Michael R. Brudzinski earned a Ph.D. in Geophysics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed an endowed postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before joining Miami University of Ohio in 2004. His scientific research is focused on the origins of hazardous earthquakes. He has maintained nearly a decade-long field experiment in southern Mexico to investigate how colliding tectonic plates generate devastating earthquakes and tsunamis. He is also helping to uncover relationships between enhanced oil and gas recovery and a remarkable increase in earthquakes in the central and eastern US. He formed GeoSeismic Analytics, LLC to provide additional consulting to industry. He has nearly 50 peer-reviewed publications, including 4 in the top journals Science and Nature. His work has been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic, Time Magazine, National Review, and in an appearance on the Glenn Beck TV Show.
Brudzinski’s educational focus is on developing active e-learning courses through assessment of inquiry-based learning, student engagement, and authentic scientific experiences in computer-enabled classrooms. He has generated over $2 million in grant funding at Miami to support the integration of research and teaching efforts, including a National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award. He has mentored over 30 students and postdocs resulting in national presentations, publications, and over $600K of student/postdoc led funding and awards.