Areas of Expertise:
earthquake engineering | earthquakes
Jonathan Stewart is a professor of civil and environmental engineering in the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and an expert in earthquake engineering with extensive experience documenting the effects of major earthquakes in California, Turkey, Taiwan, India and Greece. His particular expertise relates to the intensity of ground shaking and its effects on buildings, bridges, dams and levees. Stewart also studies ground failure, which involves permanent displacements of the ground due to earthquakes (e.g., liquefaction, landslides, surface fault rupture). He also led an earthquake simulation testing the strength of California’s levees.
He has extensive experience documenting the engineering effects of previous earthquakes, including the 1989 Loma Prieta and 1994 Northridge events in California, the 1999 Kocaeli and Duzce events in Turkey, the 1999 Ji-Ji earthquake in Taiwan, the 2001 Bhuj earthquake in India, and the 2008 Patras earthquake in Greece.