Mahmood Momenzadeh, Ph.D., G.E., P.E., F.ASCE, a senior geotechnical engineer working for the State of California’s Department of Transportation, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Momenzadeh has more than 30 years of professional experience in design and construction support for highway bridges, various types of building and retaining walls, deep underground excavation and shoring, tunnels, landslide mitigations, and ground treatment. Before joining Caltrans, he worked for two private engineering consultants for over 10 years, where he was busy developing various remediation methods for a number of earth dams in British Columbia, the static and seismic design and construction of public parking, terminal, and elevated roadway structures in the new San Francisco International Airport, and other large civil projects.
For Caltrans, he has served as the geotechnical task manager for several high-profile projects in the Bay Area, including Cariquinez Suspension Bridge approach structures and North Anchorage excavation and shoring, Caldecott 4th Bore Tunnel, San Francisco Doyle Drive Improvement, San Mateo 92-280 Interchange seismic retrofit, several highway widenings, and new Interchanges in Alameda, Contra Costa, Sonoma, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties.
For the above and many other standard projects, he has handled all general and specific geotechnical design and construction issues. He has proposed and performed the geotechnical design and supported construction of various innovative posttensioned ground anchors combined with micropiles support systems suitable for the site subsurface conditions, schedule, and cost; developed methods to calibrate pile-driving systems for installing long standard concrete piles through deep soft clay (Bay Mud) deposits without compromising their integrity; installed large-diameter drilled shafts in weak subsurface with high groundwater locally under artesian conditions; capped high artesian groundwater conditions in several bridge project sites using fine sand or sodium silicate permeation grouting; developed site real-time deformation monitoring to optimize the type and quantities of various ground-support elements as well as adjusting the support elements alignments for various large landslide mitigation; and used a combination of HDPE piles, hydroacoustic vibration cutoff, and pile-driving methods to preserve marine species during installation of pile foundation support for a large outfall in the San Francisco Bay.
Momenzadeh has contributed several technical papers to ASCE and international conferences on several of the above-mentioned geotechnical topics, and participates in local engineering activities. His earlier papers focused on the seismic design performance and constructability of proposed structures. Currently he is focused on maintaining the sustainability paradigm in his engineering practice.
His project works have been recognized by his agency as well as by ASCE, California Transportation Foundation, and other organizations through several awards which he and his team members have received.
Momenzadeh received his B.S. in civil engineering with 1st-class honors from Tehran Polytechnique University; his M.S. from Tokyo Institute of Technology; and his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo. The latter two degrees focused on geotechnical earthquake engineering.