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Black & Veatch, a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company, has named Chris Mueller a regional Director of Tunneling, based in the San Francisco Bay area. In his new role, Mueller is responsible for regional growth of the Tunnel Practice for the company’s water business, while also supporting projects globally.
“Chris has a natural gift to make complex decisions seem immediately clear to a very diverse group of people,” said David F. Egger, global tunneling practice leader for Black & Veatch’s water business. “This provides tremendous value to our clients on large, complex water conveyance and tunnel projects. His energy and insight will have an immediate and very positive impact to the clients we serve.”
Mueller, who holds a Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering from the University of Illinois, brings more than 20 years of experience in planning, design and construction of tunnels with specific application to the water, wastewater and hydropower sectors. Mueller has extensive project experience in both hard rock and soft ground in the far West and Midwestern U.S. He has published and presented dozens of articles and papers on tunneling, geotechnical issues and risk management.
Mueller also has extensive experience in other regions of the U.S. and overseas. In New Zealand, he served as lead tunnel engineer and project geotechnical engineer for hydroelectric projects.
In addition to his doctorate, he holds a bachelor’s in geophysics from St. Louis University and a master’s in geotechnical engineering from Northwestern University.