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

Vernon and Maralee Jones Professor
Director, Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies
Director, Center for Transportation Infrastructure and Safety

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, 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/CANMET Award for Outstanding Contribution in Concrete Technology, (2006)
  • Fellow of the American Concrete Institute, (2004)
  • Quebec Concrete Association, ARCUS Trophy, Outstanding contribution to promotion and development of ready-mixed concrete – communication category, (2004)
  • Project Director and Principal Investigator, recipient of the Canadian Foundation for Innovation infrastructure grant (C$ 16M), the largest grant in the history of the U. of Sherbrooke, (2004)
  • Quebec Concrete Association, ARCUS Trophy Innovation category (with the City of Montréal), (2000)
  • Quebec Concrete Association, ARCUS Trophy Communication (with Concrete Canada), (1998)
  • Rehabilitation of Webster parking structure, Quebec Municipality Affair Award, (1997)
  • ASTM Sanford E. Thompson Award, paper of outstanding merit, Cement, Concrete and Aggregates Journal, (1994)
  • Best Paper, 27th Annual Conference of AQTR, (1992)




  • 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