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Despite the upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic, 10 new faculty members have joined MIT in the departments of Biology; Chemistry; Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences; Mathematics; and Physics. The School of Science welcomes these new faculty, most of whom began their appointment July 1, amidst efforts to update education and research plans for the fall semester. They bring exciting and valuable new areas of strength and expertise to the Institute.
Camilla Cattania is an earthquake scientist. She uses continuum mechanics, numerical simulations, and statistics to study fault mechanics and earthquake physics at different scales, from small repeating events to fault interaction on regional and global scales. The models she has developed can help forecast earthquake sequences caused by seismic or aseismic events, such as aftershocks and swarms induced by forcing mechanisms like magma moving under the Earth’s surface. She has also developed theoretical models to explain why certain faults rupture in predictable patterns while others do not. Cattania’s research plans include widening her focus to other tectonic settings and geometrically complex fault structures.
Cattania earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cambridge University in experimental and theoretical physics in 2011, after which she completed a PhD in Germany …
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