The geotechnical research team is currently comprised of two full-time Federal staff members, with three full-time contract staff members and other supplementary technical support as needed. In addition, the team occasionally hosts interns, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers on sabbaticals to augment the program.
FHWA Geotechnical Program Managers
The geotechnical research team sits on both the Bridge and Foundation Engineering Team and the Pavement Materials Team within the Office of Infrastructure Research and Development (R&D). They serve as members of various professional organizations, participate in technical committees, and serve on research panels.
Research Civil Engineer
Geotechnical Laboratory Manager
Geotechnical Infrastructure Materials Program Manager
Jennifer Nicks PhD, PE
Research Geotechnical Engineer
Geotechnical Infrastructure Design Program Manager
Engineering Software & Consultants (ESCINC) currently holds the laboratory support contract for the Geotechnical Laboratory. The following full-time staff members contribute to the team with their expertise and skills related to conducting laboratory testing, setting up large- and full-scale experiments, developing numerical models, and installing instrumentation in the field.
Haejin Kim, PhD
Program Manager/Research Engineer (ESCINC)
Geotechnical Technician (ESCINC)
Thomas Gebrenegus PhD
Geotechnical Engineer/Technician (ESCINC)
The Geotechnical Research Team occasionally hosts visiting researchers on temporary assignment, as postdocs or professors on sabbatical. Recent scholars have included:
- Dr. Meysam Mashayekhi (University of Delaware)
- Prof. Jonathan Wu (University of Colorado – Denver)
- Dr. Danial Esmaili (NRC Research Associate)
- Prof. Phillip Ooi (University of Hawaii)
- Chris Lynch (Eastern Federal Lands)
- Dr. Mohammed Elias (Eastern Federal Lands)
- Dr. Naser Abu-Hejleh (Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Resource Center)
Summer internship opportunities with the Geotechnical Research Team are available through the Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG).
FHWA Geotechnical Discipline
The Geotechnical Research Team is supported by the broader geotechnical discipline within FHWA. Find out more about our colleagues at Department of Transportation headquarters, the Resource Center, Federal Lands Highway Division, and field offices. Training on geotechnical subjects is provided by the National Highway Institute.