Curriculum Vitae

Robert D. van der Hilst

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
77 Massachusetts Avenue, 54-918
Cambridge, MA 01239, USA

Tel: 617-253-6977
Fax: 617-258-9697
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Email2: for teaching and research correspondence


2012-                 Department Head, EAPS-MIT
2004-2012       Director, Earth Resources Laboratory, EAPS-MIT
2010-                 Schlumberger Professor of Geosciences, EAPS MIT
2003-2010       Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Earth Sciences, EAPS-MIT
2000-2003       Professor of Geophysics, EAPS-MIT
2001-2009       Visiting Professor of Geophysics, Utrecht University, Department of Earth Sciences (seismology), The Netherlands
1998-                Visiting Professor, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP) (Equipe: Sismologie Globale), France
1998-2000       Associate Professor (tenured since 1999), EAPS-MIT
1996-1998       Assistant Professor, EAPS-MIT
1996-1998       Adjunct Fellow, Australian National University (ANU), Research School of Earth Sciences, Australia
1992-1995       Research Fellow, RSES-ANU
1990-1992       Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Leeds, (Earth Sciences), United Kingdom
1986-1990       Graduate Research Assistant, Utrecht University, Department of Theoretical Geophysics
1983-1984       Lecturer, Geophysics and Structural Geology, University of Botswana, Botswana


1990      Ph.D., Utrecht University (Graduate Advisors: Prof. Dr. N. J. Vlaar and Dr. W. Spakman)
1986      Doctoraal examen (MSc.) Geophysics (Cum Laude), Utrecht University
1986      Doctoraal examen (MSc.) Structural Geology (Cum Laude), Utrecht University
1982      Kandidaatsexamen (BSc.) Geology with Mathematics and Physics, Utrecht University


2018                  Ganesa Widya Jasa Adiutama Award, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Indonesia
2014                  Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2010                  Outstanding Publication Award, Geological Society of America
for: Royden, Burchfiel, Van der Hilst, The Geological Evolution of the Tibetan Plateau (Science, 2008)
2003                  Cecil and Ida Green Chair, MIT
2003-2008      VICI Innovative Research Award, Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO)
1998-2003      Packard Fellow, David and Lucile Packard Foundation (Fellows)
1998                  Crafoord Symposium Lecture, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
1997-2000      Kerr-McGee Career Development Chair, MIT
1997                  Fellow, American Geophysical Union (List of Fellows)
1997                  James B. Macelwane Medal, American Geophysical Union (citation)
1996                  Doornbos Memorial Prize, International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth’s Interior


MIT Service:
2004-2012   Director Earth Resources Laboratory (MIT-EAPS)
2003-2008   Chair, Program in Geophysics (MIT-EAPS)
1999-2003   Associate Director Earth Resources Laboratory (MIT-EAPS)
2003-2004   Member, Undergraduate Committee (MIT-EAPS)
2000-2001   Member, Committee on Curricula (MIT)
1998-2001   Chair, Geophysics Graduate Admission Committee (MIT-EAPS)
Advisory Boards and Program Committees:

2012-             Chair, Publication Committee, American Geophysical Union
2010-2012   Member, Board of Directors, American Geophysical Union
2008-2010   President, Seismology Section of the American Geophysical Union
2006-2008   President-elect, Seismology Section of the American Geophysical Union
2004-2005   AGU 2005 Joint Assembly Chair
2002-2004   Institute of Earth Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei Advisory Committee
2002-2004   National Institute for Environmental eScience, Cambridge, U.K. Advisory Committee
2000-2001   IAGA and IASPEI Join Scientific Assembly 2001 Program Committee
2000-2003   IRIS Executive Committee
1999-2002   USArray (Earthscope) Steering Committee
1998-2000   IRIS Data Management Center Standing Committee (DMS-SC)
1998-2000   AGU Spring Meeting Program Committee for Seismology
1997              Program Committee International Symposium on Continental Roots (MIT-Harvard, Fall 1997)
1995-1996   AGU Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting Program Committee
1994-1996   Chairman, Specialist Group on Solid Earth Geophysics (Geological Society of Australia)
1992-1995   Designer and Project Manager Skippy: a multi-year broad-band seismometry project in Australia


