Henry Burton, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named the inaugural holder of the Englekirk Presidential Chair in Structural Engineering.

The chair was established with a $500,000 gift from UCLA alumnus Robert Englekirk and his wife, Natalie. The Englekirk gift was matched dollar-for-dollar by the University of California Office of the President. The UCOP Presidential Endowed Chair program is designed to attract and retain distinguished faculty across disciplines by helping to fund new endowed chairs at all 10 UC campuses.

Burton joined the UCLA Engineering faculty in 2014. His research interests are in increasing the resilience of structures and communities in relation to natural hazards while incorporating sustainable practices in building construction, maintenance and operation. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

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