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Joseph M. Cibor, P.E.

Professor in the Practice

Brief Bio

Mr. Cibor is a Professor in the Practice of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University, lecturing in Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering. He is Founder and Principal of Cibor, Inc., a geoconsulting practice headquartered in Houston, Texas. The firm serves clients in the commercial, institutional, governmental and energy sectors. Services are focused on traditional foundation engineering, site characterization, geoforensics, and evaluating and managing risk associated with adverse ground conditions.

Prior to founding his own firm, Mr. Cibor was a member of Fugro's Global Management Team, where he led the onshore and nearshore  geotechnical practices throughout the Americas. The group was comprised of five operating companies,with over 1100 professional,technical and support personnel in 39 offices spanning the Continental U.S.,Canada, and Central and South America.

With over 36 years of experience as a geotechnical engineer, Mr. Cibor has performed numerous geotechnical investigations along the Gulf Coast, in other regions of the United States and overseas. His past experience ranges from industrial, petrochemical and LNG facilities to high-rise structures and low to mid-rise commercial complexes, from bridges, bulkheads, embankments and levees, to power plants, water and wastewater facilities, power plants and roadways. He has been involved in a number of forensic studies and has testified as an expert witness.

He served as Chair of the Stormwater Management Committee of the Greater Houston Partnership.  He was President of the Texas Council of Engineering Laboratories. He served as national chair of the Practice Issues and Trends Committee of ASFE, on its Board of Directors for three years, becoming President of the national organization in 2006. He is a member of the Construction Industry Roundtable (CIRT), and served on both its board and executive committee . He has also served in leadership roles in other organizations including ASCE,SMPS, NSPE and ACEC Texas.

Joseph Cibor is an inaugural inductee of the Academy of Geoprofessionals. He was Chair of the External Advisory Committees of both the University of Texas' Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering and Purdue University's School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Cibor earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in 1976 and 1978, respectively. He also completed the Program for Management Development (PMD) at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Adminministration.

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