Dr. Jesús Gómez


Dr. Jesús Gómez, P.E., has been active in geotechnical and geostructural engineering for more than 20 years. He obtained a Civil Engineering degree from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela, and immediately started work as a geotechnical engineer where he developed significant expertise in rock and soil slope stabilization. Later transitioning into contracting, he worked as a field and design engineer for Franki Pile, where he gained practical construction experience in specialty geotechnical techniques such as tiebacks, micropiles, and deep foundations. While at Franki Pile, he developed a strong research program aimed to develop practical design guidelines for deep foundations and taught undergraduate soil mechanics courses.

In 1995, Dr. Gómez became a researcher at Virginia Tech working a a project sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers. There he developed a numerical model for soil-structure interfaces for design of large earth-retaining structures that allows for less conservatism during design and significant construction savings.

Having obtained his doctorate from Virginina Tech in the year 2000, Dr. Gómez became the leader of geostructural design of Schnabel Engineering. Working from West Chester, Pennsylvania, Dr. Gómez has developed a geostructural design practice oriented to serve contractors and owners by developing practical and economical solutions to a variety of geotechnical problems. At the core of this practice is the focus on developing a close relationship between the geotechnical professional and the contractor as the key for innovations in construction and improvement of the geotechnical practice. Dr. Gómez has developed innovative solutions to important projects in the US and abroad involving different specialty geo techniques such as micropiles, jet grouting, limited mobility grouting, tiebacks, vibro-replacement, etc. Dr. Gómez has also stayed active in teaching and research, having authored or co-authored a variety of publications on topics of practical importance to geodesigners and contractors.