Prof. Laura Valentina Socco

Prof. Laura Valentina Socco

Professor in Applied Geophysics

Department of Engineering of Environment


Laura Valentina Socco, is presently Full Professor in Applied Geophysics at the Department of Engineering of Environment, Land and Infrastructures (DIATI) of the Politecnico di Torino.

Prof Socco works on developing geophysical techniques for near surface investigation in applications ranging from, seismic hazard and engineering, to hydrocarbon and mineral exploration, environment and cultural heritage. In the last twenty years, she has focused her research work on surveying techniques based on the propagation of seismic surface waves for estimating subsurface velocity models and on geophysical data integration techniques.

In 2013 Prof Socco has been chosen as Honorary Lecturer by the SEG. In 2014 she has received the Conrad Schlumberger Award (EAGE).  In 2019 Prof Socco has received the Outstanding Educator Award from SEG. She has been Editor in Chief of Geophysics from 2017 to 2019.

Prof Socco is author of more than 150 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals and conferences. She has been awarded with a honourable mention in the category best paper in Geophysics in 2012, 2013 and 2016. She has been chair-person of the Near Surface Division Committee of EAGE and member of EAGE Board (2014-16). She has been Associate Editor (2003-2013) Assistant Editor (2013-2017) of Geophysics and she has been Associate Editor (2006-2013) of Near Surface Geophysics. 

She is Chair of the education programs in Environmental Engineering and of Georesources and Geoenergy Engineering (former Petroleum and Mining Engineering) of Politecnico di Torino since 2018.

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