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Chukwuma Ekwueme

Ph.D., P.E., S.E., LEED AP Principal


Chukwuma Ekwueme is a principal in the Structural Engineering practice. In a career spanning some three decades, he has developed an extensive background in the design and analysis of a wide variety of structure types and materials. 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 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 in New York City. Chukwuma is an instructor at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Extension division of engineering and Irvine Institute of Technology.


Ph.D., Structural Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

Engr., University of California, Los Angeles

M.S., Earthquake and Structural Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

B.Eng., Civil Engineering, University of Nigeria

Chukwuma has authored numerous publications and lectures widely on structural engineering topics, including the earthquake performance of buildings.