Welcome to the website for Henry Burton’s research group. Our research and teaching are broadly focused on improving the resilience of urban regions to natural disasters. Specific areas of interest include (1) developing enhanced earthquake resistant building systems, (2) performance-based life-cycle design and assessment, (3) modeling the relationship between the performance of infrastructure systems within the built environment, and the ability of communities to minimize the extent of socioeconomic disruption following extreme events such as major earthquakes. This work relies heavily upon large-scale experimental testing, high-performance computing for structural simulations and advanced probabilistic methods.

Dr. Burton joined the University of California, Los Angeles Civil and Environmental Engineering Department after completing his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering at Stanford University where Professor Gregory Deierlein was his thesis advisor. He has significant industry experience and is a registered structural engineer (S.E.) in the state of California.  Dr. Burton spent six years in practice at Degenkolb Engineers where he worked on a number of projects involving seismic design, evaluation and retrofit of existing buildings. Current major research projects include (1) developing a post-disaster recovery model for residential communities (NSF Award Number 1538747), (2) utilizing remote sensing to assess the implication of tall building performance on the resilience of urban centers (NSF Award Number 1538866) and (3) stochastic characterization of aftershock building collapse risk (USGS Award Number G16AP00006), (4) developing design and assessment principles for the next generation of resilient and sustainable buildings (NSF Award Number 1554714) and (5) developing performance-based design and assessment methods for self-centering steel braced frame systems with controlled rocking.

 

Recent News:

7/15/2016: Henry Burton became a Certified US Resiliency Council (USRC) Building Seismic Rating Professional.

7/1/2016: Henry Burton has been appointed as the Englekirk Presidential Endowed Chair in Structural Engineering at UCLA.

6/18/2016: Saber Moradi joined the Burton Research Group as a postdoctoral scholar. Saber received his PhD from University of British Columbia where his doctoral research focused on “Simulation, Response Sensitivity, and Optimization of Post-Tensioned Steel Beam-Column Connections”.

06/03/2016: Recent Journal Publication: Rocking Spine for Enhanced Seismic Performance of Reinforced Concrete Frames with Infills.

05/26/2016: Henry and Danielle celebrated the birth of their daughter, Halisi Niara Iya Burton. Halisi was born on May 26, 2016 at 6:37 p.m. She weighed 8 lbs and was 22 inches long at the time of her birth.

2/17/2016: Henry Burton gave a talk titled “A System Reliability-Based Approach to Assessing the Post-Earthquake Structural Safety of Buildings” at the 2016 Geotechnical and Structures Congress.

1/8/2016: Sharzad Dastmalchi joined the Burton Research Group.

1/8/2016: Henry Burton has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, the agency’s highest honor for faculty members at the start of their research and teaching career. The project is titled From Performance-Based Engineering to Resilience and Sustainability: Design and Assessment Principles for the Next Generation of Buildings.

12/16/2015: Our research group was awarded a new grant from United States Geological Survey (USGS). The project is titled Stochastic Characterization of Aftershock Building Collapse Risk. Henry Burton is the PI and Jon Stewart is the Co-PI.

9/10/2015: Congratulations to Mehrdad Shokrabadi on passing the PhD Prospectus (Qualifying) exam in CEE@UCLA

9/08/2015: Our research group was awarded two new grants from the National Science Foundation. The first project is titled  Utilizing Remote Sensing to Assess the Implication of Tall Building Performance on the Resilience of Urban Centers. Henry Burton is the PI and John Wallace is the Co-PI. The second project is titled Modeling Post-Disaster Housing Recovery Integrating Performance Based Engineering and Urban SimulationThis is a collaborative project with Scott Miles, who is a senior principal research scientist at University of Washington’s Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering and Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety, and Regional Resilience.

8/12/2015: Congratulations to Yu Zhang and Hua Kang on passing the preliminary Ph.D. exam in CEE@UCLA

07/24/2015: Henry Burton was recently awarded a grant through the University of California Office of the President for the UC-HBCU initiative, which seeks to establish sustained research partnerships between UC campuses and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This grant will support undergraduate students from Morgan State University over the course of three years, who will be employed as summer researchers in Professor Burton’s group. During the academic year, these students will continue their research activity with Dr. Monique Head, an Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Morgan State. Henry is an alumnus of Morgan State University (B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2002).

06/15/2015: Henry Burton participated in the inaugural planning workshop for the newly formed ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Division (IRD). The IRD’s primary role is to develop a common approach to advance the concepts of resilience in our nation’s civil infrastructure and lifeline systems, foster cross-communication and develop collaborations around the impacts of natural hazards on civil infrastructure, facilitate the development of guidelines and standards, and disseminate knowledge throughout the civil engineering community. Henry was tasked with leading an initiative on Resilience Metrics and Performance Objectives for Civil Infrastructure.

06/11/2015: Henry Burton gave a presentation to the California Seismic Safety Commission on Simulation-Based Tools for Understanding and Enhancing the Process of Post-Earthquake Recovery

06/01/2015: Henry Burton was awarded the UCLA Faculty Research Grant

05/26/2015: Recent Journal Publication: Framework for Incorporating Probabilistic Building Performance in the Assessment of Community Seismic Resilience

04/13/2015: Henry Burton gave a presentation at the University of California, San Diego graduate seminar on “Using Performance-Based Engineering as a Tool for Measuring Community Resilience

03/13/2015: Yu Zhang joined the Burton Research Group

03/10/2015: Newly Released! Seismic Performance Assessment Tool for Infill Frames (SPA-INFILL)

01/02/2015: Peng Jiao and Hua Kang joined the Burton Research Group

11/10/2014: Henry Burton was awarded the National Science Foundation Next Generation of Disaster Researchers Fellowship

9/30/2014: Henry Burton gave a talk on measuring community scale seismic resilience at the 3rd International Conference on Urban Disaster Risk Reduction

9/25/2014: Congratulations to Mehrdad Shokrabadi for passing the preliminary Ph.D. exam in CEE@UCLA

9/10/2014: Henry Burton received the Best Paper Award at the 4th International Conference on Building Resilience in Manchester, England for his paper, “Measuring the post-earthquake reduction and recovery of the shelter-in-place capacity of a residential community”

9/10/2014: Henry Burton gave a talk on assessing the resilience of residential communities to earthquakes at the 4th International Conference on Building Resilience in Manchester, England

9/3/2014: Mehrdad Shokrabadi joined the Burton Research Group

9/1/2014: Henry Burton joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UCLA