Kamal Khayat, Ph.D., P.E., F.ACI, F.RILEM

Vernon and Maralee Jones Professor
Director, Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies
Director, Research on Concrete Applications for Sustainable Transportation (RE:CAST)

Materials Engineering

Research Interests

  • Design and performance of advanced structural materials, including high-performance concrete with adapted rheology, self-consolidating concrete and specialty grouts
  • Repair and rehabilitation of civil engineering infrastructure
  • Rheology and workability of cement grout, mortar, and concrete
  • Physico-chemical interaction of chemical admixtures and modern hydraulic binders
  • Microstructure and properties of cement-based materials
  • Mechanical properties, visco-elastic properties, and structural performance of specialty concrete
  • Durability and deterioration of cement-based materials in aggressive environments
  • Use of chemical admixtures, supplementary cementitous materials and fibers in concrete

Courses Taught
Advanced Concrete Science and Technology, Rheology and Self-consolidating Concrete, Concrete Technology, Concrete Durability and Repair, Engineering Materials, Construction Estimating and Scheduling

Professional Registration

  • Province of Quebec

Recent Industry/Consulting Experience
Development of innovative cement-based materials and engineering specifications for construction and rehabilitation of concrete infrastructures, including bridges (Confederation Bridge, Champlain Bridge, Victoria Bridge in Canada), dams, tunnels (the Channel Tunnel in Europe), water irrigation pipeline production facilities, offshore platforms (Hibernia), and water-treatment plants, as well as high-rise building (Burj Khalifa).

Major Honors and Awards

  • ACI Wason Medal for the Most Meritorious paper published by the institute in 2016. “Field Measurements of SCC Lateral Pressure - Toronto 2014 Experimental Program SCC under Pressure, by Gardner, Keller, Khayat, Lange, and Omran, Concrete International, March 2016, (2018)
  • ACI Foundation Jean-Claude Roumain Innovation in Concrete Award “for over 25 years of research, teaching, innovation, and leadership contributing to the advancement of self-consolidating concrete; and the relentless pursuit of knowledge transfer by organizing numerous conferences covering the science, performance, design, and testing standards of self-consolidating concrete,” (2017)
  • Elsevier list of 150 most cited people in civil engineering in the world, (2016)
  • Best Paper Award, Feys, D., De Schutter, G., Khayat, K.H., and Verhoeven, R., 2016, “Changes in Rheology of Self-Consolidating Concrete Induced by Pumping,” Materials and Structures, 49 (11) pp. 4657-4677, (2016)
  • Fellow, RILEM (International Union Reunion of laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures), (2015)
  • ACI Arthur R. Anderson Medal for “energy and perseverance in developing and sustaining world-class research facilities and for solving highly significant problems on concrete design, materials, and construction,” (2015)
  • The G.H. Tattersall Award for Sustaining and Outstanding Contributions in the Area of Sustainability and Durability of Concrete, Reykjavik, Iceland, (2014)
  • ACI Quebec and Eastern Ontario Award of Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Concrete Science and Technology, (2012)
  • Concrete Producer Magazine – Four Influences in Concrete Industry, (2009)
  • ACI/CANMET Award for Outstanding Contribution in Concrete Technology, (2006)
  • Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), (2004)




  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1989
  • M.S. Structural Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1985
  • Master of Engineering, Construction Engineering and Management, University of California, Berkeley, 1984
  • B.S. Civil Engineering (honors), University of California, Berkeley, 1982