Jonathan P. Stewart

Term: 2020-2023


Jonathan P. Stewart is a Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UCLA, where he has been a faculty member since 1996 and served as department chair from 2012-2018. He brings expertise in geotechnical earthquake engineering and engineering seismology. Jonathan serves on the Building Seismic Safety Council Provisions Update Committee and the Southern California Earthquake Center Planning Committee, and is co-principal investigator of the Geotechnical Extreme Event Reconnaissance Association.

Jonathan served as chief editor for the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering and editor of Earthquake Spectra.

Jonathan has received many awards for his work, including the Bruce Bolt Medal and the Joyner Lecture from EERI and Seismological Society of America, the Huber Prize and Casagrande Award from ASCE, and the NSF CAREER Award. Through many partnerships, his work has impacted the US National Seismic Hazard Maps; the Global Earthquake Model; building code documents (NEHRP Provisions and ASCE-7); and guidelines documents for tall buildings (Tall Buildings Initiative), existing structures (ASCE-41), soil-structure interaction, and landslide hazards.


I consider EERI to be the most important professional society in earthquake engineering and related disciplines due to its effectiveness in disseminating knowledge and best practices in earthquake hazard reduction, its work to introduce the field to students and other younger members, and its role to bridge the gaps between researchers and practitioners. I have been an EERI member since 1994 and contributed to many EERI committees. From 2013 to 2018, I served as Editor of Earthquake Spectra, during which time I worked with the editorial board, EERI staff, and the Board of Directors to address a series of challenges and to advance the operational efficiency and scholarly stature of the journal.

I am honored to have been nominated for your consideration as a potential EERI Board Member. I would bring to the office a record of engineering leadership marked by consensus building and practical problem-solving.

I envision several opportunities that could be pursued by EERI:

  • Remembering that the ‘R’ in EERI is for Research, I see a role for the institute to catalyze major research initiatives of broad importance to the profession, but which are too large in scope for an individual researcher or research group to undertake. Leveraging the strength of EERI’s diverse membership, EERI can help define such research problems, facilitate team building, and advocate for research funding.
  • Earthquakes are among a spectrum of natural disasters that threaten society. Through our annual meetings and webinars, EERI can foster communication across different natural hazard risk communities to enable our experience and best practices to benefit others, and vice-versa.
  • Within the earthquake engineering community, there exist specialty areas in which standards have evolved in different directions than the profession writ large. We can learn from each other, which can be facilitated by EERI.

I see a strong future for EERI as we strive to advance the profession for the benefit of public safety and community resilience. I would welcome the opportunity to serve.