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John B. Rundle  (Visiting Professor)
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Distinguished Professor of Physics and Geology, University of California, Davis


John currently serves as Executive Director of the APEC Cooperation for Earthquake Simulations (ACES)

Senior Advisor, APRU and APRU Multihazards Hub, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

Co-Founder and Chairman, Open Hazards Group

John received his B.S.E from Princeton University (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta  Pi), and M.S. (1973) and Ph.D. (1976) from the University of California at Los Angeles. In addition to natural hazards and earthquakes, he also has professional interests in forecasting, validation of forecasts, and quantitative finance.  John was a Visiting Associate at the California Institute of Technology (1980-1982) at the Caltech Seismological Laboratory.  He was also a Member (1990 - 1997) and Chair (1994-1996) of the scientific Advisory Council to the Southern California Earthquake Center.  He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA (1995-present), an advisor to the Miller Value Parnters (Hedge Fund), an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute, and a Fellow of both the American Physical Society (2005) and the American Geophysical Union (2008).   Recently, he was a co-winner of the NASA Software of the Year Award (2012).  He currently co-organizes (along with Michael Maouboussin, Chris Wood and Martin Lebowitz) a yearly meeting on risk for the Santa Fe Institute, often held at Morgan Stanley, Inc., in New York.  He teaches courses in Risk and Natural Disasters; Complex Systems; and Econophysics and Quantitative Finance at the University of California, Davis. 
Research key words: Forecasting, Complexity, Disasters, Risk, and Finance