DSC_2909-EdituntitledWelcome 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:

4/20/2017:Henry presented on Multiscale Models for Planning and Decision-Support in the Post-Earthquake Environment at the inauguration of the Materials and Structural Systems Division Seminar Series at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

4/6/2017:Han Sun presented on Inter-Building Interpolation of Peak Seismic Response using Spatially Correlated Demand Parameters at the 2017 Structures Congress in Denver, CO.

4/6/2017:Mehrdad Shokrabadi presented on Aftershock Seismic Risk in Reinforced Concrete Frames at the 2017 Structures Congress in Denver, CO.

3/1/2017:Henry Burton was recognized by the Structural Engineering Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) for his contribution to developing the design guides for retrofitting soft-story woodframe buildings per the LA Ordinance.

2/10/2017:Our research group was awarded a new grant from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). The project is titled A Reliability-Based Assessment of Orthogonal Effects and Ground Motion Directionality on the Seismic Demands in SCBF Columns.

2/09/2017:Henry Burton presented at the University of California, Irvine Graduate Seminar on From Performance-Based Engineering to Urban Resilience.

1/20/2017:Henry Burton presented on retrofitting soft-story wood-frame buildings per the LA Ordinance using the FEMA P-807 guidelines at the SEAOSC Winter Education Program.

1/11/2017:Henry Burton gave a talk at the 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering entitled Integrating Performance-Based Engineering and Urban Simulation to Model Post-Earthquake Housing Recovery. The talk was part of a special session on Future of Cities: Planning Today for the Seismic Risks of Tomorrow, which was Chaired by Gregory Deierlein.

12/17/2016:Henry Burton is a member of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center team that was awarded a $3.4 million grant by the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) for a research project on Quantifying the Performance of Retrofit of Cripple Walls and Sill Anchorage in Single Family Wood-frame Buildings. Henry’s research group at UCLA will be working on structural modeling and loss estimation for existing vulnerable and retrofitted wood-frame buildings with cripple walls and sill anchorage.

11/18/2016:Henry Burton participated in a panel discussion on The Engineer’s Role in Creating Resilient Cities at the Strengthening Our Cities SEAOSC Summit. Other panel members included Dr. Farzad Naeim (Farzad Naeim Inc.), Michael Cochran (Thornton Tomasetti) and Evan Reis (US Resiliency Council).

11/10/2016: Henry Burton gave a talk to the California Seismic Safety Commission entitled “Back to Normal: Earthquake Recovery Modeling”. The presentation was the culmination of a collaborative project with the Global Earthquake Model (GEM). The Burton Research Group developed a computational model for simulating post-earthquake recovery of communities which was implemented in GEM’s Integrated Risk Modeling Toolkit.

10/29/2016:Henry Burton attended a luncheon and networking event for UC-HBCU Fellows, which was hosted by UC President Janet Napolitano. President Napolitano noted in her address to the fellows that the UC-HBCU Program is on its way to becoming a permanent UC Initiative to increase the diversity of the academic pipeline.

10/20/2016: Henry Burton and Greg Deierlein gave a talk entitled “From Performance-Based Engineering to Urban Resilience at the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Northern California Chapter Meeting in San Francsico.

10/15/2016: Henry gave a talk entitled “Comparative Assessment of the Collapse Performance of Soft, Weak and Open Front Wall Wood-frame Buildings Retrofitted using Alternative Means” at the 2016 Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) Convention held in Maui.

10/14/2016: Henry gave a talk entitled “  Application of the US Resilience Council Seismic Rating Procedure to Two Tall Buildings Designed by Alternative Means” at the 2016 Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) Convention held in Maui.

9/28/2016: Henry gave a webinar entitled Pushover Analysis for Practicing Engineers  for the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California.

9/14/2016: Congratulations to Yu Zhang on passing the PhD Prospectus (Qualifying Exam) in CEE@UCLA.

9/14/2016: Li Zhiheng and Agam Tomar joined the Burton Research Group as PhD students.

8/15/2016: Ji Yun Lee joined the Burton Research Group as a postdoctoral scholar. Ji Yun received her PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology where her doctoral research focused on “Risk-informed decision for civil infrastructure exposed to natural hazards: Sharing risk across multiple generations“.

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