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Brett Maurer

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Associate Professor
Civil & Environmental Engineering


Brett Maurer joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as Assistant Professor in 2017. Maurer received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Syracuse University in 2009 and 2011, respectively, and his PhD from Virginia Tech in 2016. Maurer’s primary research focus is geotechnical earthquake engineering, including soil liquefaction, paleoseismology, life-cycle hazard mitigation, seismic site characterization, machine and deep learning, remote sensing, and post-earthquake investigation. With respect to the latter, he has performed reconnaissance and research following earthquakes in the United States and New Zealand. Maurer's contributions as a doctoral student were recognized with several awards, including Best Paper by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute; Best Presentation by the Seismological Society of America; and Best Poster by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Most recently, Maurer was awarded the Norman Medal, the highest honor granted by ASCE for a technical contribution, as well as a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Maurer's teaching has also been recognized by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the College of Engineering via an Outstanding Teaching Award and Faculty Appreciation for Career Education and Training Award.


  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2016
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 2011
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 2009