Dr. Robert Nowack - Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences - Purdue University
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Dr. Robert Nowack

Dr. Robert Nowack

Curriculum Vitae / Google Scholar
Associated Website(s): Personal Website, Geology and Geophysics

  • Ph.D.- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Geophysics)
  • M.S - Stanford University (Geophysics)
  • B.A. - Beloit College (Physics, with Honors)

Research Interests
Seismology, seismic wave propagation, inverse theory, time series analysis, crustal and upper mantle studies.

Teaching Interests

Awards and Honors

  • 2003 Fellow, Institute of Physics, London

Professional Experience

  • Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth, 2009-Present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, 2004-Present
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research, 2005-2009
  • Associate Editor, Studia Geophysica et Geodaetica, 1999-2009
  • Associate Editor, Bull. Seismological Society of America, 1995-2009
  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP), 2004
  • 1998-present, Professor of Geophysics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.
  • 1995-Present, Associate Editor for the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America
  • 1998, Technical Program Committee Member for Meeting on Signal Recovery and Synthesis, Optical Society of America, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
  • 1990 - 1998 Associate Professor of Geophysics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.
  • 1985 - 1990 Assistant Professor of Geophysics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.
  • 1985 - Post-Doctoral Research Scientist, Earth Resources Laboratory, MIT, Cambridge, MA.
  • 1978 - 1980 Staff Seismologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA.
  • 1977 - 78 Engineering Seismologist, Woodward Clyde Consultants, San Francisco, CA.

Selected Publications - Google Scholar Page for a complete list of publications

  • Nowack, R.L. (2008) Focused Gaussian beams for seismic imaging, in Expanded Abstracts, 78th Annual Meeting of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Las Vegas, p. 2376-2380.
  • Nowack, R.L., W.P. Chen, and T.L. Tseng (2008) Frequency-dependent nature of Pn in Western China: Gaussian beam modeling of data from the Hi-CLIMB experiment, 30th Annual Monitoring Research Review, NNSA/Air Force Research Laboratory, Volume 1, p. 180-189.
  • Nowack, R.L. (2008) Frame-based Gaussian beam summation and seismic head waves, Proceedings of the Project Review, Geo-Mathematical Imaging Group (Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN), p. 113-119.
  • Nowack, R.L. (2008) Gaussian beam imaging for converted and surface reflected waves, Proceedings of the Project Review, Geo-Mathematical Imaging Group (Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN), p. 121-128.
  • Nowack, R.L. (2008) Focused Gaussian beams for seismic imaging, Proceedings of the Project Review, Geo-Mathematical Imaging Group (Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN), p. 129-139.
  • Nowack, R. L., W. P. Chen, U. Kruse and S. Dasgupta (2007) Imaging offsets in the Moho: synthetic tests using Gaussian beams with teleseismic waves, Pure and Applied Geophysics, in press.
  • Chen, R., V.P. Drnevich, X. Yu and R.L. Nowack (2007) Water content measurements with Time Domain Reflectometry in highly conductive soils using reflections from the soil surface, J. of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering,, ASCE, in press.
  • Nowack, R. L. and C. Li (2007) Methods and Applications of Seismic Tomography, in Handbook of Signal Processing in Acoustics (eds. D. Havelock, M. Vorlander and S. Kuwano), Springer-Verlag, in press.
  • Dasgupta, S. and R.L. Nowack (2006) Deconvolution of 3-component teleseismic P-waves using the autocorrelation of the P to SV scattered waves, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 96,  1827-1835.
  • Nowack, R.L. and C. Li (2006) Application of autoregressive extrapolation to the cross-borehole tomography, Studia Geophysica et Geodaetica, 50, 337-348.
  • Nowack, R.L. S. Dasgupta, G.T. Schuster and J.M. Sheng (2006) Correlation migration using Gaussian beams of scattered teleseismic body waves, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., Vol. 96, pp. 1-10.
  • Nowack, R.L. and C. Li (2005) Autoregressive extrapolation applied to tomography in the cross-borehole geometry, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Expanded Abstracts, Seventy-Fifth Meeting, Houston, pp. 2562-2566.
  • Yu, X., V. P. Drnevich and R.L. Nowack (2005) Statistical comparison of models for the dielectric spectrum of soil mixtures, Proceedings of the Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP), Atlanta, pp. 215-225.
  • Li, C. and R.L. Nowack (2005) Seismic tomography using travel-time surfaces for experiments in the laboratory, J. of Geophysics and Engineering, 2, 231-237.
  • Nowack, R.L. (2005) Review of “Fundamentals of Seismic Wave Propagation” by C.H. Chapman, Siam Review, 47, 616-618, Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Philadephia.
  • Haase, J., R.L. Nowack, C.H. Park, A. Hunyar, J. Hill and M. Hamburger (2004) Evaluation of seismic hazard for Indiana,  FHWA/IN/JRTP02004/3, Joint Transportation Research Program, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indianapolis.
  • Li, C. and R.L. Nowack (2004) Application of autoregressive extrapolation to seismic tomography, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 94, 1465-1466.
  • Nowack, R.L. (2003) Calculation of synthetics seismograms with Gaussian beams, Pure and Applied Geophysics, 160, 487-507.
  • Nowack, R.L., M.K. Sen, and P.L. Stoffa (2003) Gaussian beam migration for sparse common-shot data, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Expanded Abstracts, Seventy-third Annual Meeting, Tulsa, pp. 1114-1117.
  • Pride, S.R., (and DOE Working group including R.L. Nowack) (2003) Permeability dependence of seismic amplitudes, The Leading Edge, 518-523.
  • Nowack, R.L., C. Li and J. Virieux (2003) Inversion of seismic attributes from the 1996 3-D tomography experiment at Mt. Vesuvius, Italy, in The TomoVes Project: Looking Inside Mt. Vesuvius, (eds. A.Zollo, A. Bobbio, P. Gasparini, R. Casale and M. Yeroyanni), CD Book, CUEN Publ., Naples, Italy.
  • Nowack, R.L. and S. Stacy (2002)  Synthetic seismograms and wide-angle seismograms attributes from the Gaussian beam and reflectivity methods for models with interfaces and gradients, Pure and Applied Geophysics, 159, 1447-1464.
  • Stacy, S. and R.L. Nowack (2002)  Modeling of wide-angle seismic attributes from shot gather 11 of the Sarex Experiment, Studia Geophysica et Geodaetica, 46, 667-690, (In special issue dedicated to V. Cerveny).
  • Tomfohrde, D.A. and R.L. Nowack (2000) Crustal structure beneath Taiwan using frequency-based inversion of receiver function waveforms, Pure and Applied Geophysics, 157, 737-764.
  • Nowack, R.L., E. Ay, W.-P. Chen and B. Huang (1999)  A seismic profile of the upper mantle along the southwestern edge of the Philippine Sea Plate using short-period array data, Geophys. J. Int., 136, 171-179.
  • Nowack, R.L. and W-P. Chen (1999) Souce-receiver reciprocity and empirical Green's function from chemical blasts, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 89, 538-543.

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