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Karthik Obla  Ph.D., P.E., FACI
Vice President, Technical Services

With nearly 25 years of experience in concrete technology, he is responsible for NRMCA’s concrete producer quality initiatives, research investigations at the laboratory, and oversees various educational programs and technical publications at NRMCA. He jointly manages the activities of the NRMCA Research, Engineering and Standards Committee, which oversees the performance based specifications initiative.

Karthik joined NRMCA in 2003. Prior to that he was Technical Manager at Boral Material Technologies.

Karthik holds a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from IIT (BHU), Varanasi, India and Masters and Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Maryland. He has published over 100 technical articles in journals, including a book on Concrete Quality and a chapter in a book on Concrete Sustainability. He has presented in several international conferences.

Karthik is a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute and a winner of ACI’s Young Professional Achievement Award. He was awarded the ASTM Award of Appreciation by Committee E60 on Sustainability and C09 on Concrete. He served as Vice-President and President for the ACI San Antonio Chapter.

Karthik is an active member of several ACI committees, including 201, Durability of Concrete; 211, Proportioning Concrete Mixtures; 214, Evaluation of Results of Tests Used to Determine the Strength of Concrete; 232, Fly Ash in Concrete; 236, Material Science of Concrete; 240, Natural Pozzolans; 329, Performance Criteria for Ready Mixed Concrete; 365, Service Life Prediction; 555, Concrete with Recycled Materials; and C601-B, Concrete Quality Technical Manager. He has served as Chair for ACI 232 and as a member of ACI’s Concrete Research Council.

Karthik is an active member of several ASTM subcommittees, including C09.24, Supplementary Cementitious Materials; C09.26, Chemical Reactions; C09.40, Ready Mixed Concrete; C09.49, Pervious Concrete; C09.50, Risk Management for Alkali Aggregate Reactions; and C09.66, Concrete Resistance to Fluid Penetration. He has served as Chair for ASTMC C09.49.

Karthik is an active member of several TRB standing committees, including AFN20, Properties of Concrete; AFN 40, Concrete Materials and Placement Techniques. He has served as a panelist in several FHWA research projects.


Email: KObla@nrmca.org | Phone: 240-485-1163



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