Mrinal K. Sen is a Professor of Geophysics and holder of the Jackson Chair in Applied Seismology in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, USA, and concurrently serves as the associate director of the Institute for Geophysics at the same institution. He is an affiliate faculty member of the computational sciences and engineering program at the same university. In 2013 and 2014, Mrinal served as the director of the National Geophysical Research Institute in Hyderabad, India. He received his MSc degree from IIT (ISM) Dhanbad, India, and his PhD from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA.
Mrinal is known internationally for his work on theoretical and computational seismology as well as geophysical inversion. He has supervised over 50 doctoral and postdoctoral students, created five courses in geophysics, authored a textbook that was nominated for an award, co-authored another widely used textbook that is now in its second edition at Cambridge University Press, taught 27 industry short courses, and authored or co-authored 16 book chapters and over 200 journal articles.
He has received many awards, including Honorary membership of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists “for extraordinary contributions as a geophysicist, educator and author”, the Joseph C. Walter Award for Research Excellence, the Distinguished Educator Award at the University of Texas, Decentennial Gold Medal of the Indian Geophysical Union, the Hari Narayan Award of the Geological Society of India, and the distinguished alumnus award from ISM and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.