UC Berkeley
Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at UC Berkeley

Dr. Steven Glaser has worked on many aspects of rock mechanics and rock physics, most often by applying principles from geophysics. His work in this field has been published in Nature, Journal of Geophysical Research and other significant journals.

Glaser currently operates the largest ecological wireless network in the world, monitoring forest hydrology of snow melt and water balance in the Sierra Nevada. 

Glaser’s wireless sensor networks research covers a wide range of applications - from the first use of the Berkeley Mote to monitor the seismic safety of wood-frame houses to measuring the seismic response of the Masada Mountain in Israel to measuring environmental hazards at Chinese historical sites such as Dunhuang.

UC Water Connection: 

Prof. Glaser brings his expertise in sensing technologies to bear on practical issues of accounting for mountain water resources--that is 66% of the state's water. With Ram Akella, he earned a 2015-2016 UC Water Seed Grant to clarify the signal in sensor data. 


Steven D. Glaser is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, distinguished affiliate professor at the Technical University of Munich, and a research scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Glaser’s engineering training was at The University of Texas at Austin.  He also has a B.A. in philosophy from Clark University, 1975.  He completed the apprentice program of Local 77 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, following which Glaser worked eight years as a driller, including one year in Iraq.

Glaser was awarded the Basic Research Award, 1993, by the US National Committee for Rock Mechanics, and a Fulbright Fellowship in 2003.