Structural engineering; Earthquake-resistant design; Blast engineering; Multi-hazard design; Dynamic response of structures; Seismic evaluation and retrofit of bridges and buildings; Ultimate behavior of steel, metal, and advanced composite structures
Dr. Bruneau has conducted extensive research on the seismic evaluation and retrofit of existing bridges and buildings subjected to large destructive forces up to collapse. This research has encompassed the development and large-scale experimental validation of various metallic energy-dissipating design concepts to enhance the resilience of structures against extreme events. This work has contributed to the adoption of special design requirements for ductile steel walls, ductile bridge diaphragms, tubular eccentrically braced frames, structural fuses, and controlled-rocking piers. Recent focus has been on the development of multi-hazard resistant design concepts capable of simultaneously providing an adequate level of protection against collapse under both seismic and blast loading. Dr. Bruneau has conducted numerous reconnaissance visits to disaster stricken areas, and is a member of many professional and technical code-writing committees. He served as MCEER Director from 2003-2008, and Deputy Director from 1998-2003.