The Sustainable Infrastructure and Geomechanical Research Lab (SIGLab), founded by Dr. Pooneh Maghoul, P.Eng. at the University of Manitoba, develops cutting-edge R&D programs related to the fundamental understanding and performance analysis of subsurface systems subject to complex loading within a multi-hazard context. This includes infrastructure which is resilient to climate change and geohazards on Earth and harsh environments in Space (low gravity conditions). These poromechanics-centered research programs deal with natural- and human-induced hazards, permafrost engineering, geostructural health monitoring, non-destructive testing, risk assessment, energy geostructures, geotechnical earthquake engineering and ground vibration, as well as bio-inspired self-burrowing (soft) robotics, bio-inspired subsurface sensing, and In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) on the Moon and beyond.
Poromechanics-Centered Multidisciplinary Research
Our vision (WHY we are doing this) is to merge diverse ideas to creatively bridge the traditional pillars of research to contribute towards tackling some of the 21st-century (civil) engineering challenges. We believe the only way to achieve this dream is to apply diversity and inclusion, or what we call global engineering, to our approach and methodology.
Our mission is to train inspired young professionals who are well-prepared for a challenging professional career. We provide a psychologically safe and enjoyable learning environment that helps our team members develop not only the hard skills required to complete their research projects but also the soft skills to lead an engineering project.