Emile Okal is Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at Northwestern University. He came to the Northwestern in 1984, following studies at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (M.S., 1972), and the California Institute of Technology (Ph.D., 1978).
Author of 200 publications in leading journals, Okal's research interests are in seismology, the structure of the Earth's interior, marine geosciences, volcanism, underwater acoustics, and tsunamis. He has led numerous international post-tsunami research teams, including those in French Polynesia (1999), Southern Peru (2001), Sumatra (2004), and Fjord Aysén, Chile (2007). He was Editor of Geophysical Research Letters from 1993-1995, and Editor-in-Chief from 1996-1997.
He is involved in teaching and advising at all levels in the University.