Associate Professor Nawawi Chouw


  • Associate Professor

Nawawi Chouw gained his diploma in civil engineering from the Ruhr University Bochum in Germany. After working in a group of consulting engineers in Germany he returned to the research centre on structural dynamics at the Ruhr University Bochum, and in 1993 he was awarded his doctorate. He joined the Okayama University in Japan in 1994, and was promoted to associate professor in 1999. Before joining The University of Auckland, he worked in Australia. The University of Western Australia awarded him the Gledden Fellowship twice; 2003 and 2006. He was also invited to teach at several universities in Europe.


Diplom-Ingenieur, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
Doktor-Ingenieur, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany



  • Faculty staffing committee member
  • Recruitment of foreign postgraduate students
  • Internal assessor of postgraduate projects and theses
  • International faculty committee member

Research | Current


  • Dynamics of soil-structure systems
  • Holistic seismic design
  • Numerical and experimental simulation of nonlinear soil-structure interaction
  • Vibration reduction
  • Man-made vibrations
  • Moving load and wave propagation
  • Dynamic behaviour of adjacent structures
  • Experimental investigation of composite structures


Research groups

Teaching | Current


  • CIVIL 314 Structural Dynamics
  • CIVIL 710 Advanced Structural Dynamics
  • CIVIL 720 Earthquake Engineering
  • CIVIL 727 Dynamics of Structures in Earthquakes


2016: J.M. Ko Medal of the International Journal of Advances in Structural Engineering for the most outstanding 

          paper in terms of quality and impact for the year 2013

2016: Supervisor of the Best PhD thesis by Dr L. Yan in a worldwide competition

2015: Supervisor of the Best PhD thesis by Dr L. Yan, winner of the VC's Prize (currently Junior Professor,

          Technical University Braunschweig, Germany)

2014: Recognition for excellence in research supervision (twice), China Scholarship Council, China

2006: Gledden Fellowship, University of Western Australia, Australia

2003: Gledden Fellowship, University of Western Australia, Australia

2002: The Best Research Prize for the best research work in Earthquake Engineering, Chugoku Denryoku

          Research Foundation, Japan

1996: Fritz-Peter-Müller Prize for outstanding research in Structural Dynamics, Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany




Director of the University of Auckland Centre for Earthquake Engineering Research (UACEER)

Associate Editor: Frontiers in Built Environment – Earthquake Engineering

Editor: Materials

Editor: Shock and Vibration

Editorial board:

Guest Editor:

  • Shock and Vibration

  • Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering

  • Protective Structures

  • Mathematical Problems in Engineering (twice)

Areas of expertise

  • Soil and structural dynamics
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Natural fibre reinforced composite

Committees/Professional groups/Services


Professional affiliations

  • New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE)
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
  • German Society for Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics (DGEB)
  • Institute of Professional Engineers (IPENZ)




Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 2, Room 213
New Zealand

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