About Kamal Khayat

Kamal Khayat

Vice chancellor
Office of Sponsored Programs
224 Engineering Research Lab

573-341-6726 | kkhayat@mst.edu


Kamal H. Khayat joined the Missouri S&T faculty in August of 2011 as the Vernon and Maralee Jones Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies and Center for Transportation Infrastructure and Safety. His main goal over the coming years is to foster an atmosphere of inter-disciplinary collaborative research efforts in the field of transportation that will further Missouri S&Ts position as a national leader.

Dr. Khayat was Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the Universite de Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada. During his 21 years there, he served as the Director of the Center of Excellence on Concrete Infrastructure Engineering and Head of the Integrated Research Laboratory in Valorization of Innovating and Durable Materials and Structures. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Quebec.

He received his B.S., M.Eng., and M.S. in civil engineering with emphasis in structural engineering, construction engineering and management and a Ph.D. in civil engineering with emphasis in civil engineering materials, all from the University of California at Berkeley. This was followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the same institute.

His main research interests are the design of innovative structural materials, including high-performance concrete with adapted rheology, such as self-consolidating concrete (SCC) and flowable mass/lean concrete. Dr. Khayat carried out pioneer work in the area of SCC that has contributed to its worldwide acceptance. He has offered a number of specialty courses to industry, including a course on Rheology and SCC offered in Canada in 1995, 2003, and 2008; Design and Construction of SCC in Mexico in 2005; High-Performance Concrete in the United Arab Emirates in 2006; and SCC Design and Testing in 2009 in Australia. He has organized several international conferences in concrete science and technology, including SCC2005 and SCC2009 in China and SCC2010 in Montreal.

Dr. Khayat is active on several technical and code committees, including Chair of ACI (American Concrete Institute) 237 SCC and RILEM (International Union of Testing and Research Laboratories for Materials and Structures) Technical Committee 228 Mechanical Properties of SCC. He served as member of the Canadian Standards Association Committee A23.1/A23.2 Concrete Materials and Methods of Concrete Construction/Methods of Test for Concrete A23.1 and a number of TRB Committees.

Dr. Khayats research efforts and professional services have been recognized with several honors and awards. He has been featured as keynote speaker at several International Symposia. Some of his more note-worthy awards have come from CANMET/ACI, ASTM Sanford Thompson, Concrete Producer Magazine, the Quebec Concrete Association, The Ministry of Municipal Affaires of Quebec, ASCE, and the US Army Corps of Engineers. He was elected fellow of ACI in 2004.

Over the span of his career, Dr. Khayat has authored and co-authored over 450 publications and advised 45 Ph.D. students, 45 Masters students, as well as 15 post-doctoral fellows and visiting scholars. He has collaborated with scholars from several countries, including Canada, China, France, Iceland, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the US.


Research interests

Design and performance of advanced construction and repair materials, including high-performance concrete, self-consolidating concrete, underwater concrete, and specialty grouts;
Rheology and workability of cement-based materials;
Optimization of chemical admixtures and supplementary cementitous materials and fillers for concrete;
Microstructure of cement-based materials;
Valorization of industrial by-products and recycled aggregate in concrete;
Fiber reinforcement;
Repair and rehabilitation of civil engineering infrastructure;
Development of novel test methods to evaluate rheology and workability of cement-based materials;
Instrumentation and structural health monitoring of structures