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Juan Carlos Araiza, Ph.D., P.E.

SVP, Large Complex Loss and Global Practice Lead


San Antonio Service Center
500 Sandau Road, Ste. 300
San Antonio



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  • Professional summary

    Dr. Araiza has over twenty years of design, construction, research, and technical leadership experience related to the evaluation of existing structures, forensic engineering, and expert witness services. He also has extensive experience with structural dynamics and advanced finite element modeling applied to failure analysis. He has led the forensic investigation of some of the most significant structural collapses in the U.S. in the last few years, including the 2018 collapse of the FIU Bridge in Miami and the 2019 collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans.

    Dr. Araiza holds a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering. His experience includes failure investigations of a wide variety of buildings, transportation, water, and power facilities in the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. He is an active member of the ASCE Forensic Engineering Division and ACI Committee 444 on Structural Health Monitoring. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the States of Texas, Florida, California, Maryland, Arkansas, and in Mexico.

    As Vice President with EFI Global, Juan Carlos and the Large Loss Practice provide world-class engineering consulting services on large and complex property losses to facility owners, insurance carriers and re-insurers, independent adjusters, and attorneys.

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Forensic Engineering
    • Structural Failure Analysis
    • Structural Analysis/Finite Element Analysis
    • Non-destructive Testing and Structural Health Monitoring
    • Leadership on Consulting Engineering Services

    For additional information, please contact Myria Loper, EA to Dr. Araiza at


  • Education

    Ph.D. Structural Engineering – European Doctorate Mention, Barcelona Tech, Spain, 2003.
    B.Sc., Civil Engineering – Honors, Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes, Mexico, 1996

  • Certifications

    Professional Engineer, Texas, #110876
    Professional Engineer, Florida, #79944
    Professional Engineer, California, #C80119
    Professional Engineer, Arkansas, #17973
    Professional Engineer, Maryland, #51768
    Registered Engineer in Mexico, #2560494 (Civil Engineering)
    NCEES Record holder
    USAV Pilot License (Drones) by FAA

  • Disciplines
    • Catastrophe Response Team - Forensic Engineering and Investigation
    • Engineering - Building Envelope Design and Consulting
    • Engineering - Civil
    • Engineering - Structural, Building
    • Engineering - Structural, Bridge
    • Engineering - Construction Defect Evaluations
    • Engineering - Forensic Engineering
    • Engineering - Property Condition Assessments
    • Engineering-Earthquake Damage Assessment
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