As the World Class Professor 2018 program kicked off at TDMRC, we had the privilege of welcoming Prof. Andrew V. Newman from the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences of Georgia Institute of Technology, as our first visiting professor. During his two-week visit, Prof. Newman delivered general lectures in geodesy, conducted field surveys in remote areas, and gave training in fault mapping using GIS.
Upon returning to the US, Prof. Newman expressed his cordial opinion about TDMRC in an email response. He wrote that he had been impressed with TDMRC and the range and level of research we are conducting. He also expressed a high appreciation for the World Class Professor (WCP) program. The WCP Scheme had enabled him to collaborate with researchers at TDMRC and Universitas Syiah Kuala, whom he “would have not been able to have worked with otherwise.”
Dr. Muksin Umar, Prof. Newman’s counterpart from TDMRC, in return visited Georgia Intitute of Technology a few weeks later. Dr. Muksin described further that Prof. Newman has supervised many world class researchers in geodesy, and that his visit to TDMRC has put emphasis on the importance of studying geodesy. One of the most important lessons from Prof. Newman was the urgency to be watchful of the potential earthquakes from the Seulimum Fault and the Aceh Segment.
Prof. Newman and Dr. Muksin have expressed mutual interest to continue research collaboration with integrative approach in the field of geodesy. We at TDMRC are pleased to give the necessary supports and looking forward to the impactful results of this collaboration.