Dr. 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. Specific areas of interest include (1) developing enhanced earthquake resistant building systems, (2) performance-based life-cycle design and assessment, (3) modeling the relationship between the performance of infrastructure systems within the built environment, and the ability of communities to minimize the extent of socioeconomic disruption following extreme events such as major earthquakes. This work relies heavily upon large-scale experimental testing, high-performance computing for structural simulations and advanced probabilistic methods.