Oct. 19, 2011

Dr. Elizabeth Cochran, who received her PhD from ESS in 2005,was named one of President Obama’s recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Elizabeth, now a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, has developed a new method of earthquake monitoring using low-cost earthquake sensors, called the Quake-Catcher Network (QCN). This network allows scientists to monitor earthquakes and quantify ground shaking with unprecedented spatial resolution through data gathered from citizen volunteers.