WEI Shengji

Wei Shengji has been a Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) and Assistant Professor at the Asian School of the Environment (ASE), both at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, since 2014. He is also the Assistant Chair (Research) at ASE.

Before he joined NTU, he completed his post-doctorate training at the Seismological Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. He obtained his bachelor's and PhD degrees in geophysics from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2004 and 2009, respectively. 

Shengji is currently serving as Associate Editor of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America and Geoscience Letters. He is also on the editorial board of Earthquake Science. His work in reviewing papers published in Geophysical Research Letters earned him the 2018 Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Refereeing. He is also a guest editor of Geoscience Letters and has also served as a reviewer for more than 10 Tier-1 journals including ScienceScientific Reports, and Earth and Planetary Science Letters. To date, Shengji has published more than 80 papers in peer-reviewed, high-impact journals.

Shengji has supervised 19 Post-doctorate Researchers and students at post-graduate and undergraduate levels.

In 2015 and 2018, he organised two impactful international workshops, which led to key collaborations between EOS, ASE, and other research agencies in Asia.

Shengji’s research focuses on earthquake source studies both in real-time and after in-depth. He is also interested in the properties of structures to better understand earthquake sources and tectonic and geodynamic processes. His research experiences cover both natural and man-made earthquakes. Shengji’s approach to resolving the kinematic nature of earthquakes involves a combination of geodesy, geology, and seismology to better constrain the spatial-temporal evolution of seismic rupture properties. Besides reconciling various datasets, he has also developed techniques that allow waveform inversion/modelling to be extended to a higher frequency (>1Hz) range of relevance for damage assessment. He and his research team are investigating the following subtopics: seismotectonics, earthquake rupture process imaging, strong ground motion simulations, earthquake focal mechanism inversion, crustal to upper mantle scale velocity structure inversion, induced seismicity and rock mechanics, Southeast Asia seismology, and volcano seismology.

  • 2009: PhD (Geophysics), University of Science and Technology of China 
  • 2004: BSc (Geophysics), University of Science and Technology of China
Professional Experience:
  • October 2014 — present: Assistant Professor, Asian School of Environment, NTU
  • October 2014 — present: Principal Investigator, Earth Observatory of Singapore, NTU
  • July 2009 — October 2014: Research Fellow, Seismological Laboratory, Caltech, USA
Professional Activities:


  • 2012 — present: Seismological Society of America
  • 2008 — present: American Geophysical Union

Editorial Service

  • Oct 2021 — present: Associate Editor of Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America
  • Aug 2021 — present: Associate Editor of Geoscience Letters
  • Feb 2021 — present: On the editorial board of Earthquake Science
  • 2019 — 2020: Guest Editor of Geoscience Letters

Manuscript Reviews (2014  — present)

  • Science
  • Scientific Report
  • Earth and Planetary Science Letters
  • Geophysical Research Letters
  • Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth
  • Tectonophysics
  • Seismological Research Letters
  • Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America
  • Geophysical Journal International
  • Pure and Applied Geophysics
  • Geology
  • Geoscience Letters
  • Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research
  • Earth and Planetary Science
  • Earth and Planetary Physics
  • Journal of Seismology
  • Earth Science of China
  • Science China – Earth Science
  • Journal of Geophysics of China
  • Earthquake Science
University Service:
  • February 2020 — present: Assistant Chair for Research, Asian School of the Environment
  • November 2019 — February 2020: Acting Assistant Chair for Research at Asian School of the Environment
  • 2018 — present: Chair of High-Performance Cluster at Asian School of the Environment/ Earth Observatory of Singapore
  • 2014 — 2016: Organiser, Asian School of the Environment-Earth Observatory of Singapore Department seminar series
Honours and Awards:

2018: Editors Citation for Excellence in Refereeing — Geophysical Research Letters