Taka'aki Taira received his B.S. (1999) from Yamagata University and his M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2004) in Geophysics from Hokkaido University. From 2004-2007, he took a C.V. Starr postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at Carnegie Institution for Science. He was then a postdoctoral fellow at University of Utah before joining Berkeley Seismological Laboratory (BSL) as an Assistant Research Seismologist in 2008. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Research Seismologist in 2014. He was awarded Young Scientist Award (2011) from Seismological Society of Japan and Young Scientists' Prize, The Commendation for Science and Technology (2016) from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). He is heavily involved in the operations of Northern California Earthquake Data Center (NCEDC) to maintain and improve station metadata and waveform quality. He is also currently serving as the editor of Data Mine column in Seismological Research Letters.

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