Brett Maurer

Assistant Professor
Civil & Environmental Engineering


Brett Maurer joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as assistant professor in geotechnical engineering in January 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, in-situ soil characterization, and post-earthquake investigation. With respect to the latter, he has performed reconnaissance and research following earthquakes in the United States and New Zealand. His contributions as a doctoral student were recognized with several awards, including Best Student Paper by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute; Best Student Presentation by the Seismological Society of America; and Best Student Poster by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Most recently, Maurer was awarded the 2016 Norman Medal, the highest honor granted by ASCE.


  • 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