SMS Geotechnical Solution, Inc. is a professional engineering consulting firm providing services in the field of geotechnical engineering soils and materials testing and special inspections established as currently being operated in 2014.
CE, GE: Owner, Principal Officer
Registered Civil and Geotechnical Engineer with over 30 years experience in the field of geotechnical engineering and soils and materials laboratory testing. S. Mehdi S. Shariat holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Indiana Institute of Technology in 1981 and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1983. He is responsible for managing geotechnical investigations and supervising field operations and testing. He is also responsible for laboratory management and supervision. He obtained his experience by holding different field, laboratory, design, report writing, management and partnership positions in his own and prior goetechnical engineering firms throughout his career.
GEG: Registered Engineering Geologist
Steven Melzer is a California state-licensed Professional Geologist and state-certified Engineering Geologist with more than 20 years experience in the field of geology and geotechnical projects. Mr. Melzer received his Bachelor of Science in Geology and Geophysics from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 1985. He conducts geological and geotechnical field investigations while coordinating with clients and the project design team. Among his field responsibilities are project research and reconnaissance, determining the appropriate site-specific exploratory investigative means, geologic mapping / logging exploratory excavations, and collecting pertinent in-situ earth material samples for laboratory testing.
Senior Staff Geologist
Kevin McFarland is currently the senior staff geologist and supervising laboratory technician for SMS Geotechnical Solutions, Inc. Kevin received his Bachelors of Science in Engineering Geology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2015. Upon graduating and prior to working for SMS Geotechnical, he has worked for Vinje and Middleton Engineering as a field and laboratory technician. He has received his nuclear gauge and HAZMAT certification through APNGA in 2017. Kevin has also received ACI Aggregate Testing Technician – Level 1 certification (#01647196) and ICC Soils Special Inspector certification (#9245383) in 2019.
Senior Staff Engineer
Shawn Bahramian is currently the senior staff engineer and inspecting/testing technician for SMS Geotechnical Solutions, Inc. Shawn received his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Yazd University in Iran in 2000. Upon graduating, he has worked as a construction manager for residential, commercial, and industrial projects in Iran for almost 10 years. Since 2017, Shawn has worked in the field of soils and geotechnical engineering. Shawn has a nuclear gauge certificate and training from Maurer Technical Services. He has also received ACI Aggregate Testing Technician – Level 1 certification (#01647195) and ICC Soils Special Inspector certification (#9244612) in 2019.
Danny served 9 years in the Marine Corps where he was stationed under four different units on MCB Camp Pendleton California. Danny obtained the rank of SSgt, and received an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps in 2017. Upon his discharge from the military, Danny attended San Diego State University and is expected to graduate in May of 2022 with a BS in Civil Engineering. Danny has received his OSHA 10-hour certificate, attended the HAZWOPER 40-hour course, and received the Nuclear Gauge Certificate. Danny is currently a Staff Engineer with SMS Geotechnical Solutions where his duties vary from field engineering, observation, and testing, to mapping field data and a variety of the required engineering office work.
Valerie has over 25 years experience working for civil engineering and soils/geotechnical engineering firms. She joined SMS Geotechnical Solutions, Inc. since 2014. She assists in report preparation, accounts receivables, account payables, payroll and various office management work.
Senior Field Technician
Javier Hernandez is a San Diego native. He attended La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad. After High School he attended both San Diego State University and Cal State San Marcos. He has over 7 years of soil technician experiences and joined SMS Geotechnical Engineering in 2022. He currently holds a Senior Field Technician position with SMS.