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Scott J. Brandenberg, Ph.D.     

Associate Professor
Vice Chair of Undergraduate Studies
5731D Boelter Hall
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1593
sjbrandenberg@ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 825-9819      Fax: (310) 206-2222
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 Education
B.S., (2000), California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
M.S., (2002), University of California, Davis
Ph.D., (2005), University of California, Davis
 Statement of Research Interest
  My research interests are geotechnical earthquake engineering, geophysical imaging, data acquisition and signal processing, and numerical analysis. My current research projects are: (1) developing fragility functions for bridges in liquefied and laterally spreading ground, (2) developing design guidelines for pile foundations in liquefied ground, (3) evaluation of the seismic levee deformation by destructive cyclic field testing, (4) centrifuge modeling of the large-strain site response behavior of soft clays, (5) CPT-based ultrasonic imaging of jet grout columns, and (6) developing correlations between shear wave velocity and penetration resistance at Caltrans bridge sites.
 Research Projects
Influence of Kinematic SSI on Foundation-Input Motions for Bridges on Deep Foundations Sponsor: Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center; co-PI Jonathan P. Stewart; Graduate Student Researcher: Benjamin J. Turner.
Evaluation of Collapse and Non-Collapse of Parallel Bridges Affected by Liquefaction and Lateral Spreading Sponsor: Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center; co-PI Jonathan P. Stewart; Graduate Student Researcher: Benjamin J. Turner.
NEESRII: Evaluation of Seismic Levee Deformation Potential by Destructive Cyclic Field Testing Sponsor: National Science Foundation through NEESR program; co-PI's Jonathan P. Stewart (UCLA), Robb E.S. Moss (Cal Poly).
Fragility Functions for Bridges in Liquefied and Laterally Spreading Ground. Sponsor: Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center; co-PI: Jian Zhang (UCLA).
Evaluation of Nonlinear Site Response of Soft Clay using Centrifuge Models. Sponsor: National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, United States Geological Survey; co-PI: Jonathan P. Stewart (UCLA)
Innovative Topics: CPT-based p-wave Reflection Imaging of Embedded Objects. Sponsor: Caltrans.
Design Practice for Pile Foundations in Laterally Spreading Ground. Sponsor: Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center Lifelines Program; PI: Scott Ashford (Oregon State University), co-PI: Ross Boulanger, (UC Davis)
Simulation of Global Bridge Response to 3-D Shaking and Lateral Spreading. Sponsor: Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center Transportation Systems Research Program; co-PI: Jian Zhang (UCLA).
Shear Wave Velocity as a Statistical Function of Penetration Resistance and Vertical Effective Stress at California Bridge Sites. Sponsor: Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center Lifelines Program.
Measuring Pile Driving-Induced Ground Strains at an Archaeological Site. Sponsor: California Department of Transportation; co-PI: Bob Nigbor (UCLA).
Centrifuge Studies of Behavior of Pile Foundations in Liquefied and Laterally Spreading Ground
 Statement of Teaching Interest
  I strive to make my courses exciting and challenging for students. I utilize data from real-world engineering projects in my courses, which challenges students to handle the uncertainties and heterogeneities that exist in geologic materials that are often neglected in overly-simplified classroom assignments. I devote considerable one-on-one effort to each student, often holding meetings outside of my scheduled office hours. I realize that different students adopt different approaches to learning and I do my best to vary my lecturing style to accommodate.
 Selected Awards and Honors
2013 Shamsher Prakash Research Award
2012 ASCE Student Chapter Outstanding Professor Award
2010 ASCE Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award
2004 UC Davis prize for excellence in geotechnical engineering
2000 California Geotechnical Engineers Association scholarship
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