Sevada Yeghikian

Sevada joined the AES team in June of 2017 after graduating with a Master of Science degree in Civil & Geotechnical Engineering from California State University, Los Angeles. He migrated to Los Angeles from Tehran, Iran in 2000 and opened an Italian Restaurant called Georgie’s Cucina with his father, and helped manage the restaurant during his college years. Sevada’s responsibilities within the company include field observations, compaction testing, running percolation tests, drilling, logging, and sampling. He is currently working on obtaining his ICC & Deputy Grading Inspector licenses. In his free time, Sevada enjoys watching & making movies, camping, and hiking.

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Shant Minas, PG, EG, PMP

Shant Minas is the principal engineering geologist and managing director of AES. As part of his tasks he oversees all field exploration, conducts detailed geologic investigations, and prepares reports and geologic maps. From the time he joined AES in 2003 he has been largely responsible for continued innovation and augmentation of AES’s growing list of services offered, including earthquake fault rupture hazard studies, landslide investigation and mitigation, methane testing and mitigation design, percolation testing, water quality testing, deputy inspection, and environmental investigations. He graduated CSULA with an MS in Geology in 2008 and earned his PG and EG licenses in 2011 and 2013.
In addition to his primary expertise as an engineering geologist and project manager, Shant also earned degrees in economics (BA, ’01) and financial mathematics (MS, ’03) from USC. He served honorably in the US Army with an overseas tour in Korea, served as Chair of the Association of Engineering Geologists’ SoCal section from 2014-2016, and is also a part-time professor at CSULA in engineering geology. His hobbies include mountain biking, writing, travel, and guitar.

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Suresh Basnet

Suresh joined the AES team in 2013, working as a designer for methane barrier, de-watering, and waterproofing systems, as well as inspecting passive and active methane mitigation and waterproofing systems for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. He received his Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from the Institution of Engineers in India, and worked at numerous companies in Nepal before moving to the United States to further his career. He is a Registered Deputy Inspector for Methane Barrier Systems, as well as a Certified Inspector for Waterproofing and Methane Barriers. He also holds an Engineering-In-Training License from the California State Board for Professional Engineers.

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Toufic Zeidan

Toufic (Ted) graduated with a degree in Geology in 2013 from the University of California Northridge. He also holds an M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of California Fullerton. He got his first practical experience performing lab soil testing along with field soil inspections. He holds a soils special inspector license from the International Code Council (ICC), a Deputy Grading Inspector License, and is a certified Nuclear Gauge safety handler. Ted is currently putting his educational background to use more effectively by juggling between the geology and environmental scope of work at AES, which includes conducting hillside field explorations and project management to environmental phase I assessment. His hobbies include motorcycling during the weekends and he is an avid aviation enthusiast with plans to earn his private pilot license.

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Wahick (Vince) Mehrabian

Wahick (Vince) joined AES in 2013 as a staff geologist & AutoCAD drafter. He earned his B.S. in Geology in 1992 from University of Tehran. Wahick worked as a geologist in different dam construction companies back in Iran before coming to USA in 1999. He got his AS in Architectural Design from Glendale Community College and a certificate in Construction Inspection from Pasadena City College. Wahick is a registered Deputy Methane Barrier Inspector in the City of Los Angeles. He also has years of experience working as a designer & drafter in various architectural & structural engineering offices in Los Angeles.

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Christopher Amador-French

Christopher earned his M.S. in Applied Geoscience from the University of Washington (Seattle) in 2016 after completing a B.S. in Geology at Portland State University in 2014. He joined AES in the summer of 2018 as a project geologist with nearly 10 years of experience in environmental and engineering geology. Christopher’s responsibilities include conducting Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, hillside geotechnical investigations, and fault studies. He is an active member of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists. In his off time, you will find Christopher exploring the many mountains and beaches of southern California.

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