Ahmad Kahiel, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

​Postdoctoral Fellow - Santamarina Group


Building 5, Level 3

Research Interest

  • ​Static and dynamic soil response
  • Soil improvement techniques (Stone Columns)
  • Reliability-based design of engineering systems
  • Renewable energy and storage techniques

Selected Publications

  • Effect of Columnar Sand Inclusions on the Cyclic Resistance of Anisotropically-Consolidated Clay
    Kahiel, A., Sadek, S and Najjar, S.
    International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo, Geo-Institute, Orlan..., (2018)
  • Resistance Factors for the Ultimate Limit State Design of Footings on Clays Reinforced with Stone Columns
    Kahiel, A., Najjar, S., and Sadek, S.
    Geo-Risk, Denver, Colorado (pp. 619-630), (2017)
  • Reliability-based design of spread footings on clays reinforced with aggregate piers
    Kahiel, A., Najjar, S., and Sadek, S.
    Georisk: Assessment and Management of Risk for Engineered Systems and Geohaz..., (2017)
  • Improvement of anisotropically consolidated clays using columnar sand inclusions
    Kahiel, A., Sadek, S. and Najjar, S.
    6th International Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference, Seoul, (pp. 235-..., (2017)
  • Spatial variability and associated liquefaction hazard in a recently reclaimed site
    Kahiel, A., Sadek, S and Najjar, S.
    19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering,..., (2017)


  • ​Ph.D., American University of Beirut (2013-2019)
  • Bachelor in Science and Engineering: Beirut Arab University (2008-2013)

Professional Profile

  • ​Soil mechanics lab testing: Oedometers, Triaxial devices, Simple/direct shear devices
  • Finite Element Modeling: Plaxis and Comsol Multiphysics Software

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineers - Young Member Presidential Group
  • Registered Professional Engineer - Lebanese Order of Engineers


  • ​National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) award, Lebanon

KAUST Affiliations

  • Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC)
  • Physical Science and Engineering Division (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Soil improvement Energy storage Stone columns