BOD Election 2018 - Candidate Profile

Vedran Lekic

Associate Professor

Department of Geology

University of Maryland, College Park


2018 - Present Associate Professor, Department of Geology University of Maryland, College Park
2012 - 2018 Assistant Professor, Department of Geology University of Maryland, College Park
2010 - 2012 National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Geological Services Brown University
2010 Postdoctoral Fellow at The Berkeley Seismological Laboratory University of California, Berkeley
2009 Ph.D., Earth and Planetary Sciences University of California, Berkeley
2004 A.B., Astronomy & Astrophysics and Earth & Planetary Science, Magna Cum Laude Harvard University


2018 Quality Assurance Advisory Committee Chair
2016 - 2018 Seismology Instrumentation Services Standing Committee Member
2014 Undergraduate Internship Program Selection Committee Member
2013 - 2015 Standing Committee on the Global Seismic Network Member

Selected Other Service to the Seismological Community

2018 Cooperative Institute for Dynamic Earth Research (CIDER), 2018 Summer Program Co-Organizer
2016 - 2018 Seismological Society of America Honors Selection Subcommittees, Member and Chair
2017 Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics, Nominating Committee
2014 - 2015 Geological Society of Washington, Council Member at Large
2012 - 2013 Seismology Section Program Committee for the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting


In the coming years, IRIS not only faces the challenges of continuing quality, long term monitoring efforts, enabling PI-driven experiments, ensuring data integrity and accessibility, and providing training and outreach opportunities. Instead, maintaining vitality of seismological research will hinge on IRIS's ability to seize new opportunities and leveraging new technologies without degrading all the things that IRIS excels at doing. Flat funding prospects only complicate matters further. I believe that accomplishing this difficult balancing act will require engaging with the diverse community of scientists that IRIS serves in order to ensure that their evolving priorities and needs are understood and acted upon. If elected to the Board of Directors, I would work to facilitate this engagement and commit to doing my best so that the voices of all stakeholders are heard.  

I am a product of the open data and inclusive community that IRIS helped foster. As an undergraduate, I have benefited from being an IRIS summer intern. As a professor, I again benefited from opportunity to mentor IRIS interns of my own. My science has been enabled nearly entirely by IRIS initiatives, from the Global Seismic Network -- the gold standard for data quality and integrity -- and by data collected through PASSCAL and EarthScope programs. Serving on the Board would be another opportunity, this time to give back.