Ken Hudnut is the Science Advisor for Risk Reduction for the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS). He ensures that USGS hazards science is being applied to help solve societally relevant problems. To help understand the San Andreas Fault system and the behavior of faults in general, he has studied earthquakes worldwide using satellite & airborne imagery along with field work to provide ground truth. In 2017, he received the Ivan I. Mueller Award for distinguished service and leadership from the American Geophysical Union. In 2018 he will receive the Meritorious Service Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior. He has served as a geophysicist studying earthquakes for the USGS office in Pasadena, California since 1992. He is a Visiting Associate in Geophysics at Caltech and a lecturer on engineering geology in Civil & Environmental Engineering at UCLA. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia in 1989, and his A.B. (high honors) from Dartmouth in 1983.