DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION OF THE SR 99 TUNNEL IN SEATTLE
THE ALASKAN WAY VIADUCT REPLACEMENT
dr. Mike wongkaew, pe, se
Associate Vice President and National Tunnel Practice Lead
Mike is an Associate Vice President and National Tunnel Practice Lead – Northwest for HNTB Corporation. He has extensive hands-on experience in the design and construction of tunnels and underground structures. His professional accomplishments included designing the first single-pass steel fiber reinforced precast concrete tunnel lining in the US (East Side CSO Tunnel Project, Portland, OR), providing structural and tunnel design oversight for the world’s largest bored tunnel project (SR 99 Bored Tunnel Project, Seattle, WA) and leading the tunnel conceptual engineering for the Los Angeles to Palmdale section of the California High Speed Rail Project which included more than 22 route miles of tunnels through challenging geology and densely developed region.
Mike received bachelor degree with distinction, master degree, and doctor of philosophy degree in civil engineering from Purdue University. He has regularly published in the areas of underground engineering and seismic soil-structure interaction analysis and design. He also serves as a peer reviewer for ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering.
Prior to joining HNTB, Mike served as the chief tunnel engineer for Elon Musk’s The Boring Company. Mike currently is leading the tunnel and underground engineering effort for Sound Transit West Seattle and Ballard Links Extension Project in Seattle.