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Magued Iskander

Magued Iskander

Professor and Department Chair

Civil and Urban Engineering


Geotechnical engineering educator with over 25 years of experience in analysis, design, and construction of foundations including teaching, research, and consulting.

  • Research Contributions: Recognized as the leader of two areas of geotechnical research: (1) modeling of soil structure interaction and flow using transparent soil surrogates, and (2) behavior of piling made of recycled polymers.  Additionally performed notable research on plugging of pipe piles, non-destructive testing of drilled shafts, seismic earth pressure, and soil structure interaction of rigidly framed structures.
  • Scholarship: Authored four books, edited ten books, and published over 150 papers and reports including over 80 refereed journal articles. Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI of over $12 million in funded grants and contracts.
  • Mentorship: Graduated 11 doctoral and 35 masters students.  Served on the doctoral committees of 20 graduates at three universities.  
  • Teaching Interests: Geotechnical engineering; foundation engineering; urban excavation support systems; advanced foundation design; and instrumentation, monitoring, and condition assessment of civil engineering structures.
  • Awards: Recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and five highly regarded teaching awards.
  • K-12 Outreach: Employed sensors and robotics in K-12 classrooms to engage students and excite them about pursuing their STEM studies.  Supervised the activities of over 50 Fellows deployed as engineers in residence in a variety of schools. 
  • Invited Speaker: Presented over 25 invited research presentations, 70 conference presentations, and 35 short courses to professional groups across the United States and Canada. 


University of Texas, 1995

Doctor of Philosophy, Geotechnical Engineering

Alexandria University, 1985

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering


Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Head, Civil & Urban Engineering Department

From: July 2013 to present

Polytechnic Institute of New York University


From: March 2011 to present

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Speaker of the Faculty

Principal faculty representative to the institute administration. Chaired and presided over faculty senate meetings. Lead the faculty executive committee (FEC) and its sub committees, which are concerned with education and student life. Played key leadership role in changing the status of Polytechnic Institute from being an affiliate of New York University to becoming its College of Engineering. Oversaw rewriting, balloting, and adoption of revised NYU Poly faculty governance documents to de-conflict them and similar documents at NYU.

From: October 2011 to August 2013

Polytechnic University/Institute

Associate Professor, Graduate Adviser

From: June 2001 to March 2011

Polytechnic University

Chair, Polytechnic University Enrollment Management Council

Oversaw graduate and undergraduate admissions and retention. Streamlined enrollment work flow, and established accurate predictive models for enrollment. Drafted the university Enrollment Management Plan. Reported to university president, and assisted him in enrollment management. Developed strategies for enrollment growth, and reversed declining enrolment trend. Chaired Enrollment Management Council consisting of Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Director of the Graduate Center, Dean of Engineering, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Vice President of Student Affairs, Vice President of University Relations, and the Director of Financial Aid.

From: March 2003 to August 2005

Polytechnic University

Assistant Professor

From: September 1995 to June 2001

Authored + Edited Books

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Selected Affiliations Only

  • Elected President, ASCE Metropolitan Section Geotechnical Group (1997 – 1998)
  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Member, Geo-Institute Deep Foundations Committee (Vice President 2003-2009)
  • Member, Geo-Institute Publications Committee
  • Member, Geo-Institute Conference Coordination Council
  • Member, Geo-Institute Task Force on Continuing Education

Research Interests

  • Modeling soil structure Interaction and multiphase flow using transparent soils
  • Sustainable piling made of recycled polymers
  • Penetration mechanics into soils
  • Geotechnical instrumentation 
  • Foundation engineering
  • High strain rate behavior of soils
  • Offshore foundations and marine geotechnology
  • Pile foundations 

General / Collaborative Research

  • Employed sensors and robotics in K-12 classrooms to engage students and excite them about pursuing their STEM studies. 
  • Supervised the activities of over 50 Fellows deployed as engineers in residence in a variety of schools.