KCI is pleased to announce that Charbel Khoury, PhD, PE, has been promoted to practice leader, overseeing the firm’s geotechnical engineering work. In this role, he will be responsible for KCI’s business development, growth and technical oversight of subsurface exploration, analysis and foundation design efforts. KCI’s Geotechnical Engineering Practice routinely works on a diverse range of projects including highway design, bridges, telecommunications towers, high to mid-rise buildings, airports, residential and commercial developments, stormwater management, flood control, pavement, water quality, environmental restoration and civil infrastructure.
During his 16-year career, Charbel’s experience has included geotechnical, geo-technology and pavement engineering applications for both private and public sector clients. He has worked on challenging projects nationwide in the transportation, residential, commercial, and education markets and provided project management, coordination and quality control for geo-material studies, non-destructive and geophysical techniques, subsurface exploration, analyses and designs of geo-structures.
Charbel’s technical knowledge and focus on innovation will help us take our Geotechnical Practice in a new direction. He will lead the group as they embrace new technologies and offer additional value-added services, like pavement management, to existing and new clients.
Mehmet A. Boz, PhD, PE, ENV SPVice President, Environmental Discipline Manager
Charbel joined KCI in 2014 as a project manager, and since that time has completed numerous assignments requiring foundation design, geotechnical subsurface investigation, slope failure analyses, pavement analysis, settlement calculations and seismic studies. In support of the Community College of Baltimore County Health Careers Technology building addition and renovation, he performed complex engineering analyses for building foundations including settlement and bearing capacity. Charbel also performed material studies for the potential re-use of dredge materials in the redevelopment of the former Bethlehem Steel Plant in Sparrows Point, Maryland, into the now flourishing Tradepoint Atlantic site. He is currently leading KCI’s efforts to evaluate and pilot innovative geophysical technology, including AM gradiometry, which uses radio waves to detect underground utilities and substructures.
Charbel holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Lebanese American University and later earned a master’s degree and doctorate in civil engineering with an emphasis in geotechnical engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He is a licensed professional engineer and has published more than thirty technical papers in prominent national and international engineering journals and conference programs. Charbel is active in a number of professional organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers and Transportation Research Board (TRB). He is currently serving on the Maryland Geo-Institute Leadership Committee and is an active member of the TRB Engineering Behavior of Unsaturated Geo-Materials Committee.