Chukwuma has authored numerous publications and lectures widely on structural engineering topics and the earthquake performance of buildings.
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Chukwuma Ekwueme is a principal in the Structural Engineering practice. In a career spanning more than 25 years, he has developed an extensive background in the structural design and analysis of a wide variety of structure types and materials.
Expert in Earthquake Engineering
Chukwuma is skilled in the analysis and design of earthquake-resistant structures and is adept at improving structural performance by using advanced technology such as base isolation, external dampers and fiber-reinforced composites. His many building design and seismic retrofit projects include the new air traffic control tower at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada, the One Santa Fe mixed-Use development in Los Angeles, California, and the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Pasadena, California. He has provided failure-analysis and expert- witness support for numerous projects, including the World Trade Center Collapse, New York, New York.
Academic and Professional Contributions
For several years, Chukwuma has lectured on the topic of civil engineering and special seismic review at University of California, Los Angeles Extension’s division of engineering, and as an instructor at the Irvine Institute of Technology, both located in California. He also actively participates in the development of national structural engineering building standards and serves as a voting member of the Masonry Standards Joint Committee, which develops building codes for masonry design.
Outside of Work
Chukwuma is an avid soccer fan and played in local semi-professional soccer leagues for several years. Now, he stays active by running and enjoys spending as much time with his family as possible.
• Structural analysis and design
• Earthquake engineering
• Seismic retrofit
• Concrete, steel, masonry and light-frame structures
• Expert witness
• Forensic Investigations
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