Chris N. Kavalaris, P.E. Vice President/Professional Engineer
Mr. Kavalaris has specialized in the testing and inspection business since the mid 1970s; having over 34 years of experience in the construction industry pertaining to commercial, private, residential, hospital, school (private and public) and a variety of projects. Mr. Kavalaris is a licensed professional Civil Engineer in the states of California, Washington, and Hawaii.
Raghubar Shrestha, Ph.D, PE Senior Engineer
Mr. Shrestha brings enormous expertise and depth to CEL’s pavement engineering department. He received his Ph.D. in geotechnical pavement and materials engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, NV in 2009. He has extensive knowledge in all asphaltic applications including recycle asphaltic pavement (RAP), pavement analysis and design, and has developed and implemented pavement management systems. He also has deep knowledge in soils mechanics and geo-synthetics designs. In addition to his past tenure as an assistant professor, Mr. Shrestha brings over five years of industry experience in California.
Greg LeRoy, P.E. Staff Engineer
Mr. LeRoy has over 20 years experience in the construction industry. He joined CEL in 2005 and performs field inspection activities, quality control functions, and report and submittal reviews As well as being a licensed professional engineer, he is ICC certified in reinforced concrete and structural steel.
Cliff Lowe Field Supervisor
Mr. Lowe is a highly-skilled special inspector who is now devoting his skills and energy to oversee and facilitate the outstanding performance of our inspectors on a daily basis out in the field. As an inspector with over 30 years of experience, Mr. Lowe provides technical input to designers, contractors, and our own field staff to ensure the high –quality performance of our project team.
Bahman Chobak Steel Field Supervisor
Bahman Chobak has over 30 years of experience creating and running QA & NDT businesses, as well as applying and improving existing systems. Mr. Chobak is certified in various International Systems such as ASNT, ACCP and PCN, and has been so for over 25 years. He is a delegate to the IIW Commission V and VII as well as a CMC Member of the ASNT Certification Management Council. Mr. Chobak is very well well-versed in International Codes and Standards, making him a valued member of our team.
Wilson Ye Laboratory Director
Mr. Ye joined CEL in 2012 as Laboratory Supervisor and is now CEL’s Laboratory Director. With over 5 years of experience in the construction industry as well as a degree in Civil Engineering from UC Davis, Mr. Ye’s experience and intellect are an asset to the team. As a Project Engineer, he contributed to the successful completion of hundreds of projects in the SF Bay Area. In his current role as Laboratory Director, he oversees testing and provides technical analysis and solutions for our clients. Mr. Ye is also certified by NICET and Caltrans in Soils, Asphalt, and Concrete materials testing.