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2012 T.R. Higgins Award-Winner Publishes Second Novel
Posted by Tasha Weiss on October 16, 2012 at 3:48 PM.

emancipating-death-540×810.jpgMichel Bruneau, P.E., Ph.D., professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University of Buffalo, N.Y., and the recipient of the 2012 AISC T.R. Higgins Award, is also an award-winning fiction writer and has recently published his second novel, The Emancipating Death of a Boring Engineer.


Bruneau’s roots in writing fiction go back to his childhood, and in 1998 he published his first book, a collection of short stories written in French. Then in 2010 he published his award-winning novel, Shaken Allegiances. A fictional account of what ensues when a devastating earthquake strikes Montreal Island in the dead of an icy winter, the Kafkaesque tale was well-received by readers and critics alike.


His new novel is a fictional story about one engineer’s unconventional journey, searching for significant numbers, good wines and the meaning of life, love and death.


Bruneau says of his new novel, “In contrast to my previous novel, The Emancipating Death of a Boring Engineer is an uplifting story with an upbeat ending, because it was written with a pen of a different color.”


Print and e-book versions of the novel can be ordered from online retailers worldwide (Amazon, Apple’s iBookstore, Kobo, etc.) as well as purchased at brick-and-mortar bookstores. For more details on Bruneau’s new novel and previous work, visit


Bruneau, the engineer as writer, is featured in the Februrary 2012 issue of MSC, in our monthly “People to Know” section. Click here to read the article online. To learn more about Bruneau, both as novelist and engineer, visit his website:

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