HKA hires Hatem Bedair as director in Houston

01 December 2023 2 min. read
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HKA, a global risk and disputes consulting firm, has hired Hatem Bedair, PhD, as a Houston-based director in its forensic engineering practice.

Bedair is a civil/structural engineering expert with more than 25 years of experience designing and managing a variety of infrastructure projects. He also has experience in project management, project proposals, contract negotiations, and coordination of the bidding process for projects throughout the United States and Egypt.

Bedair specializes in structural analysis and design of bridges, and has served as project engineer on various construction, widening, and rehabilitation projects. He has expertise in finite element analysis, seismic analysis, earthquake-resistant design, friction-damping systems, foundation design, soil-structure interaction, and structural design optimization.

In his new role at HKA, Bedair will analyze highway and bridge design and construction issues and deficiencies, provide expert opinions on factors leading to deficiency or failure, and develop forensic engineering reports.HKA hires Hatem Bedair as director in HoustonHe was previously an engineering manager at Morrow, a design manager at KKCS, a senior structural engineer at Biggs Cardosa Associates, lead bridge engineer at Parsons Brinckerhoff (now WSP), and a structural engineer at Aecom. Earlier in his career, Bedair was a structural design engineer at Accord Consult and Hamza Associates in Egypt.

He has a PhD and master’s degree in structural engineering from Concordia University, Canada, and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Helwan University Cairo. Bedair is a licensed professional engineer and holds numerous licenses in the United States and Canada.

“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Bedair to HKA as we continue to expand our Forensic Engineering practice across the Americas,” said Michael Griffin, partner, forensic technical services lead, Americas. “Dr. Bedair’s decades of experience working on challenging engineering projects make him a welcome addition to our team to provide the forensic expertise required to investigate and resolve disputes and to anticipate and mitigate risk.”

HKA earlier this month welcomed Peyman Tabatabaei as a Los Angeles-based director in its forensic technical services practice.