Jonathan D. Bray

Jonathan Bray
Faculty Chair in Earthquake Engineering Excellence

Earthquake engineering, geotechnical engineering, physical and numerical modeling, and environmental geotechnics

Office 453 Davis Hall
Phone (510) 642-9843
Fax (510) 642-7476

Office Hours:

Office Hours in Room 453 Davis Hall: 

  • Tuesday 5:10-6:30 pm  

  • Thursday 9:00-10:20 am 

  • or by appointment.

Lectures in 406 Davis Hall: 

  • CE 175: Intro Geotech & Geoenv Engineering  TuTh 2:00-3:30 

  • CE 277: Adv Foundation Engineering  TuTh 11:00-12:30 


Jonathan Bray is the Faculty Chair in Earthquake Engineering Excellence at the University of California, Berkeley.  He earned engineering degrees from West Point, Stanford, and Berkeley.  Dr. Bray is a registered professional civil engineer and has served as a consultant on several important engineering projects and peer review panels. He has authored more than 350 research publications.  His expertise includes the seismic performance of earth structures, seismic site response, liquefaction and ground failure and its effects on structures, earthquake fault rupture propagation, and post-event reconnaissance.  Dr. Bray was elected into the US National Academy of Engineering and is a Fellow in ASCE. He has received several other honors, including the Seed Medal, Terzaghi Award, Ishihara Lecture, Peck Award, Joyner Lecture, Prakash Award, Huber Research Prize, Packard Foundation Fellowship, and NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award.


Ph.D. - Geotechnical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1990
M.S. - Structural Engineering, Stanford University, 1981
B.S. - United States Military Academy, 1980