Mark J. Carlson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mining/ Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and dual-Master’s Degrees in both Mining Engineering and Civil Engineering (from Penn State University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, respectively).  Mark currently works as Vice President of Engineering of Kelchner, an ENR Top 20 excavation/ heavy civil and site development contractor and an industry leader in large commercial site development, oil/ gas well pad and water impoundment construction, soil stabilization, and full-depth reclamation (FDR). Kelchner is a leader in the heavy civil construction of oil/ gas-related infrastructure in both the Utica and Marcellus oil shale plays and has several offices in Ohio and West Virginia.  


Mr. Carlson has previously served as Senior Vice President/ Chief Engineer for one of the largest engineering consulting firms in the US and was Head of their Oil/ Gas/ Pipeline/ Mining Group. Mr. Carlson is a Registered Professional Engineer (PE) in fifteen States, a Registered Professional Geologist (RPG) in Kentucky, and a Board-certified Geotechnical Engineering Diplomate (D.GE) through the Geo-Institute of ASCE.  Mark has been in responsible  charge of many thousands of geotechnical projects encompassing soil and rock mechanics for tunnel and culvert engineering, slope stability, foundation evaluations for all types of structures, embankment design, retaining wall design, deep foundations design, evaluation of geosynthetic materials, and mining engineering-related issues for sites located all across the continental US and Alaska.  Mr. Carlson has worked in the geotechnical/ mining engineering consulting industry for 28 years and is the author of several nationally-published technical papers.