Rozbeh B. Moghaddam, P.E., Ph.D., M.B.A
Rozbeh B. Moghaddam is the President of RBM Consulting Group, Inc. His research and more than 15 years of professional experience has included a significant focus on design and construction of underground structures, earth retention systems, and deep foundations in soft clays. As a geotechnical practitioner, Dr. Moghaddam has participated in major projects in the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and Europe. He spent a significant part of his professional career designing foundations, earth retention systems, and tunnel sections in Mexico City’s complex soils. Dr. Moghaddam received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University, an M.B.A. from Eastern New Mexico University, and a Professional Degree in Civil Engineering from the Instituto Politecnico Nacional in Mexico City, Mexico. He is actively engaged in various industry technical committees and is a member of the International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC), Deep Foundation Institute (DFI), and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He has authored more than 30 technical publications and has lectured at numerous short courses, universities, and seminars.
Tracy Brettmann, P.E., MSE, D.GE
Executive Consultant - Geotechnical
Tracy Brettmann is a Senior Consultant at RBM Consulting Group, Inc. and the Executive Vice President of A.H. Beck Foundation Company in their Houston, Texas office. At RBM, Mr. Brettmann provides expert consulting on Deep Foundations related issues. At A.H. Beck, he is directly responsible for business development and overseeing the engineering operations for its specialty deep foundation, ground improvement, energy pile, and earth retention projects. He received his BSCE degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his Master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He has authored over 30 technical papers and numerous magazine articles. Mr. Brettmann is a member of the Academy of Geo-Professionals (AGP), Geo-Institute of ASCE (ASCE/GI), International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), Deep Foundations Institute (DFI), The International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC). Mr. Brettmann is a past president of the Deep Foundations Institute and is a former chair of its Augered Cast-in-Place (ACIP) Pile committee. He currently serves as the chair of the DFI Educational Trust board.
Vahid Taghikhani, Ph.D.
Executive Consultant - Oil & Gas
Dr. Vahid Taghikhani is an Executive Consultant at RBM Consulting Group, Inc. and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University. He also serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering-Subsea Engineering Program at the University of Houston.Dr. Taghikhaniis actively collaborating in research with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Rice University and the University of California at LosAngeles, UCLA as well as the Center for Hydrate Research at Colorado School of Mines.Prior to his collaboration with RBM, Dr. Taghikhani worked as independent consultant providing expert consulting services to several industry leaders including the Texas Oil Tech Laboratories.He holds Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Sc. all majoring in Chemical Engineering, and was recognized as the youngest distinguished Professor in Chemical Engineering by the IAChE in 2008. He was awarded the IDB merit scholarship in Research and Technology in 2007 by IDB Bank and several ESRV research awards. He is a Young Entrepreneur Awardee by APChEN, Association ofPolymer and Chemical Engineers. He has authored over 250 peer-reviewed technical publications and has lectured at numerous universities and research centers around the world.He is an executive member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE), the World Chemical Engineering Council (WCEC), and the Asian-Pacific Confederation on Chemical Engineering (APCChE).
Antonio Marinucci, P.E., Ph.D, M.B.A
Senior Consultant - Geotechnical
Dr. Marinucci is a Senior Consultant at RBM Consulting Group, Inc., in addition to the Managing Director at V2C Strategists LLC and President at Advanced Foundation Solutions, LLC. He also serves as a research professor and adjunct lecturer at the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University (NYU). He has 25 years of progressive experience in the civil design-construction industry on public and private projects involving earth retention, deep foundation, underpinning, and ground modification systems. He is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania, an instructor for the National Highway Institute (NHI), and is an active member of numerous professional organizations, technical committees, and various practical research efforts. He received a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical emphasis) from the University of Texas at Austin, an MBA degree from the University of Rhode Island, and a MSCE degree from Northeastern University. Dr. Marinucci has authored or coauthored more than 45 peer-reviewed technical publications, and has lectured at numerous short courses, seminars, universities, and conferences in North/Central/South America, Europe, and Asia.
Hossein Emadi, Ph.D.,P.E.
Senior Consultant - Oil & Gas
Dr. Hossein Emadi is a faculty member of Bob L. Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas Tech University. His academic research and over a decade of professional experience have included a significant focus on wellbore stability for unconventional reservoirs, rock mechanics, artificial lift, and oil and gas well cement in shale basins. Currently, Dr. Emadi is serving as the lead Principal Investigator of the oil and gas well cement consortium at the Texas Tech University. Prior to joining Texas Tech as a faculty, Dr. Emadi worked as a drilling engineer and well site drilling engineer within the United States and the Middle East. Dr. Emadi received his Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University. He serves as the faculty advisor for Texas Tech University American Rock Mechanics Association (TTU-ARMA). He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the National Society of Professional Engineers. He has authored more than 40 technical publications.
Timothy A. Wood, Ph.D., P.E.
Senior Consultant - Geotechnical
Dr. Timothy A. Wood is a Consultant at RBM Consulting Group, Inc. and an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Citadel-The Military College of South Carolina. He acquired a Bachelor's in Engineering Physics Summa Cum Laude with Honors followed by Civil Engineering Master's and Doctoral degrees from Texas Tech University. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in South Carolina and has participated in several projects reviewing soil-structural interactions. Dr. Wood’s technical research focuses on incorporating soil-structure interaction to improve the production-oriented load ratings and inspection of reinforced-concrete box culverts, as well as pullout resistance in inextensible mechanical stabilized earth retaining walls and database implementation for structural/geotechnical data. His teaching is driven by a love of how the world works, a love for students, and a firm belief in classical education as a model for lifelong learning. He encourages students pushing them toward self-directed learning through reading and inspiring enthusiasm for the fields of structural and geotechnical engineering. Dr. Wood aims to recover the benefits of classical-model, literature-based learning in civil engineering education. When not investing in cadets, vets and evening students, Dr. Wood, his wife and three children are actively engaged in their local church.
Sara Khoshnevisan, Ph.D.
Consultant - Geotechnical
Dr. Sara Khoshnevisan is a Consultant at RBM Consulting Group, Inc. and an Assistant Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at University of Cincinnati. Her main research focus is on reliability-based design & risk assessment, and robustness to lack of knowledge. Being a geotechnical engineer, she has brought her research expertise into different geotechnical projects such as supported excavations, shallow foundations, drilled shafts, and slope stability to obtain a more resilient design which is also cost-efficient. Her research work is reflected in about 50 technical publications and a book chapter. Dr. Khoshnevisan received her Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University. She has been an active member of American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) and a former faculty advisor for ASCE Student Chapter and the ASCE Timber Bridge team at Clarkson University. Dr. Khoshnevisan is also a member of Geo-Institute Retaining Structures Committee, Deep Foundation Institute (DFI), United States Universities Council on Geotechnical education and Research (USUCGER), and Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). And, she has been serving the profession as a reviewer for several journals, including ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Engineering Geology, Journal of Geo-Engineering, and Georisk.