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

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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).

Having studied, worked in, and collaborated with various research and industrial institutes, I have enhanced my research, project management, and leadership skills, which inspired me in my HQP training. I have established connections with professionals and academics nationally and internationally, which I believe is crucial for the success and recognition of my research program. Further, my industrial experience is of benefit to my academic career in view of close ties with the industrial needs.

I have a solid publication record in high impact, peer-reviewed journals such as Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, International Journal of Solids and Structures, International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics and International Symposium and Conferences on Poromechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. I was an instructor in the Professional Development Course for Masonry Consultants and Contractors – Design of Structural Masonry at Structural Innovation and Monitoring Technologies Resource Centre (SIMTReC). Also, I have been invited to give several seminars and talks (Canadian Geotechnical Society – Manitoba Section, different faculties at University of Manitoba, Geothermal Symposium – WISE University of Waterloo, International Workshop on Characterisation of Materials with the inherent Microstructure: towards modeling of hydro-mechanical behavior – Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany)).

Since joining the University of Manitoba, I have been actively establishing and expanding my research to several interdisciplinary areas including stability of infrastructure affected by global warming in Northern Canada, development of new algorithms for non-destructive testing for geomaterials, structural integrity and serviceability of buried and ageing infrastructure in cold regions and landslide areas, ground vibration (seismic microzonation, traffic- and construction-induced vibration), renewable geothermal energy, and energy efficiency of below-grade building envelopes. I have been actively seeking new collaborations with industrial research partners and government agencies (Manitoba Infrastructure, Manitoba Hydro, Canadian Hydroelectric Corporations, Infrastructure Canada).

Currently, I am supervising one research fellow (unofficial post-doc), four PhD, six MSc, one MEng students, and two undergraduate summer students. Three of my MSc students will graduate by Fall 2018. I am committed to achieving gender equity and diversity in my HQP pool.

A number of research grants provided by the University of Manitoba (Start-Up Fund, URGP), NSERC Discovery Grant programNSERC Engage GrantNSERC CREATE, and MITACS program supports my research training.


English, French, Persian 

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Azeri, Turkish   

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Spanish, Italian, Arabic 

Beginner (I can read!)


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