Deepa Mele VEEDU

Research:

Earthquake Cycle Modelling, Rock friction laboratory experiments

I am a Ph.D. student at the Earth Observatory of Singapore. I simulate earthquakes in-silico and in rocks. And, I spread science through sketching, graphing, talking and writing.

I am interested in various rupture styles, particularly slow slip preceding fast ruptures. I have used the phenomenon of slow and fast ruptures on a single fault patch to explain the mechanism behind the period-doubling tremors near Parkfield, deep beneath the San Andreas Fault. Currently, I am extending my work to a spectrum of slip behaviors from finite-fault simulations and laboratory experiments on fault gouge. 

I dwell on several fascinating topics:

• Can a simple model explain a variety of earthquake and slow slip observations that we see in nature?

• Can we unify slow and fast ruptures from finite-fault simulations and lab experiments?

• Does a fault system transition though chaotic intervals before entering into dynamic earthquake regime?

• Can slow ruptures accelerate before impending earthquakes?

• If yes, what controls the separation time between slow and fast ruptures?

Research interests: Rock mechanics, Numerical modeling of fault slip behaviors, Earthquake seismology

 

Education:

2013 | M. Tech. Exploration Geosciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India
2007 | M. Sc. Marine Geophysics, Cochin University of Science & Technology, India
2005 | B. Sc. Physics, Kannur University, India

Professional Experience:

Reviewer for Geophysical Research Letters (GRL)

Professional Activities:

2017 - Present | The Science of Slow Earthquakes
2016 - Present | Member of the Indian Geophysical Union (IGU)
2014 - Present | Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU)
2015 - Present | Member of the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS)
2016 - Present | Member of the European Geosciences Union (EGU)
2018 - Present | Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG)
2018 - Present | American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
2017 - 2020 | The Mars Society


Oct 2018 | Visiting student at the Penn State University, Pennsylvania, USA.
Oct 2018 | Participated in the Workshop on Modeling Earthquake Source Processes; Organised by Prof. Nadia Lapusta, Caltech, Pasadena, CA, USA
Sept 2018 | Attended the APEC Cooperation of Earthquake Simulations, Awaji island, Japan.
July 2018 | Participated in a Summer School (The Enrico Fermi International School of Physics: Mechanics of Earthquake Faulting), Varenna, Italy.
June - July 2017 | Visiting student at the National Institute of Geophysics & Volcanology (INGV) and Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
2016 | Field trip in Mersing, Malaysia for the Structural Geology & Tectonics course
2013 | Permanent GPS installation in Mentawai island, Indonesia
Assisted the technical team of Earth Observatory of Singapore with GPS installations (SIOB and TARA) in Sipora Island of Mentawai, Indonesia

Courses Taught:

2016 | Teaching Assistant for Asst. Prof. Judith Hubbard's Structural Geology & Tectonics course
2015 | Teaching Assistant for Prof. J. Stephen Lansing's Environment & Society course
2015 | Teaching Assistant for Asst. Prof. Benoit Taisne's Introduction to Field Studies course

Honours and Awards:

2018 | Travel fund to attend the Workshop on Modeling Earthquake Source Processes, Caltech, Pasadena, United States.

2018 | Travel fund to attend the Joint Workshop on Slow Earthquakes, Fukuoka, Japan.

2018 | Stephen Riady funding to conduct laboratory experiments at the Penn State University, USA.

2018 | Women in Science Conference Grant.

2017 | Travel fund to attend the Joint Workshop on Slow Earthquakes, Matsuyama, Japan.

2017 | Stephen Riady funding to conduct laboratory experiments at the National Institute of Geophysics & Volcanology (INGV), Rome, Italy.

2017 | Finalist in the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Outstanding Innovative Scientific High-Performance Computing (HPC) Deployment at Supercomputing Frontiers (SCF2017).

2015 | Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) Travel Award.

2014 | Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Research Scholarship.

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2013 | Institute Silver Medal Best student in order of merit among graduating M. Tech students of Dept. of Geology & Geophysics, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India.

2011 | Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2007 | National Eligibility Test (NET) - Lectureship.

2007 | University topper among graduating M. Sc students of Dept. of Marine Geology & Geophysics, Cochin University of Science & Technology, India.

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