Ru-Shan Wu

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Ru-Shan Wu
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Ru-Shan Wu received a B.Sc. (1962) in physics from Northwestern University, China, and a Ph.D. (1984) in geophysics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he had been a visiting scientist from 1978 through 1981. He did postdoctoral research and worked as a research scientist at MIT in 1984–1985.

He worked in the Institute of Geophysical Prospecting, Ministry of Geology, China, from 1962 through 1978 and at the Institute of Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, from 1988 through 1990. He moved in 1986 to the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he is now a research geophysicist and director of the Modeling and Imaging Laboratory at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics. His current research interests include seismic wave propagation and imaging in heterogeneous media, prestack depth migration, fast methods for elastic wave modeling, scattering and attenuation, holography, diffraction and scattering tomography, and general inversion of wavefields.

Wu is a member of AGU, EAGE, SEG, and SSA. He was chairman of the IASPEI subcommission on heterogeneity and scattering from 1997 through 2005 and is a member of the standing committee on seismology and geodynamics, Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, National Research Council