Academic Programmes - Student Biographies


Fred Tugume

Ph.D. Degree Candidate
Penn State University

I am from Uganda and am employed by the Department of Geological Survey and Mines, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, as a Geophysicist. I hold B.Sc (Hons) and M.Sc (Seismology) from Makerere University, Uganda and University of Bergen, Norway respectively.

My duties at the Department of Geological Survey and Mines Department involves ensuring smooth running and management of the Uganda Seismological Network, such as ensuring that seismic stations are up and running, data is collected and analyzed timely, advising the Ministry on issues related to earthquake seismology.

I am the Technical point of contact on issues concerning the running of the IRIS/UCSD, CTBTO Auxiliary station in Uganda. I am also an active member in the East and Southern Africa Regional Seismological Working Group. A regional group involved in earthquake seismology research.

During fall of 2006, I commenced my postgraduate studies at the Pennsylvania State University studies leading to a Ph.D.

From 8/2007 to 12/2009 I will help install and operate 10 broadband stations in Uganda as part of AfricaArray. I will use the data collected for my theis research, focusing on surface wave tomography and receiver function analysis to image crust and upper mantle structure in Uganda, and local seismicity to map seismically active faults