Bureau C-559 | C.P. 6079, succ. Centre-Ville, Montréal, (Québec) CANADA, H3C 3A7

Contact Information

Call: +1 (514) 340-4711 #2993


Pooneh Maghoul

Founder and Lead, Sustainable Infrastructure and Geomechanical Laboratory (SIGLab)
Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering
Adjunct Professor, Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering
Chair of the Education Committee, Board of Directors, Canadian Geotechnical Society
Board of Directors, Canadian Permafrost Association
Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, Canadian Permafrost Association

Lead Author, Canadian Foundation Engineering Manual (5th Edition, 2022)

Research Interests: Computational Mechanics, Mechanics of Multiphase Porous Media, Fundamental Behaviors of Geomaterials, Multiscale Modeling, Wave Analysis, Geohazards (landslide, earthquake, and climate change), Northern Infrastructure, Permafrost, Renewable Geothermal Energy, Non-Destructive-Testing Techniques, Soil-Structure Interaction, Bio-Inspired Solutions Toward Sustainable and Smart Geotechnics


  1. 12/2010 – 12/2012

    Post-Doctorate in Geotechnical Engineering

    Université Laval, Quebec-City, QC
  2. 10/2007 – 11/2010

    PhD in Geotechnical Engineering

    Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, Paris, France
  3. 09/2006 – 06/2007

    MSc in Soil and Rock Mechanics and Environmental Geomechanics

    Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, Paris, France
  4. 09/2002 – 06/2006

    BSc in Civil Engineering

    University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
  5. 1995-2002

    National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents


Work Experience

  1. 08/2021-Present
    Associate Professor
    Polytechnique Montréal
  2. 04/2020-08/2021
    Associate Professor (Tenure-Track, awarded early promotion)
    The University of Manitoba
  3. 07/2015-03/2020
    Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track)
    The University of Manitoba, Department of Civil Engineering, Winnipeg (MB), Canada
  4. 2018-2020
    Director of R&D
    Hybrixcel Inc., Toronto, ON
  5. 2016-2017
    Maternity Leave
  6. 01/2017-
    Adjunct Professor
    The University of Manitoba, Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering, Winnipeg (MB), Canada
  7. 09/2017-
    Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE), University of Waterloo, Waterloo (ON), Canada
  8. 2014-2015
    École de Technologie Supérieure, Département de Génie de la Construction, Montreal (QC), Canada
  9. 2014
    École Polytechnique, Département des Génies Civil, Géologique et des Mines, Montreal (QC), Canada
  10. 2013-2014
    Geotechnical Project Manager
    ABS Group Inc., Montreal, QC
  11. 2010-2012
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Université Laval, NSERC-Hydro-Québec Industrial Research Chair, Quebec-City (QC), Canada
  12. 2006-2010
    Graduate Research Assistant
    École des Ponts ParisTech, Navier Laboratory, Paris, France
  13. 2005-2006
    Junior Civil Engineer
    Sakoo Consulting Engineers, Tehran, Iran

Awards & Distinctions

  • 2022
    Outstanding Young Geotechnical Engineer Award
    International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE)
  • 2021
    Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 - WXN, Nominated
  • 2020
    2019 Best Paper Award
    Journal of Cold Regions Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2019-2020
    Canadian Science Policy Fellowship (Selected by Mitacs)
  • 2019
    Best Paper Award
    International Conference on Geotechnique, Construction Materials and Environment (GEOMATE 2019), Tokyo, Japan
  • 2018
    Excellent Paper Award
    International Conference on Medical and Biosciences, Montreal (QC), Canada
  • 2012
    PhD Thesis Award (Finalist)
    Le Monde de la Recherche Universitaire (Le Monde magazine), Paris, France
  • 2011
    PhD Thesis Award (Finalist)
    ParisTech, Paris, France
  • 2011
    PhD Thesis Award (Finalist)
    Université du Conseil General, Marne-la-Vallée, France
  • 2011
    PhD Thesis Award (Finalist)
    Université Paris-Est, Paris, France
  • 2011
    PhD Thesis Award (Finalist)
    École des Ponts ParisTech, Paris, France
  • 2010
    PhD with "très honorable avec félicitations du jury" meaning "Very Honorable, with Committee Praise", which is the highest academic distinction awarded in the French academic university system.
    École des Ponts ParisTech, Paris, France
  • 2007-2010
    Research Scholarship (Allocation de Recherche)
    École des Ponts ParisTech, Paris, France
  • 2006-2007
    International Student Scholarship
    Ministère Français des Affaires Etrangères, EGIDE, Paris, France