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Jerry Harris

Jerry Harris

Emeritus (Active) Professor, Geophysics
Affiliate, Precourt Institute for Energy
Member, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering (ICME)
Affiliate, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Ph.D, California Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering (1980)
M.S., California Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering (1974)
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Mississippi (1973)


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Jerry joined Stanford in 1988 after eleven years with private industry. He and his students, together known as the Stanford Wave Physics Lab, study the physics of seismic and electromagnetic waves and fields in complex media, including modeling, numerical simulations, and the processing and inversion of field data. Their recent work has focused on (1) fractional Laplacian formulations for Q modeling and Q compensated RTM, and (2) FWI with reduced order models with sparse parameterizations and machine-learned dictionaries derived from wave propagation kernels, geological, and dynamic flow processes. Jerry co-founded Stanford's Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP), founded and served as Director of the Stanford Center for Computational Earth and Environmental Science (CEES), and founded the School’s summer undergraduate pathways program (SURGE). He has served as Geophysics department chair and SE3 Associate Dean.