California Institute of Technology
Seismological Laboratory Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences

People

Vishagan Ratnaswamy

Vishagan Ratnaswamy

Grad Student in Aeronautics

BS Mechanical Engineering, 2009, New Jersey Institute of Technology
BS Applied Mathematics, 2009, New Jersey Institute of Technology
MS Mechanical Engineering, 2010, New Jersey Institute of Technology
MS Aerospace Engineering, 2011, California Institute of Technology

California Institute of Technology
Seismological Laboratory
1200 E. California Blvd., MS 252-21
So. Mudd Building, Rm 370
Pasadena, CA 91125

Phone: (626) 395-8906
Fax: (626) 564-0715
Email: vratnasw@gps.caltech.edu

Research

My research involves developing and applying inverse methods to plate motion governed by mantle flow. With these inverse methods we will invert for the strength at plate boundaries while matching surface observations such as plate velocities. Additionally, we will quantify the uncertainty of our inversions. This work is done with Professor Michael Gurnis as well as our collaborators at the University of Texas, Austin. Ultimately, we will apply these methods to global models to provide a realistic picture of the interplay between the coupling of plate boundaries with the occurrence of great earthquakes.