Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1999
  • M.S., Water Resources, Cairo University, 1994
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Cairo University, 1992

Dr. Tarek Saba is a principal scientist in Exponent's Environmental & Earth Sciences practice and the Maynard, Massachusetts, Office Director. He has 27 years of professional and academic experience in industrial archeology, hydrogeology, chemical forensics, and chemical fate and transport analysis. 

As a consultant and expert witness, Dr. Saba has advised clients in cases involving reconstruction of chemical releases (tracking sources and timing), fate and transport of chemicals, and allocation of contamination liability and remedy costs among responsible parties under different legal frameworks, such as CERCLA, RCRA, and NRDA, and in different industrial settings, such as hydraulic fracturing, natural gas storage fields, petroleum refineries, salt domes, manufactured gas plants (MGPs), landfills, coal ash basins, coal mines, coal ash ponds, salvage yards, pesticide and herbicide manufacturing facilities, military sites, airports, and shipyards, among many others.

Dr. Saba's expertise includes chemical fingerprinting and evaluating the environmental chemistry of different chemical groups such as PCBs, PFAS, dioxins and furans, metals, PAHs, petroleum products (e.g., gasoline, diesel fuels) and petroleum additives (e.g., MTBE), LNAPL, DNAPL, chlorinated solvents (PCE, TCE, and their degradation products and additives such as 1,4-dioxane), tar and creosote, and radioactive compounds (e.g., radium). Before joining Exponent, Dr. Saba worked on developing groundwater remediation technology as a subcontractor for EPA.