Dr. Atef “Adam” Saleh, PE, MBA


Dr. Saleh is the president of SOLQUEST Engineering, Inc.  He received his doctoral (Ph.D.) degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is a registered Professional Engineer with over 33 years of progressive technical and management experience on projects of widely varying types (onshore and offshore), sizes, geographical distribution (domestic and international), and foundation conditions.  He possesses strong technical/problem-solving skills and extensive experience in both the analytical and experimental aspects of soil mechanics and foundation engineering.

Through SOLQUEST Engineering, Inc., he provides geotechnical consulting services to various entities including oil and engineering companies.  Prior to creating SOLQUEST Engineering, Inc., Dr. Saleh served as a Senior Research Engineer in the Offshore Division of ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (previously known as EPR).  During his employment with ExxonMobil, he developed new technology aimed at improving design basis and reducing costs of foundation systems in deep and ultra-deep waters.  He also provided geotechnical stewardship and consulting for ExxonMobil affiliates on offshore exploration, development, and production projects worldwide.

Dr. Saleh’s experience also includes a large number of onshore projects.  Earlier in his career he established a full-service Boston office of Houston, Texas geotechnical firm.  He managed an office of six engineers that provided geotechnical support to major CM companies for the $15-billion Central Artery and $7-billion Boston Harbor Projects.

Dr. Saleh served as an adjunct Professor at the University of Houston.  He taught Advanced Foundation Design for the Graduate Department of Civil Engineering.  He is presently teaching the geotechnical lectures of the “Design of Fixed Offshore Platforms” offered annually at the University of Texas at Austin.