Ahmad Kahiel

Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Scientists

Postdoctoral Fellow



Building 5, Level 3

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

  • Kahiel, A., Najjar, S., and Sadek, S. “Resistance Factors for the Ultimate Limit State Design of Footings on Clays Reinforced with Stone Columns”. Geo-Risk 2017, Denver, Colorado (pp. 619-630).
  • Kahiel, A., Najjar, S., and Sadek, S. (2017). “Reliability-based design of spread footings on clays reinforced with aggregate piers”. Georisk: Assessment and Management of Risk for Engineered Systems and Geohazards, 11(1), (pp. 75-89).
  • Kahiel, A., Sadek, S. and Najjar, S. (2017). “Improvement of anisotropically consolidated clays using columnar sand inclusions”. 6th International Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference, Seoul, (pp. 235-237).
  • Kahiel, A., Sadek, S and Najjar, S. (2017). “Spatial variability and associated liquefaction hazard in a recently reclaimed site”. 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Seoul, TC304, (pp. 3257-3260).
  • Kahiel, A., Sadek, S and Najjar, S. (2018) Effect of Columnar Sand Inclusions on the Cyclic Resistance of Anisotropically-Consolidated Clay. International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo, Geo-Institute, Orlando, Florida. 


  • 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



Research Interests Keywords

Soil improvement Energy storage Stone columns