Brady Cox, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineer,
Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall, Rm. 9.227
Designing a quake-resistant building starts with the soil. The stiffness of the soil has a profound effect. The stiffness is quantified by a sheer wave velocity, the speed waves that are generated by the earthquake travel through the soil. The softer the soil, the stronger the impact. Information about the soil, then, informs structural engineers and government officials about what is needed in given areas. One building code doesn't fit all soils.
Brady Cox is an assistant professor of civil engineering at the University of Texas-Austin. Cox specializes in geotechnical engineering issues related to earthquake loading, soil dynamics and nondestructive material characterization using stress waves. He a member of teams sent to examine earthquake aftermath in New Zealand, Haiti, Japan, Peru, Hawaii, Seattle and Turkey. His research focuses on soil liquefaction, earth-retaining structures, dynamic site characterizations, site response analysis and building standards.