Biographies of the guest editors
L.V. Socco and D. Jongmans
Issue: Vol 2, No 4, November 2004 pp. 259 - 259
Special Topic: Seismic Surface Waves
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Laura Valentina Socco, born in Torino in 1966, is presently Applied Geophysics assistant professor at the Politecncio di Torino where she took her civil engineering M.S. in 1992 and her PhD in Environmental Geo-engineering in 1996. She is member of the Academic Council of the Politecnico di Torino, within which she operates in the Research Committee. She is member of the Research Committee and of Committee of Permanent Development of EAGE and is Associate Editor of “Geophysics”. From 2002 she is a member of the High Quality Laboratory DIPLAB (Disaster Planning Laboratory), located at the Dipartimento Georisorse e Territorio of the Politecnico di Torino. In 2003 she was convenor of the workshop on “Surface Wave Methods for near surface characterisation”, EAGE (Stavanger 2003). In recent years she has been involved, as participant or as coordinator, in many research projects financed by the public and private institutions. She works in general in the field of application of geophysical techniques to engineering, environment and cultural heritage problems, but in the last six years, she has focused her study on the application of testing techniques based on the propagation of seismic surface waves for the geotechnical and dynamic characterisation of sites.
D. Jongmans graduated from the Liège University, Belgium, in 1982 with a diploma in Engineering Geology. From 1984 to 1986, he worked in Algeria as a geotechnical engineer in a public work laboratory. He received the Ph.D. degree, cum laude, in Applied Sciences in 1990 from the Liège University. From 1990, he was a scientific staff member (assistant professor then associated professor) in the Laboratory of Applied Geophysics in the same university. In 1993, he was a visiting scientist at the University of Duke, Durham, USA. In 2000, he took a professor position in Applied Geophysics at the University of Grenoble, France. His current research interests are the development and application of geophysical methods for landslide investigation. This includes the study of array noise measurements, the development of surface wave inversion techniques and the application of Ground Penetrating Radar to cliff stability assessment.