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Chukwuebuka C. Nweke

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Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (starting Fall 2021)

Education

  • 2017, Doctoral Degree, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California - Berkeley
  • 2013, Master's Degree, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California - Berkeley
  • 2012, Bachelor's Degree, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California - Davis

Biography


Dr. Nweke is currently an Assistant Professor in the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering. He earned his B.S degree from the University of California, Davis, and his M.S and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. After graduate school, he was an NSF-AGEP (Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate) California Alliance Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles, and prior to joining USC, he was practicing engineering consultant.

- Postdoctorate Scholar, 2017 - 2020, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Summary


Dr. Nweke focuses on applying components of data analytics (including statistical analysis, machine learning, and database management) to solve problems at the intersection of geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, seismology, and geomorphology. His research interests are modeling geo-materials, and investigating seismic and other natural hazards at the local (site) and regional scales. This includes characterizing sedimentary basin effects in earthquake ground motions, assessing and evaluating physics-based earthquake simulations, and investigating the mechanical behavior (static and dynamic) of bio-cemented soils.

Additional applications include 1) earthquake ground motion spatial variability on the performance of lifeline infrastructure systems, 2) novel data acquisition methods for hazard reconnaissance (Structure-from-Motion, Lidar, Synthetic Aperture Radar-based maps), and 3) cloud-based data management and computation for hazard analysis, resilient infrastructure designs, and post-hazard assessments.

Awards


  • 2017 California Alliance Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 2016 University of California Dissertation Fellow
  • 2012 NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Graduate Fellow
Appointments

Office
  • KAP 216B
  • Kaprielian Hall
  • 3620 South Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089

Contact Information
  • chukwueb@usc.edu

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