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Education:

  • Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering (Major: Geoenvironmental) 1995

    University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
    Dissertation: Field-Scale Testing and Water Balance Modeling of Earthen Final Covers for Waste Containment

  • M.S. in Civil Engineering (Major: Geotechnical) 1992

    University of Miami, Miami, Florida
    Dissertation: Reinforcement of Cohesionless Soils Using Multi-Oriented Discontinuous Inclusions

Major Awards:

  • Lilly Teaching Fellow 2006-07, Michigan State University
  • Exemplary Service Award, Journal of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2006
  • J. James R. Croes Medal, ASCE, 1998
  • Severson Geotechnical Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995

Professional Service:

  • Panelist for EPA's SBIR Grant Program, Aug. 2003
  • Invited for Unsolicited Proposal Panel Review, NSF, ENG Program, Dec. 2003
  • Graduate Studies Coordinator, MSU
  • Undergraduate Awards Committee Representative, MSU
  • Technical Consultant for USEPA's Technical Outreach for Superfund Communities (TOSC)

Honors/Professional Affiliations:

  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE
  • Task Force Committee Member, ASCE Geo-Institute
  • Chi Epsilon, Member, Civil Engineering Honor Society
  • Sigma Xi, Member, Scientific Honor Society
  • ASCE, Member

Key Research Expertise and Interest Areas:

  • Field-Scale Testing
  • Water Balance and Gas Flow though Alternative Landfill Caps
  • Landfill Leachate Recirculation Alternatives
  • Geotechnical Aspects of Bioreactor Landfills
  • Unsaturated Flow and Soil Mechanics
  • Geotechnical Centrifuge Testing
  • Geosynthetics/Soil Reinforcement
  • Re-use of Recycled Waste Materials for Geo applications

Professional Registration/Certification:

  • Registered Professional Civil Engineer, Florida, No. 52682
  • OSHA 40 hr HazWoper, 8 hr Supervisor, and Emergency Spill Response Certified

Current Research Grants:

  • Title: Field-Scale Testing of Granular Blankets for Leachate Recirculation in MSW Landfills (Principal Investigator)
    Sponsor: Waste Management, Inc.
  • Title: Evaluation of Landfill Gas Emissions from the Final Cap of an Instrumented Bioreactor Landfill Cell (Principal Investigator)
    Sponsor: National Science Foundation
  • Title: Lab-Scale Evaluation of Electro Chemical Remediation of a Contaminated Clay (Principal Investigator)
    Sponsor: National Science Foundation
  • Title: Field-Scale Evaluation of Leachate Recirculation Blankets for Monitoring Hydraulic Performance of Bioreactor Landfills (Principal Investigator)
    Sponsor: Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) & Waste Management, Inc.
  • Title: Field-Scale Evaluation of Bioreactor Landfill Technology (Co- Principal Investigator)
    Sponsor: DOE (administered by Environmental Research & Education Foundation)
  • Title: Thermal Performance of Aerobic Bioreactor Landfills in Northern Climates (Co- Principal Investigator)
    Sponsor: Waste Management, Inc.
  • Title: Sensing, Analyzing and Forecasting Evaluation (SAFE) System for Bioreactor Landfills (Principal Investigator)
    Sponsor: National Science Foundation

My Teaching Responsibilities at MSU:

  • CE312: Soil Mechanics (undergraduate level)
  • CE485: Solid & Hazardous Waste Management (dual level)
  • CE812: Geoenvironmental Properties of Soils (graduate level)
  • CE815: Slope Stability and Stabilization Methods

Current/Past Graduate Students Advised:

  • Mazen Haydar, Ph.D.
  • Moumita Mukherjee, Ph.D.Student
  • Emmanuel Pepprah, Ph.D. Student
  • Ramil Mijares, Ph.D. Student
  • Smita Patel, M.S. Student
  • Ivinne Perrera Alvarez, M.S. Student
  • Carolyn Hardt, M.S. Student
  • Gizelle-Ann Torrizo, M.S. Student
  • Sireesha Ganti, M.S.
  • Nimisha Patel, M.S.
  • Aruna Yellai, M.S.
  • Amber Buhl, Undergraduate Research Intern
  • Rustin Fike, Undergraduate Research Intern

Visiting Scholars and International Collaborators:

  • Prof. Maria Theresa Cabaraban, Xavier University, Philippines (Fulbright Scholar - 2005)
  • Prof. Mark Milke, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand (Collaborator)

Professional History:

Michigan State University
Assistant Professor 2002 to date

Responsible for teaching courses and developing research program in geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering. I have been working on federally and private industry funded projects pertaining to field-scale bioreactor landfill evaluation, field-scale evaluation of leachate recirculation alternatives for MSW landfills, gas emissions from earthen and composite landfill caps, and developing new testing methods for geosynthetic products.

Tonkin & Taylor-Environmental Consultants, New Zealand
Senior Geo-environmental Engineer 1999 to 2001

Principal designer and consultant for several major landfills or landfill sites located in New Zealand.

