A Tribute to DFI Trustee Khaldoun Fahoum, Ph.D. 

August 18, 2014, Hawthorne N.J.: DFI Trustee Dr. Khaldoun Fahoum, chair of the DFI Middle East Regional Chapter and vice president and Middle East regional manager for Langan Engineering, died on July 23, 2014.

Throughout his 20-year career he made contributions to major engineering projects in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United States. Fahoum was involved with the development of several multi-million dollar projects throughout the Middle East and the U.S. including: Universal Studios, Cleveland Clinic Hospital, and the Lambert Airport Expansion in the U.S., Abu Dhabi Central Market (UAE), the Doha Convention Center and Tower (Qatar), King Abdulla Financial District (KSA), and numerous offshore projects. Fahoum had extensive experience in deep and raft foundations for high-rise buildings, tank settlement analyses, liquefaction analyses, deep offshore foundations design and testing, and leg penetration analyses for large jack-up rigs. He was also highly experienced in all soil improvement techniques including dynamic compaction, stone columns, vibrofloatations, dynamic surcharge, soil mixing and others.

Fahoum obtained his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Damascus University, Syria; his M.S. in Civil Engineering (Structural) from The Catholic University of America, U.S.; and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical) from the University of Maryland, U.S.

"On behalf of DFI's membership and leadership, I extend our deepest condolences to Khaldoun Fahoum's family, friends and co-workers," says Theresa Rappaport, executive director, DFI. "His contributions to DFI's Middle East committee activities and service on the DFI Board of Trustees this past year during his battle are all greatly appreciated. We will miss his insight moving forward, but will always remember the input he provided towards our goals."

About DFI Educational Trust: The Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust ( is an independent, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 2006 by the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) as its charitable arm. The mission of the Trust is to support and encourage individuals in the fields of study related to the deep foundation industry by providing scholarships and opportunities to meet and work with deep foundation industry leaders.

About Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)
DFI ( is an international association of contractors, engineers, manufacturers, suppliers, academics and owners in the deep foundations industry. Our multidisciplinary membership creates a consensus voice and a common vision for continual improvement in the planning, design and construction of deep foundations and excavations. We bring together members for networking, education, communication and collaboration. With our members, we promote the advancement of the deep foundations industry through technical committees, educational programs and conferences, publications, research, government relations and outreach. DFI has more than 3,500 members worldwide.

DFI Trustee Khaldoun Fahoum, Ph.D.