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Timothy Masterlark
South Dakota Mines

Timothy Masterlark is a Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering at South Dakota Mines, where he specializes in Geophysics and Numerical Methods. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, after which he accepted an appointment to the USGS National Center for EROS and went on to accept a faculty position at The University of Alabama. His research team develops numerical simulations of magma migration, earthquakes, tsunami genesis, and geothermal systems. These simulations use satellite, field, and laboratory measurements to unravel the rich complexity of processes and structures beneath the Earth's surface. He authored more than 160 publications and was the Principal Investigator for numerous research grants from NASA, NSF, and USGS. He served as Associate Editor for Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth. He serves on the advisory team for NASA's Earth Surface and Interior program and regularly serves on review panels for U.S. and foreign scientific agencies. Dr. Masterlark is the Honorary Commander for the Munitions Squadron, 28th Bomb Wing, USAF. Prior to his academic career, he served as a paratrooper in the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division - America's Guard of Honor.

State Department Profile

Bureau of Diplomatic Security
Operations Planning and Innovation (OPI) Team

Dr. Masterlark serves as a science advisor for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Operations Planning and Innovation (OPI) Team. His service is an immersion in the DS culture. His first assignment was the FACT course, where he earned ESCAPE certification for High Threat posts. On behalf of the OPI Team, Dr. Masterlark engages a variety of Emergency Planning activities and is slated to participate in upcoming joint DoS-DoD field exercises. His contributions to Diplomatic Security include Curriculum Development, Process and Proposal development, Data Analysis, Emergency Planning, and Risk and Hazard Assessments. Dr. Masterlark established a DS presence with the DoS Diplomacy Lab program. His academic expertise in Geophysics includes numerical simulations of earthquakes, tsunamis, and active volcanoes to account for satellite, field, and laboratory observations.