Chuck A. Gemayel, PE has held positions of increasing responsibility since joining SME in 1987, and currently serves as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President. In this role, he works closely with all of our Group Leaders to continuously improve service delivery and develop strong client relationships.

Chuck also serves as a Project Manager on a variety of pavement management, design and evaluation projects throughout the United States including highways and airfield pavements. He specializes in nondestructive evaluation of pavement structures and he was one of the instructors on NHI’s Pavement Deflection Analysis course (NHI Course 13127).

He currently serves as the Program Manager for SME’s contract with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to provide pavement research, field-testing, and technical support for the FHWA Pavement Surface Characteristics (PSC) Program. He also served as the Project Manager for the Innovative Pavement Research Foundation (IPRF) project on Joint Load Transfer Efficiency of Concrete Airfield Pavements. In addition, Chuck served as a project engineer for eight years on FHWA’s Long Term Pavement Performance program (LTPP) formerly known as the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP), a $150 million, nationwide study of pavement performance. Chuck is a registered Professional Engineer in Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Pennsylvania, and has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and MS degree in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University.

Chuck is an expert in pavement design, management and evaluation, knowledgeable in state-of-the-art analysis and evaluation of highway and airfield pavements, and proficient in materials testing procedures including conventional as well as state-of-the-art methods. He has provided project management/review for numerous MDOT projects for the Metro Region as well as sub-consultant services for MDOT through others.

Chuck has been active in many professional organizations serving as President of the Southeast Oakland County Municipal Engineers (SOCME), American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA), ASCE Airfield Pavement Committee of the Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI), Transportation Research Board (served on several technical committees), ASTM Member of D-4 Committee on Road and Paving Materials, and the Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD) Users Group.

Outside of his busy work schedule, Chuck enjoys traveling with his wife and three children as well as photography, hunting and other outdoor activities. He is a proud member of the Lebanese American community and previously served as President of the Lebanese American Club of Michigan (LACOM), as well as a board member of his church Advisory Board (St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church). Chuck also serves on an advisory board for Macomb Community College (MCC) Facilities Design & Construction area and previously served on the Transportation Committee of Focus Macomb, a partnership for economic development in Macomb County.


Improving a church’s site and building to meet future needs

The parish is undergoing major repairs and renovations to preserve and improve their ministry for the next sixty-seven years of service to Waterford, Michigan and its surrounding communities.

Jimmy John's Field: community eyesore to celebrated asset

Redeveloping former landfills into Jimmy John's Field represented a “game changer” in the world of community place-making. It spurred revitalization of downtown Utica, Michigan that ended decades of neglect by creating a destination where families gather and businesses can thrive.