- M.S.C.E., Civil Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 1986
- B.S.C.E., Civil Engineering, Ohio Northern University, 1977
- Professional Engineer, Connecticut, #PEN.0024771
- Professional Engineer Civil, Delaware, #14505
- Professional Engineer Civil, Florida, #64521
- Professional Engineer Civil, Louisiana, #PE.0040963
- Professional Engineer Civil, Massachusetts, #48872
- Professional Engineer, Maryland, #45980
- Professional Engineer, Mississippi, #20227
- Professional Engineer, North Carolina, #32227
- Professional Engineer Civil, New Hampshire, #13243
- Professional Engineer, New Jersey, #24GE04637200
- Professional Engineer, New York, #82864
- Professional Engineer, Ohio, #PE.46862
- Professional Engineer, Rhode Island, #PE.0008602
- Professional Engineer Civil, Texas, #102533
- Professional Engineer Structural, Texas, #102533
- Professional Engineer, West Virginia, #24074
- Recipient of the 2014 "Forensic Engineer of the Year" Award, by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Forensic Engineering Division
- Guest lecturer, Columbia University, New York, NY. Courses CIEN E4212 Structural Failures: Cases, Causes, Lessons Learned, and CIEN E4210 Forensic Structural Engineering
- American Society of Civil Engineers
- American Concrete Institute
- Structural Engineer's Association of New York
- Professional Committees
- Served as member of task force that made recommendations for updating the 2014 Building Code of the City of New York
- Served as member of ASCE/SEI 37 standard "Design Loads for Structures During Construction"
- Served as member of ASCE/SEI 7 standard "Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures"
- ASCE Technical Council on Forensic Engineering: Past Chair of Executive Committee
- SEAoNY (Structural Engineers Association of New York): participated on Underpinning Task Force, 2004-2006, which provided recommendations to NYC Department of Buildings
- Participated on REBNY's (Real Estate Board of New York) task force that made recommendations to NYC Department of Buildings regarding façade inspections, which resulted in Local Law 11-98
Mr. Peraza has over 40 years of broad structural and civil engineering experience and is licensed in 17 states. His work has included investigations of major collapses, catastrophe response, diagnosis of design and construction deficiencies, damage caused by adjacent construction, condition assessments, hurricane damage investigations, design of remedial and stabilization measures for distressed buildings, design for renovation projects, and the analysis of unusual structures.
His projects have included high-rise buildings, façades, cranes, parking structures, pre-engineered buildings, industrial facilities, scaffolds, formwork, bridges, and waterfront structures.
Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Mr. Peraza led the emergency engineering response for the City of New York, which continued around the clock for nearly nine months and included the coordination of 39 engineering sub-consultant firms. He has led several high-profile structural collapse investigations including L'Ambiance Plaza, the Four Times Square Hoist Collapse, and the Miller Park crane accident.
Prior to joining Exponent, Mr. Peraza was Vice President with the LZA Technology division of The Thornton-Tomasetti Group.