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Jonathan P. Stewart

Jonathan P. Stewart, Professor and Chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined UCLA in 1996 as an Assistant Professor. Stewart has previously served as the department’s Vice Chair for Undergraduate Studies, and most recently as Vice Chair for Graduate Studies before being named Chair in 2012.

Stewart’s primary research interests are in geotechnical earthquake engineering and engineering seismology, with emphases on seismic soil-structure interaction, earthquake ground motion characterization, seismic performance of levees and other embankments, and seismic ground failure. His research has included case history studies of the seismic field performance of infrastructure in California, Taiwan, Turkey, Japan, Greece, Italy, and India. Results from Stewart’s research group are widely utilized in engineering practice, including ASCE-7 (for new structures), ASCE-41 (retrofit of existing structures) and additional guidelines documents for landslide risk and tall building design. Through 2012 he has been the advisor to 17 Ph.D. graduates and is currently advising or co-advising 10 Ph.D. students.

Stewart is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and has received the organization’s Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize and Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award. He has also received the Shamsher Prakash Research Award, , the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, the UCLA Engineering Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award, NSF CAREER award, and was a Fulbright Scholar. He is a former Chief Editor of the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering and will assume Chief Editor position for Earthquake Spectra in January 2013.

Stewart is a registered P.E. in California and regularly provides consultation to engineering firms and government agencies regarding risk assessment and design of civil infrastructure. He also holds an appointment at The European School for Advanced Studies in Reduction of Seismic Risk (ROSE).