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Jonathan Stewart, Ph.D., P.E.


Outstanding Faculty Advisor for Student Groups


Dr. Stewart is a Geotechnical Engineering Professor at UCLA with a Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley.  He joined ASCE as a student member in 1985 and was part of the Berkeley concrete canoe teams that won national championships in 1988 and 1989. At UCLA, he is the ASCE Faculty Advisor, Member of UC Seismic Advisory Board, member of the Building Seismic Safety Council Provisions Update Committee, and was previously the Chief Editor of the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.  Former honors include Erskine Fellowship, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2020; Outstanding Paper Award for Vol. 33 (2017) of Earthquake Spectra, EERI, 2019 (with Kioumars Afshari and Christine Goulet); and Bruce Bolt Medal, Cosmos, EERI, and SSA, 2018.
Jonathan Stewart is an outstanding faculty advisor for his student chapter.  He attended the chapter’s end of the year banquet and encouraged the chapter as the year went on.  His chapter was recognized as being in the top third of ASCE student chapters, and it placed well in the 2022 Pacific Southwest Symposium.  Results from his research group are widely utilized in engineering practice, including a 2012 NIST guidelines document for soil-structure interaction, ground motion models used for the USGS National Seismic Hazard Model, ASCE-7 (for new structures), ASCE-41 (existing structures) and additional guidelines documents for landslide risk and tall building design.

His primary research interests are in geotechnical earthquake engineering and engineering seismology, with emphases on seismic soil-structure interaction, earthquake ground motion characterization, seismic ground failure, and the seismic performance of earth structures including structural fills and levee embankments. His research has involved: interpretation of earthquake strong motion data to gain insight into soil-structure interaction effects, characterize site effects, and to produce practical models for the prediction of ground motion intensity measures; cyclic field testing of earth structures and full-scale foundation components including shallow foundations, drilled shafts, and bridge abutment walls; advanced dynamic testing of soils in the laboratory; and case history studies of the seismic field performance of infrastructure in California, Taiwan, Turkey, Japan, Greece, Italy, and India. He is a registered P.E. in California and maintains an active consulting practice to assist engineering firms and government agencies with problems in geotechnical engineering and earthquake engineering.