Jeffrey Berman is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo. Under the supervision of MCEER Director Michel Bruneau, Jeff is working on a project entitled “Seismic Retrofit Strategies for Steel Truss Bridge Piers.” His research area is the seismic retrofit of bridges with metallic damping devices, and he is also interested in blast resistant steel design and general structural engineering.
Jeff’s interest in earthquake engineering began early in his graduate studies. “The first project I worked on was ‘the seismic retrofit of hospitals with steel plate shear walls,’ which piqued my interest in seismic hazard mitigation and earthquake engineering,” he explains. He also credits the fact that he did his undergraduate work at UB, and asked Michel Bruneau to be his advisor when he began work on his master’s degree.
After graduating in either Fall 2005 or Spring 2006, Jeff hopes to obtain a faculty position. If he doesn’t find a position in academia, he plans to work in industry for a few years, and then return to teaching. While studying for his Ph.D., Jeff served as president of the MCEER Student Leadership Council from 2003 to 2005.
In July 2004, Jeff married his girlfriend of nine years, fifth-grade teacher Lisa Burdo, in their shared hometown of Plattsburgh, New York. Jeff and Lisa enjoy seeing live music, spending time outdoors (especially in the summer), relaxing with friends, and reading good books.