Steven D. Glaser

Steven D. Glaser
Professor Emeritus
GeoSystems, Systems

Laboratory earthquakes and nanoseismology, wireless sensors networks, snow water hydrology, internet of water, geophysics and wave propagation, geothermal energy, rock mechanics

Phone (510) 295-9521
Fax (510) 642-7476

Office Hours:

  • Tuesday, 1 to 2 PM
  • by appointment


Steven D. Glaser is a professor in the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, distinguished affiliate professor at the Technical University of Munich, and a research scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Glaser’s engineering training was at The University of Texas at Austin.  He also has a B.A. in philosophy from Clark University, 1975.  He completed the apprentice program of Local 77 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, following which Glaser worked eight years as a driller, including one year in Iraq.

Glaser was awarded the Basic Research Award, 1993, by the US National Committee for Rock Mechanics, and a Fulbright Fellowship in 2003.

Glaser has worked on many aspects of rock mechanics and rock physics, most often by applying principles from geophysics.  He has pioneered nano-seismology, a quantitative alternative to acoustic emission, throughout his career.  His work in this field has been published in Nature, Journal of Geophysical Research and other significant journals.  His rock mechanics work has encompassed the nature of friction, fracture propagation, and practical aspects of geothermal energy mining.  In addition, Glaser currently operates the largest ecological wireless network in the world, monitoring forest hydrology of snow melt and water balance in the Sierra Nevada.  


Ph.D. - Geotechnical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1990

M.S. - Geotechnical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1986

B.S.C.E. - University of Texas at Austin, 1984

Journeyman - Int. Union Operating Engineers, L. 77, 1977

​​B.A. - Philosophy, Clark University, 1975