About Kelly Liu


  • University Of CA - Los Angeles, Doctor of Philosophy, 1998

Kelly Liu

Geosciences&Geological&Pet Eng
B-43 McNutt Hall

573-341-6724 | liukh@mst.edu


  • University Of CA - Los Angeles, Doctor of Philosophy, 1998


Ph.D., Geophysics and Space Physics, 1998, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
M.S., Geophysics and Space Physics, UCLA, 1995
B.S., Exploration Geophysics, 1984, Department of Exploration, China University of Petroleum

2010- Professor, Missouri S&T
2006-2010 - Associate Professor, Missouri S&T
2005-2006 - Associate Professor, K-State
2000-2005 - Assistant Professor, K-State
1999-2000 - Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, K-State
1998-1999 - Post-doc, Carnegie Institution of Washington
1990-1992 - Visiting Scholar, UCLA
1984-1990 - Faculty, Exploration Geophysics, China University of Petroleum


Current research projects

  • Nature of a Low Velocity Anomaly in the Mantle Transition Zone Beneath the Western Great Plains Funded by National Science Foundation
  • A Numerical Modeling Study of the Thermal Evolution of Young Continental Rifts Funded by American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund

Research interests

Exploration of Earth's interior using geophysical methods especially passive and active seismology. Research interests include oil and gas exploration, harzard mitigation, crustal thickness and composition, mantle velocity structure and dynamics, and crustal and mantle seismic anisotropy.

Research keywords: Mantle flow; Asthenospheric flow; Seismic anisotropy; Continental crust; Mantle transition zone; Tibetan Plateau; Continental rift; Receiver functions; Poisson's ratio; Shear-wave splitting

More information can be found @ http://www.mst.edu/~liukh

Awards and recognition


  • Outstanding Educator Award Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 2021. Established in 1930, SEG is
    an international organization with over 14,000 members from 114
    countries. Every year, SEG only selects 1 or 2 Outstanding Educator
  • S&T College of Engineering and Computing Deans Educator (one of 3), 2020
  • S&T Faculty Teaching Award (one of 7), 2020
  • Elected Fellow, Geological Society of America (GSA), 2017
  • One of the five S&T Faculty Excellence award recipients, 2016
  • S&T Outstanding Teaching Award, 2007-2008, 2015-2016; 2017-2018; 2018-2019
  • S&T Mines and Metallurgy Academy Senior Faculty Award, 2016