James E. Koch, Ph.D., P.E.

Senior Vice President and Regional Director of the Mid-Atlantic Region

James E. Koch, Ph.D., P.E., is Senior Vice President and Regional Director of Michael Baker International’s Mid-Atlantic Region, which includes Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and the District of Columbia.  He is responsible for overseeing all operations in addition to developing and implementing a strategic growth plan. 
Dr. Koch has more than 40 years of military and engineering firm experience with a rich background in federal and international programs. He spent the first half of his career with the United States Army, progressing through various positions in all aspects of engineering operations before serving as a Battalion and Joint Task Force Commander in Central America.  His final assignment was as the Director, U.S. Army Engineer School’s Department of Tactics, Leadership & Engineering.  Dr. Koch retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel before starting his career in the private sector. Prior to joining Michael Baker International, he served in senior leadership positions where he managed and led projects, programs and operations across the United States and in numerous other countries.
Dr. Koch is a Fellow in both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Society of American Military Engineers.  He is also a member of the Lean Construction Institute, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Army Engineer Association and the Construction Management Association of America. Throughout his career, Dr. Koch has received numerous awards, including the United States Department of Defense Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster and the Army Engineer Association Bronze and Silver Order of the de Fleury Medals.
Dr. Koch holds a B.S. in Commerce from Washington and Lee University. He earned a M.S. in Civil Engineering and the Degree of Engineer in Construction Engineering and Management from Stanford University. He also has a Ph.D. in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri - Rolla.