Mark J. Carlson, P.E., F.ASCE, a geotechnical and mining engineering consultant for 28 years, has been elevated to the status of Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Carlson works as vice president of engineering of Kelchner, an Engineering News-Record Top 20 excavation/heavy civil and site development contractor. Kelchner is an industry leader in large commercial site development, oil and gas well pad and water impoundment construction, soil stabilization, and full-depth reclamation. They lead in the heavy civil construction of oil and gas-related infrastructure in both the Utica and Marcellus oil shale plays and have several offices in Ohio and West Virginia.
A board-certified Geotechnical Engineering Diplomate (D.GE) through ASCE’s Academy of of Geo-Professionals, Carlson has also served as senior vice president and chief engineer for one of the largest engineering consulting firms in the U.S., and was head of their oil and gas pipeline and mining group. He is a professional engineer in 15 states, and a registered professional geologist in Kentucky.
Carlson has been responsible for many thousands of geotechnical projects, encompassing soil and rock mechanics for tunnel and culvert engineering; slope stability; foundation evaluations for all types of structures; embankment, retaining wall, and deep foundations design; evaluation of geosynthetic materials; and mining engineering–related issues for sites all over the continental U.S. and Alaska.
The author of several nationally published technical papers, Carlson has a bachelor’s degree in mining and civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and master’s degrees in both mining engineering and civil engineering, from Penn State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, respectively.