Office: 216B Kaprielian Hall


Phone: (213) 740-0574

Dr. Chukwuebuka C. Nweke

Provost's Assistant Professor

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 behaviors (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.


Postdoctoral Scholar, (2017 - 2020) University of California, Los Angeles

Ph.D., (2017) University of California, Berkeley

M.S., (2013) University of California, Berkeley

B.S., (2012) University of California, Davis


2021 - Present, Assistant Professor, University of Southern California

2020 - 2021, Staff Engineer, ENGEO Incorporated

2017 - 2020, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Los Angeles

2013 - 2017, Graduate Student Researcher, University of California, Berkeley

2010 - 2012, Student Assistant, University of California, Davis