Seth Stein is Deering Professor of Geological Sciences at Northwestern University. He graduated from MIT in 1975 (BS) and Caltech (PhD) in 1978. His research interests are in plate tectonics, earthquake seismology, earthquake hazards, and space geodesy. He has been awarded the Macelwane Medal of the American Geophysical Union, the Woollard Award of the Geological Society of America, the Mueller Medal of the European Geosciences Union, the Price Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, and a Humboldt Foundation Research Award. He is a member of the Academy of Europe, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and Geological Society of America, and on the Institute for Scientific Information Highly Cited Researchers list.