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Dr. Michel Bruneau, New Deputy Director of MCEER

BUFFALO, N.Y. , August 4, 1998--The Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER), has named Michel Bruneau, Ph.D., deputy director. Bruneau, formerly director of the Ottawa-Carleton Earthquake Engineering Research Centre at the University of Ottawa, Ontario, joined MCEER in August. He is responsible for coordinating the center's nationwide research program in advanced technology applications. He has also been appointed professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo.

Bruneau succeeds T.T. Soong, Ph.D., Samuel Capen Professor of Engineering Science at UB, who has served as MCEER deputy director since last year's departure of Ian Buckle, Ph.D., who left to become deputy vice chancellor for research at the University of Aukland, New Zealand.

"Dr. Bruneau, with rich experience in basic earthquake engineering research, structural engineering practice, and project management, brings a unique combination of talents to the center," said George C. Lee, Ph.D., MCEER director. "We are extremely pleased to welcome him to the MCEER team."

Andrei Reinhorn, Ph.D., chair and professor of the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at UB, added that Bruneau brings important expertise in structural design to the department's program in bridge engineering.

An authority on seismic evaluation and retrofit of steel bridges, buildings and masonry infrastructure, Bruneau is one of six founders of the Ottawa-Carleton Earthquake Engineering Research Centre, which he has headed since its inception in 1994. He also has served as director of the University of Ottawa structures laboratory, and as associate professor of engineering in the university's department of civil engineering.

A recipient of the Gzowski Medal, for the best paper in the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering in 1994, Bruneau received the Pratley Award given by the same journal in 1996 for the best paper in the field of bridge engineering. Bruneau also was the first to receive the University of Ottawa Young Researcher Award.

Previously, Bruneau was a consulting engineer with Morrison Hershfield Limited, a Canadian consulting firm specializing in structural and transportation engineering, and project management. He holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Laval, Quebec, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in structural engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Bruneau has served as a consultant on earthquake design and retrofit, to engineering firms in the United States and Canada.

Currently he is taking part in the review of proposed changes to Canada's national building code. He also serves on the Seismic Committee of the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code, the American Society of Civil Engineers Steel Bridge Committee, and the Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering Standing Committee on Seismic Design.

He has participated in numerous post-earthquake reconnaissance investigations in the U.S. and abroad, including those in Kobe, Japan (1995), Northridge, California (1994), Erzincan, Turkey (1992), San Francisco, California (1989), and Mexico City, Mexico (1985).

Bruneau is co-author of "Ductile Design of Steel Structures," published by McGraw-Hill in 1997, and author of numerous book chapters and technical papers. He is a member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering.

MCEER is a nationwide consortium on earthquake engineering research, headquartered at the University at Buffalo. Funded principally by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the state of New York and the Federal Highway Administration, the center was established by the NSF in 1986 as the National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research. The center's mission is to reduce earthquake damage and losses through multidisciplinary team research and the application of advanced technologies that improve engineering, pre-earthquake planning and post-earthquake recovery strategies.

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