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Brian Brenner, P.E.
Professor of Practice, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate, Fay Spofford & Thorndike


1984, M.S. in Civil Engineering, Mass. Institute of Technology (Thesis Title: "Computerized Graphical Solutions for Flow in Porous Media")
1982, B.S. in Civil Engineering, Mass. Institute of Technology


CEE 10 Introduction to Civil Engineering
CEE 25 Concrete Design
CEE 94 Bridge History and Aesthetics
CEE 125 Advanced Concrete Design
CEE 129 Bridge Design and Rehabilitation
EN 93 Bridge Design


Tufts Buildable Bridges

Appointments at Tufts University

Professor of Practice, January 2004 to present

Professional Practice

Associate, Fay Spofford & Thorndike
Experience as a structural/geotechnical engineer and project manager for railroad and highway bridges (prestressed concrete, steel), new and renovated; cut-and-cover tunnels; rehabilitation of existing tunnels; value engineering of large highway and subway projects; development of computer-aided design methods; analysis and design for soil-structure interaction; construction staging and analysis of deep excavations/underground construction; project manager for design contracts; project manager and group supervisor for technical analysis/design projects


"Whatever Happened to Long Term Bridge Design" (start of project- January 2008). A National Science Foundation �" Partnership for Innovation (PFI) project, with the University of New Hampshire, Fay Spofford & Thorndike and Geocomp Inc, to develop baseline modeling and protocol for incorporating structural health monitoring into the design process

"Structural Analysis and Modeling of the Maurice J. Tobin Bridge (Start of project - July 2008). Sponsored by the Massachusetts Port Authority, the team of researchers and engineers from Tufts University, Fay Spofford & Thorndike, the University of New Hampshire, and Geocomp Inc will develop three dimensional finite element models of the bridge, the largest in Massachusetts. The work includes analysis/design verification via a program of instrumentation, and development of the start of a structural health monitoring system.


  • 1991 Young Engineer of the Year, awarded by Massachusetts Society of Professional Engineers
  • Winner, 1990 William Barclay Parsons Fellowship. Awarded by Parsons Brinckerhoff to acknowledge and support applied research. 1990 award granted for development of an automated analysis and design system for cut and cover tunnels.
  • Finalist, 1991 William Barclay Parsons Fellowship. Stipend granted to support development of applied expert system programming for conditions of long term bridge design.
  • 1993 Distinguished Civil Engineering Lecturer, University of Nevada, Reno, October 21, 1993
  • 1995 Award of Excellence, Society of Technical Communication, as Associate Editor of PB Network
  • 1996 Award of Excellence, Society of Technical Communication, as Associate Editor of PB Network
  • 1997 Award of Excellence, Society of Technical Communication, as Associate Editor of PB Network
  • 2000 President's Award, Boston Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2001 Clemens Herschel Award, Boston Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2005 Richards T. Torrens Award, ASCE
  • 2006 Judge, ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards
  • 2007 Starred Review in Publisher's Weekly for 'Don't Throw This Away! The Civil Engineering Life'
  • 2008 Keynote Speech Presentation at New Hampshire Engineer's Week
  • 2008 Henry and Madeline Fisher Award, Tufts Engineering School Teacher of the Year
  • 2009 Fellow Status, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2010 Keynote Speech Presentation, ASCE Ports Conference
  • 2011 Tisch Library Author's Talk Presentation "Bridginess: More of the Civil Engineering Life"

Professional Society Activity

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
    • Editor (emeritus), Journal of Leadership in Management and Engineering
    • Chair (emeritus) of Committee on Performance of Structures during Construction (SEI)
    • Chair (emeritus) of the EdAC-PAC Publications Committee
    • Editor (emeritus) of Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice
  • Boston Society of Civil Engineers
    • Structural Committee (Chair Emeritus)
    • Editorial Board, BSCES Journal Civil Engineering Practice (Chair Emeritus)
    • Secretary and Chair (emeritus), Newsletter Committee
  • Chi Epsilon
  • Transportation Research Board
    • Friend of Committee AC204, Tunnels


Registered Professional Engineer, MA Certificate 34336, March 13, 1989