Ahmad Elhajj, P.E., is an associate-level, forensic structural engineer with Haag Global, Inc. He also serves on the Committee on Practices to Reduce Failures with ASCE. Based in Houston, Texas, Mr. Elhajj is a licensed professional engineer with a combined 14 years’ worth of academic and professional experience. He has worked as a forensic engineer assessing origin, cause, and extent of damage to residential, commercial, and industrial structures and foundations for over three years. Prior to joining Haag Global, Inc., Mr. Elhajj obtained broad-based experience in performing roof evaluations, troubleshooting construction, designing/analyzing both temporary and support structures, and non-destructively evaluating concrete and steel structures using ultrasonic and electromagnetic methods. Mr. Elhajj previously worked as a sales engineer, driving product and software sales efforts related to structural steel, steel and concrete fastening, firestopping, and fire protection systems to both commercial and petrochemical projects.
Early on in his career, Mr. Elhajj taught physics and engineering classes at the Miller School of Albemarle while developing their pre-engineering education program and coaching their wrestling team. Mr. Elhajj’s work at the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research involved the study, research, testing, and development of concrete admixtures — including carbon nanotubes — through the use of non-destructive testing techniques, mix design, and laboratory analysis. As an engineering intern, he modeled, designed, and analyzed light-gage steel residential structures in Auckland, New Zealand.
Mr. Elhajj earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from the University of Virginia and completed post-graduate work in the Computer Science discipline. Currently, Mr. Elhajj is enrolled at Auburn University in pursuit of a Master of Civil Engineering with a focus on Structural Engineering.