UCLA Extension

Nathan “Nate” Wittasek

Wittasek, Nate

Instructor Biography:

Nate is a managing engineer at the Los Angeles office of Exponent, Inc. Failure Analysis Associates. Having worked as a fire fighter, researcher for the U.S. Coast Guard, and life safety consultant for Rolf Jensen and Arup for the last 15 years, Nate brings a unique perspective to the world of building codes and accessibility.  Nate has worked on numerous world-class projects in China, the Middle East, Europe and North America with architecture firms including Gehry Partners, OMA, Renzo Piano and Pelli Associates.

Nate was honored with the 2013 Instructor of the Year award at the annual Arts Outstanding Instructor Awards ceremony.

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What students are saying:

In regards to Understanding Building Codes:

“The case studies were really interesting and definitely reinforced the necessity of building codes.”

“I benefited the most from the in class exercises. The case studies helped me memorize important aspects of the codes and helped me understand why we have them. In addition, the online quiz worked well.”

“Very satisfied. Very informative and delivered in an interesting way.”

General remarks about the instructor:

“Nate Wittasek is very knowledgeable and provides interesting insights into the Code.”

“The instructor is very approachable, extremely knowledgeable, funny, and answers questions thoroughly.”

“Nate is great and loves the subject matter. He helped a great deal in making it much easier to understand and stay awake for. Codes are complex and difficult to synthesize really helped with lectures and answering our questions.”

“It’s impossible to make Building Codes humorous, fun, interesting…yet…Nate does. Totally impressed.”


Instructor Website: Exponent-Engineering & Scientific Consulting