Room E1- 432 (EITC), 15 Gillson Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 5V6

Contact Information

Call: +1 (204) 474-8725


Pooneh Maghoul

Founder and Lead, Assistant Professor

Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Manitoba

I am an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Manitoba (UofM) and the founder of the Sustainable Infrastructure and Geomechnical Laboratory at the UofM.

My main areas of expertise are the integration of structural systems and energy in sustainable infrastructure including ground vibration and geotechnical earthquake engineering, geo-hazard (landslide, earthquake, and climate change), soil-pipeline interaction, stability of infrastructure in warm permafrost areas, renewable geothermal energy, energy geo-structures, and development of non-destructive-testing techniques for geo-materials.

I am a Professional Engineer of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of Manitoba (2016-Present) and l’Ordre des Ingenieurs du Quebec (2014-2016; membership is not renewed).

I received my PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from Ecole des Ponts ParisTech (Paris Institute of Technology), France, in 2010. I held a postdoctoral fellowship at NSERC-Hydro-Quebec Industrial Research Chair at Laval University (2010-2012) in Quebec. Before joining the University of Manitoba in July 2015, I worked as a project manager on more than 65 highly varied geotechnical projects including embankment design in cold regions, liquefaction analysis, foundation design, pavement design, and soil-structure analysis across Quebec (2013-2014). These projects were performed in collaboration with Ministère du Transport du Quebec (MTQ), the City of Montreal, other municipalities, SNC-Lavalin, and EXP among others. I also worked as a sessional lecturer at Polytechnique of Montreal and Ecole de Technologie Superieure (2014-2015).


Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (2016-Present)

Quebec Professional Engineers (2014-2016)

International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering  (2013-Present)

Canadian Geotechnical Society (2013-Present)

Engineering Institute of Canada (2017-Present)

American Society of Civil Engineers (2014-Present)

International Permafrost Association (2013-Present)


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

Awards & Distinctions

  • 2019
    New Frontiers in Research Fund - Exploration Competition
    Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC)
  • 2019-2020
    Canadian Science Policy Fellowship
  • 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
  • 2010-2012
    Postdoctoral Fellowship
    NSERC-Hydro-Québec Industrial Research Chair, Université Laval, Quebec City (QC), Canada
  • 2012
    PhD Thesis Award (Nominated)
    Le Monde de la Recherche Universitaire (Le Monde magazine), Paris, France
  • 2011
    PhD Thesis Award (Nominated)
    ParisTech, Paris, France
  • 2011
    PhD Thesis Award (Nominated)
    Université du Conseil General, Marne-la-Vallée, France
  • 2011
    PhD Thesis Award (Nominated)
    Université Paris-Est, Paris, France
  • 2011
    PhD Thesis Award (Nominated)
    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
  • 2004
    International Student Bridge Design Competition (1st position)
    The University of British Colombia, Okanagan, Canada
  • 2002
    Ranked Top 0.1% in the National University Entrance Examination (Mathematics & Physics)
    The University of Tehran (Admitted), Iran
  • 1995-2002
    Less than 1% of applicants admitted through a Nationwide Entrance Examination
    National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (Admitted), Iran