KCI is pleased to announce the hiring of Shahidul Islam, PhD, PE, as a project manager and lead for pavement management services.
In this role, he will drive an initiative to expand upon the firm’s asset management offerings to provide full-service pavement asset management for municipal, county and statewide clients by completing condition assessments, creating pavement prediction models, developing plans for necessary capital improvements, and outlining the investment priorities for pavements.
Throughout his 12-year career, Islam has been responsible for developing and maintaining pavement management systems for many small and large agencies. Previously, he was responsible for maintaining the pavement management system for the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (ISTHA) network for five years. His responsibilities included pavement condition assessment, remaining service life determination, pavement master plan development, and compiling data sets such as surface distress, roughness, rutting, and faulting. Islam led the pavement data collection and pavement management system implementations in northeastern Illinois for sixteen distinct agencies selected by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning while also training users in specialized software such as PAVER. He will leverage his experience into a complementary business line at KCI that will serve clients of all sizes with comprehensive data collection, master plan drafting and budget recommendations.
“Shahidul’s extensive hands-on experience forming pavement management systems is exactly what we need to create a full service line offering for our clients nationwide. He is passionate about the work that he does and approaches projects with a scalable mindset in order to tackle both small and large challenges alike.”– Heidi Hammel, GISP, PMP, ITIL, Vice President and Regional Practice Leader
Islam earned his doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Kansas State University, and the Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, respectively. While achieving his PhD, he completed a research project that included the first known development of an algorithm that measured pavement roughness using a smartphone. Islam is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas and currently serves as a member in the Infrastructure System Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers and in the Transportation Research Board’s Standing Subcommittee AKP10(1) on Innovations in Pavement Condition Evaluation.