Dr. Marc Ballouz
President of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
Dr. Marc Ballouz is the current president of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMG). He is a highly accomplished geotechnical engineer with a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from Texas A&M University. Dr. Ballouz has extensive experience in the field of geotechnical engineering, having served as the President of the Institute for Geotechnics & Materials (IGM) since 1997. Under his leadership, IGM has completed over 150 projects in the USA, Lebanon, and Nigeria, and has provided consultancy services in many parts of the world. Dr. Ballouz's expertise lies in shoring deep excavations, deep foundations, underpinning & micropiling, landslides & ground stabilization, and forensic geotechnics. In addition to his professional experience, Dr. Ballouz has also been involved in academia. He has served as a Senior Lecturer at Texas State University and as an Assistant Professor at LAU, NDU, and LU in Lebanon. He has also been an invited lecturer at UT, TAMU, and UMich in the USA and a keynote lecturer at major conferences worldwide. Dr. Ballouz has won numerous awards throughout his career, including the Buchanan Lecturer Award in 2023, the PRC Award from ISSMGE Paris in 2013, and two medals from the Sheriff & Fire Department in Harris County in 2017. He has also published over 100 professional design reports and forensic remediation reports, as well as six ASCE papers, six research reports, two magazine articles, and an ISSMGE video.