Christopher Hunt, Ph.D., P.E., G.E.

Christopher Hunt is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in California with more than 20 years of experience focused on geotechnical and geoenvironmental projects.

Christopher Hunt is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in California with more than 20 years of experience focused on geotechnical and geoenvironmental projects.


Chris's project portfolio includes foundation investigations and designs for pile-supported structures and shallow foundations. He has performed seismic stability evaluations of dams and levees, managed dam safety reviews and facilitated Potential Failure Mode Analysis workshops. Chris has conducted failure analyses and investigations of critical levee sections, and provided engineering support during remedial measures. He has analyzed and developed mitigation measures for landslides in bedrock, colluvium, and man-made fill, including probabilistic evaluation of landslide potential as input to tsunami modeling. Chris has provided geotechnical recommendations for facilities subject to liquefaction, lateral spreading, and other seismic hazards. He has worked on numerous seismic soil-structure interaction projects evaluating the effect of geohazards on existing structures and pipelines. Chris has also participated in design optimization projects, feasibility studies, and litigation and peer review projects for complex geotechnical projects addressing issues related to the presence of peats, soft clays, loose sands, and waste.

At locations in Africa, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Guyana, Mexico, Panama, and Canada, Chris has evaluated geotechnical aspects of the design and construction of large infrastructure projects, including refineries, bridges and airports, on soft compressible clays and other challenging soils. He also made recommendations on site development and has conducted finite element modeling to predict expected settlements due to consolidation of soft soils and to evaluate the stability of natural and man-made shoreline slopes.

Chris's geoenvironmental practice focuses on analysis and design related to the closure of large, complex contaminated sites. He also consults on geoenvironmental engineering challenges facing waste disposal facilities, including the analysis, planning, design, and construction of both municipal solid waste landfills and hazardous waste landfills.

In addition, Chris has been an active participant in state-of-the-art research in new methods of liquefaction mitigation using biological methods, including serving as chair of the Industry Advisory Board for the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics, sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Contact Christopher Hunt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +1-510-836-3034.

Career Summary of Christopher Hunt, Ph.D., P.E., G.E.

  • Specialties: Geotechnical and Geostructural Engineering; Earthquake Engineering; Geohazard Evaluation and Mitigation; Levees, Dams, and Subsurface Barriers; Soft and Liquefiable Ground Improvement; Solid, Industrial, and Hazardous Waste Disposal Facilities; Brownfield Sites
  • Practice Areas: Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Waste Management
  • Disciplines: Civil Engineering, Geoenvironmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering
  • Education: Ph.D., Geotechnical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2000; M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1995; B.S., Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1993
  • Registration: California Civil Engineer, C63283; California Geotechnical Engineer, GE2821

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