Seth Stein is Deering Professor of Geological Sciences at Northwestern. He graduated from MIT in 1975 (B.S) and Caltech (Ph.D) in 1978. He was awarded the James B. Macelwane Medal of the American Geophysical Union, elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and Geological Society of America, and named to the Institute for Scientific Information Highly Cited Researchers list. He was one of the organizers of EarthScope, a national initiative to dramatically advance our knowledge of the structure and evolution of North America, served as Scientific Director of the consortium of universities using GPS for earth science, and been Visiting Senior Scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He is a coauthor of a widely used seismology textbook, edited a variety of other books, and was editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research. He started Northwestern's Environmental Science program, served as a Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology/Seismological Society of America Distinguished Lecturer, and authored more than 100 scientific publications.