GeoSyntec Consultants, Boca Raton, Florida
Assistant Project Engineer/Project Engineer 1995-1999

Designed and conducted field testing at several landfills located in the U.S. Served as water balance modeling expert for permitting alternate caps for landfills. Project manager for several RCRA investigations at NASA's John F. Kennedy (JFK) Space Center located in Florida.

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
Research/Teaching Assistant 1991-1995

Conducted NSF sponsored research on field-scale testing and water balance modeling of landfill covers. Also, conducted research on re-use of HDPE from recycled milk jugs for geotechnical and pavement applications. Instructed undergraduate Soil Mechanics lab.

University of Miami, Miami, Florida
Research/Teaching Assistant 1990-1991

Instructed undergraduate Soil Mechanics lab. Conducted NSF sponsored research on soil reinforcement using fibers and multi-oriented geosynthetic inclusions for geotechnical and pavement applications.

Publications:

Refereed Scientific Journal Publications

Haydar, M., and Khire, M. (2004), "Leachtate recirculation using horizontal trenches in bioreactor landfills" Journal of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, in review.

Haydar, M., and Khire, M. (2004), "Numerical Evaluation of Heterogeneity and Anisotropy of Waste Properties on Leachate Recirculation in Bioreactor Landfills" The Journal of Solid Waste Management & Technology, in review.

Khire, M., and El-Mohtar, C. (2004), "Lab-Scale Evaluation of Vertical Pullout Test for Measurement of Interface Friction between Geomembranes and Cohesionless Soils," Geotechnical Testing Journal ASTM, in preparation.

Khire, M., and Buhl, A. (2004), "Hydraulic Conductivity of Geosynthetic Clay Liners Permeated at Elevated Temperatures," Geotechnical Testing Journal ASTM, in preparation.

Haydar, M., and Khire, M. (2004), "Field-Scale Testing of Granular Blankets for Leachate Recirculation in MSW Landfills," Journal of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, in preparation.

Khire, M., Benson, C., and Bosscher, P. (2000), "Capillary Barriers in Semi-Arid and Arid Climates: Design Variables and the Water Balance," Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 126, No.8, pp. 695-708.

Khire, M., Benson, C., and Bosscher, P. (1999), "Capillary Barriers in Semi-Arid and Arid Climates: Field Data & Model Predictions Made with UNSAT-H," Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 125, No. 8, pp. 518-527.

Khire, M., Benson, C., and Bosscher, P. (1997), "Water Balance Modeling of Final Covers," Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 123, No.8, pp. 744-754.

Giroud, J., Khire, M., and Soderman, K. (1997), "Evaluation of the Rate of Liquid Migration through Defects of a Geomembrane Overlain by a Permeable Medium," Geosynthetic International, Vol. 4, Nos. 3-4, pp. 293-321.

Giroud, J., Khire, M., and McKelvey, J. (1997), "Evaluation of the Rate of Leachate Migration through a Defect of a Geomembrane Placed on a Semi-Permeable Soil," Geosynthetic International, Vol. 4, Nos. 3-4, pp. 323-334.

Giroud, J., Hadj-Hamou, T., and Khire, M. (1997), "Evaluation of the Rate of Leachate Migration through a Defect in a Geomembrane Underlain by a Saturated Permeable Medium," Geosynthetic International, Vol. 4, Nos. 3-4, pp. 349-372.

Meerdink, J., Benson, C., and Khire, M. (1996), "Unsaturated Hydraulic Conductivity of Two Compacted Barrier Soils," Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 122, No. 7, pp. 565-575.

Benson, C. and Khire M. (1994), "Reinforcement of Soils with Strips of Reclaimed High Density Polyethylene," Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, ASCE, 120(5), pp. 838-855.

Lawton, L., Khire, M., and N. Fox (1993), "Reinforcement of Soils by Multi-Oriented Geosynthetic Inclusions," Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, ASCE, 119(2), pp. 257-274.

Refereed Special Publications

Khire, M., and Haydar, M. (2004), "Leachate Recirulation Using Geocomposite Drainage Layer in Engineering MSW Landfills," ASCE GeoFrontiers 2005, Austin, TX, submitted.

Khire, M., Meerdink, J., Benson, C., and Bosscher, P. (1995), "Unsaturated Hydraulic Conductivity and Water Balance Predictions for Earthen Landfill Final Covers," ASCE 1995 National Convention on Soil Suction Applications in Geotechnical Engineering Practice, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 48, pp. 38-57.

Benson, C. and Khire M. (1995), "Earthen Covers for Semi-Arid and Arid Climates," ASCE 1995 National Convention on Landfill Closures-Environmental Protection and Land Recovery, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 53, pp. 201-217.

Invited Presentations/Abstract Presentations

Khire, M., and Haydar, M. (2004), "Field-Scale Testing of Leachate Recirulation Blankets," SWANA Wastecon 2004, Phoenix, AZ.

