The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) has named David Graham, P.E., of Dan Brown and Associates, as chair of the group’s Drilled Shaft Committee. He succeeds Paul Axtell, P.E., D.GE, also of Dan Brown and Associates.

Graham is a senior engineer based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He has over 14 years of experience in the geotechnical engineering and construction industry. He has consulted on deep foundation design, load testing and construction for many major bridges throughout the U.S., including several Mississippi River crossings and the Gordie Howe International Bridge currently under construction between Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario. Graham is a licensed professional engineer in nine states and the District of Columbia. He is the lead author of eight peer-reviewed technical papers. An active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the DFI, Graham holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from Auburn University.

The Drilled Shaft Committee’s mission to advance the state of the practice, as well as the state-of-the-art in design, construction and quality verification of drilled shaft foundation systems.

The DFI is an international association of contractors, engineers, academics and suppliers in the deep foundations industry with more than 4,000 members worldwide. For more information about the Deep Foundations Institute, visit