2003-2010   Editor EPSL: Earth and Planetary Science Letters (Elsevier)
2003-2006   Editor GJI: Geophysical Journal International (Blackwell Scientific Publisher)
2002-            Editorial Board Geology (Geological Society of America)
2001-            Editorial Board PEPI: Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors (Elsevier)
2000-2003   Editorial Board EPSL: Earth and Planetary Science Letters (Elsevier)
1998-2003   Associate Editor JGR: Journal of Geophysical Research (AGU)
1999-2000   Associate Editor G3: Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Geosystems (Electronic journal, AGU)
2003-2005   Co-Editor Structure, Composition, and Evolution of Earth’s Deep Mantle (Geophysical Monograph 160, AGU)
1999-2001   Co-Editor Processes and Consequences of Deep Subduction (Elsevier; also available as Special Issue of PEPI)
1998-1999   Co-Editor Structure, Composition, and Evolution of Continental Lithosphere (Developments in Geotectonics 24, Elsevier; also available as Special Issue of Lithos)
1998-1999   Co-Editor The History and Dynamics of Global Plate Motion (Geophysical Monograph 121, AGU)
1996-1997   Co-Editor Structure and Evolution of the Australian Continent (Geodynamics Series 26, AGU)
1990-            Referee for Nature, Science, Geology, Journal of Geophysical Research, Geophysical Research Letters, Geophysical Journal International, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, Tectonophysics, The Australian Journal for Earth Sciences, and for research proposals of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), the Australian Research Council (ARC), and the National Environmental Research Council (NERC)


American Geophysical Union (1987-)
European Geophysical Society (1990-)
Seismological Society of America (1998-)
Society of Exploration Geophysics (2004-)


Dr. John Castle (02/1999-10/2000)
Dr. Sebastien Chevrot (11/1998-10/2000)
Dr. Sergei Lebedev (05/2000-present; now at Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
Dr. Caroline Beghein (01/2004-12/2005)
Dr. Min Chen (2008-2010; now at Rice University)
Dr. Pierre Gouedard (2009-2012; now at Magnitude, France)
Dr. Berenice Froment (2012-)
Dr. Elizbeth Day (2012-2014)


Dr. Sri Widiyantoro (PhD June 1997 – now Professor and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Earth Sciences and Mineral Technology, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia; co-supervisor Prof. B.L.N. Kennett)
At Utrecht University:
Dr. Caroline Beghein (PhD Oct 2003; co-supervisor Dr. Trampert; now Professor, UCLA)
Dr. Dirk Kraaijpoel (PhD Oct 2003; co-supervisors Prof. Snieder, Dr. Roy-Chowdhurry)
Dr. Peter van Thienen (PhD Nov 2003; co-supervisors Prof. Vlaar, Dr. van den Berg)
Mr. Joost van Summeren (co-supervisor: Dr. van den Berg)
Mr. Stefan Carpentier (co-supervisor: Dr. Roy-Chowdhurry)
Dr. Rebecca Saltzer (PhD 2001; now at ExxonMobil)
Dr. Frederik Simons (PhD 2002; now Professor, Princeton University)
Dr. Hrafnkell Kárason (PhD 2002; co-Supervisor Prof. Hager)
Dr. Maureen Long (PhD 2006; now Professor, Yale University)
Mr. Hugh Cox (MSc July 2002)
Ms. Rosalee Lamm (MSc July 2006)
Dr. Chang Li (PhD 2007; now at Chevron, Houston)
Dr. Ping Wang (PhD 2007; now at C.G. Veritas, Houston)
Dr. Huajiang Yao (PhD 2009; Professor of Geophysics, University of Science and Technology China)
Dr. Scott Burdick (PhD 2012; now Assistant Professor, Wayne University)
Dr. Qin Cao (PhD 2011; now at Shell, Houston)
Dr. Hui Huang (PhD 2013; now at C.G. Veritas, Houston)
Dr. Xuefeng Shang (PhD 2013; now at Shell, Houston)
Dr. Chunquan Yu (PhD 2016; now postdoctoral fellow, California Institute of Technology)
Ms. Eva Golos (2012—)

Mr. Harry Matchette-Downes (2015—)
Ms. Shunjuan Mao (2015—)
Mr. Eric Beaucé (2016—)


Geoff Clitheroe (ANU), Heather Hooper (MIT)