David Wald

U.S. Geological Survey

David Wald is a seismologist with the USGS in Golden, and is on the Geophysics Faculty at the School of Mines. He earned his Ph.D. in Geophysics from Caltech in 1993. Wald is involved in research, development and operations of several real-time information systems at the USGS National Earthquake Information Center. He led development of and manages “ShakeMap” and “Did You Feel it?”, and is responsible for developing other systems for post-earthquake response and pre-earthquake mitigation, including “ShakeCast” and “PAGER”. 

Wald has been the Seismological Society of America (SSA) Distinguished Lecturer and Associate Editor, and served on the Society’s Board of Directors. He currently serves on the Earthquake Engineering Research Institutes (EERI) Board of Directors and was EERI’s 2014 Distinguished Lecturer. 

He was awarded SSA’s 2009 Frank Press Public Service Award, and a Department of the Interior Superior Service Award in 2010 and the Meritorious Service Award in 2016. Previously at Caltech, and now at the Colorado School of Mines, Wald has advised dozens of post-doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate student research projects. His own scientific interests include the characterization of rupture processes from complex recent and historic earthquakes; seismic waveform modeling and inversion; analysis of ground motion hazards and site effects; earthquake source physics; and modeling earthquake-induced landslides, liquefaction, and losses.