Khire, M. (2004), "Field-Scale Evaluation of Gas Emissions from an Instrumented Bioreactor Cell," Designing, Building, & Regulating Evapotranspirative (ET) Landfill Covers, RTDF Phytoremediation of Organics Action Team, Denver, CO, April.

Khire, M., Amputch, A., and Kortegast, T. (2001), "Full Cost Modeling of MSW Landfills," Ministry for the Environment Landfill Workshop, Wellington, New Zealand.

Khire, M., and Kortegast, T. (2000), "Design of State-of-the-Art Liner for Stage 3 of Bluegums Landfill," Landfill Design Guidelines Workshop, Waste Management Institute of New Zealand, Christchurch, New Zealand, May.

Khire, M., and Benson, C. (1998), "Water Balance Modeling of Capillary Barrier Landfill Caps, SWANA Landfill Symposium, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, April.

Khire, M., Benson, C., Bosscher, P., and R. Pliska (1994), "A Field-Scale Water Balance Study of Two Landfill Final Covers and Hydrologic Simulation Using the Model UNSAT-H," 1994 Agronomy Abstracts and Annual Meetings, Seattle, WA.

Conference Proceedings

Haydar, M., Khire, M., and Zhao X. (2004), "Field-Scale Testing of Leachate Recirculation Blanket Made Up of Scrap Tires at a MSW Landfill," Proceedings of the Nineteenth International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management, Philadelphia, March.

Haydar, M., and Khire, M. (2004), "Numerical Evaluation of Anisotropy and Heterogeneity of Waste Hydraulic Conductivity on Leachate Recirculation in MSW Landfills," Proceedings of the Nineteenth International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management, Philadelphia, March.

Khire, M., and Haydar, M. (2003), "Numerical Evaluation of Granular Blankets for Leachate Recirculation in MSW Landfills," Proceedings of the Ninth Sardinia Solid Waste Conference, Cagliary, Oct.

Voice, T., S. Hashsham, S., Khire, M., Maher, S., Musleh, R. and Zhao, Z. (2003), "Full-scale Evaluation of Bioreactor Landfill Technology," Presented at 8th Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, Lemnos Island, Greece, Sept. 8-10.

Zhao, X., Maher, S., Musleh, R., Khire, M., Voice, T. and Hashsham, S. (2003), "Full-scale evaluation of bioreactor landfill technology," Proceedings of SWANA 8th Annual Landfill Symposium, Atlantic City, NJ, June 16-20.

Zhao, X., Maher, S., Khire, M., Musleh, R., Voice, T., and Hashsham, S. (2003), "Bioreactor Landfill Research and Demonstration Project at the Northern Oaks Landfill, MI," Proceedings of the Waste Tech Landfill Conference 2003, New Orleans, Louisiana, Feb. 16-18.

Khire, M., Kortegast, M., and Amputch, A. (1999), "Field Data and Modeling of Leachate Quantities for New Zealand Landfills," Proceedings of WasteMINZ Conference, Queenstown, Nov.

Kortegast, A., Amputch, A., and Khire, M. (1999), "Financial Modeling of New Zealand Landfills," Proceedings of WasteMINZ Conference, Queenstown, Nov.

Giroud, J., Soderman, K., Khire, M., and Badu-Tweneboah, K. (1998), "New Developments in Landfill Liner Leakage Evaluation," GeoEnvironment 1998, Atlanta, USA, Nov.

Khire, M., Benson, C., and Bosscher, P. (1997), "Water Balance of Two Earthen Landfill Caps in a Semi-Arid Climate," Proceedings of International Containment Technology Conference and Exhibition, St. Petersburg, FL, Feb.

Williams, N., Khatami, A., Khire, M., and Perera, P. (1997), "Selection Criteria and Performance Evaluation Methodology for Landfill Lining Systems", Proceedings of Environment'97, International Conference and Trade Fair, Cairo, Egypt, Feb.

Benson, C., Khire, M., and Pliska, R. (1996), "Final Covers: HELP Needs Help from the Field," Waste Age, March, pp. 89-98.

Khire, M., Benson, C., Bosscher, P., and R. Pliska (1996), "Factors Affecting the Performance of Capillary Barriers in Semi-Arid and Arid Climates," Nineteenth International Madison Waste Conference, Madison, WI.

Benson, C. and Khire M. (1995), "Earthen Materials in Surface Barriers," National Academy of Sciences/DOE Workshop on Barrier Technology, Denver, CO, Aug. 13.

Khire, M., Benson, C., Bosscher, P., and Pliska R. (1994), "Field-Scale Comparison of Capillary and Resistive Landfill Covers in an Arid Climate," Fourteenth Annual Hydrology Days Conference, Fort Collins, CO, pp. 195-209.

Khire, M., Benson, C., Bosscher, P., and R. Pliska (1994), "A Field-Scale Water Balance Study of Three Landfill Final Covers," Seventeenth International Madison Waste Conference, Madison, WI.

Benson, C. and Khire M. (1993), "Reinforcement of Soils with Strips of Reclaimed HDPE," Proceedings, GeoSynthetics'93, pp. 935-948