Skip to main content


Brett Maurer

Faculty Photo

Associate Professor
Civil & Environmental Engineering


Brett Maurer joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2017 after receiving B.S. and M.S. degrees from Syracuse University in 2009 and 2011, respectively, and a PhD from Virginia Tech in 2016. Maurer's primary research focus is geotechnical earthquake engineering, where he uses methods at the intersection of data science and geotechnics to address topics that include soil liquefaction and landslides, paleoseismology, hazard-mitigation economics, in-situ and remote site characterization, and post-earthquake investigation. For his contributions to teaching and research, Maurer has received awards that include the 2016 Norman Medal, the highest honor granted by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for a technical contribution; a National Science Foundation CAREER Award; a DesignSafe Outstanding Dataset Award; the 2021 Early Career Researcher Award from the U.S. Universities Council on Geotechnical Education and Research; the 2022 Arthur Casagrande Award from the ASCE Geo-Institute; and the 2023 Outstanding Earthquake Spectra Paper Award, in addition to several department and college recognitions for outstanding teaching and mentorship. 


  • 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