Jonathan D. Bray, Ph.D., F.ASCE, faculty chair in earthquake engineering excellence and professor of geotechnical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his contributions to earthquake engineering and advances in mitigation of surface faulting, liquefaction, and seismic slope failure.
Bray has been a registered professional civil engineer since 1985 and he has over 2 decades of experience in teaching and performing research in geotechnical engineering and earthquake engineering. Chair of the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association, he served as vice-president of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and as a member of the Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction.
Author of more than 250 research publications, his expertise includes surface fault rupture, ground motions, liquefaction, seismic slope stability, and postearthquake reconnaissance.
Recipient of ASCE’s Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize and Ralph B. Peck Lecture, Bray earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, his master’s degree from Stanford University, and his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. He also has been awarded the Joyner Lecture, the Prakash Research Award, the Packard Foundation Fellowship, and the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award.