Mahmoud M. S. Khoncarly, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, an industry-recognized engineering leader with over 30 years of multidisciplinary experience, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Khoncarly’s skills have covered the discipline and functional management, as well as design and design supervision, of complex, multimillion-dollar global projects for the infrastructure, manufacturing, defense, security, nuclear and fossil power, automotive, aerospace, and chemical/processing industries. From 2006 to 2016, he was the discipline engineering manager of the AECOM (formerly URS Corp) Energy and Construction Division for Architectural, Civil and Structural Engineering. He championed the strategic and technical direction of the disciplines and had overall responsibility for their processes and tools. He has managed and supervised over 500 engineering professionals in this capacity.
He led a consortium of five international companies and institutes to manage the civil engineering effort for integration and mobilization to stabilize the structural elements (Task 1) and safe confinement strategy (Task 21) of the Early Biddable Package “A” on the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant–Unit 4 Shelter Implementation Plan (SIP) Project, in Ukraine. The effort focused on stabilizing the existing shelter of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and proposing a new long-term confinement structure that will render the plant and its site environmentally safe. In addition, from 2011 to 2013, Khoncarly led the seismic analysis task in support of combined operating license applications (COLA) for two U.S.-based utilities.
He is a Fellow of the Structural Engineering Institute and has served both the ASCE Cleveland Section and the Society of American Military Engineers–Cleveland Post as president and board member. He served as a corresponding member of ASCE’s Body of Knowledge Experimental Fulfillment Committee, as well as a member of one and a co-chair of a second research team for the Construction Industry Institute. He was named the 2008 Outstanding Civil Engineer of the Year by ASCE’s Cleveland Section, and received the Cleveland Engineering Society 2013 Leadership Award.
From 2002 to 2006, Khoncarly was the prime interface with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s project officer in the U.S., and acted as the corporate liaison between the international project offices and U.S.-based clients. He also managed the Department of Energy Second Line of Defense Megaport Initiative in Beirut, Lebanon (2009-2010), and is currently managing security-related projects sponsored by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFATD) Global Partnership Program. These projects include the installation and integration of radiation monitoring systems at six border crossings and airports in Jordan (2013-present).
Khoncarly earned his Ph.D. in structural engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a certified Project Manager Professional and a certified Safety Trained Supervisor, as well as a licensed professional engineer in 18 states. He is also registered with the Order of Engineers and Architects, in Lebanon.