is a Principal Engineer in the New York City office of Exponent. He has over 35 years of civil and structural engineering experience, including building design, investigations of collapses, and evaluation of distressed buildings due to hurricanes, earthquakes, and other causes.

He is the author of a chapter in the Handbook of Forensic Engineering and has published and lectured on the subject of failures. He is a past chair of ASCE's Technical Council on Forensic Engineering. Mr. Peraza is the lead editor of the publication Engineering Investigations of Hurricane Damage: Wind versus Water.