As a computer scientist working for the Statewide California Earthquake Center (SCEC), I develop and perform large-scale seismic hazard calculations using high performance computing. I also develop and release open-source seismological and engineering software used in ground motion modeling and simulations. Before joining SCEC, I was a member of the Professional Staff in the Caltech Seismological Laboratory in Pasadena, California. While at Caltech, I worked on the TriNet project with scientists and software developers to develop a state-of-the-art data acquisition and real-time earthquake monitoring system. My commercial software development experience includes communications firmware development on trunking mobile radios for a radio manufacturer, software design and development on a military command and control system for Hughes Aircraft, software development on a National Missile Defense special study for TRW, and software development on multi-tiered web-based systems for Kaiser Permanente.

Seismic Hazard Research

I use high performance computers operated by academic research computing centers, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy to perform seismic hazard research for California and elsewhere.

Scientific Software

I develop and release open-source scientific software used in real-time earthquake monitoring, seismic hazard analysis, and earthquake forecasting research.

Earthquake Simulations

I develop earthquake simulation software and use high performance computing to perform large-scale earthquake simulations.

Contact Information

Philip Maechling
Statewide California Earthquake Center (SCEC)
University of Southern California
3651 Trousdale Parkway, Suite 169
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0742

e-mail: SCECinfo {at}

ORCID: 0000-0002-9221-7068

Phone: 213-740-5843