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Research interests

Dr. Maghoul’s research interests focuses on the development of cutting-edge R&D programs related to the fundamental understanding of complex porous media 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.

  • Mechanics of Multiphase Porous Media
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Fundamental Behaviors of Geomaterials
  • Northern Infrastructure
  • Permafrost
  • Transportation Geotechnics
  • Wave Analysis (Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Ground Vibrations, Seismic Geophysics, Ultrasonic Characterization of Materials)
  • Geohazards (landslide, earthquake, and climate change)
  • Renewable Geothermal Energy
  • Non-Destructive-Testing Techniques
  • Soil-Structure Interaction
  • Bio-Inspired Solutions Toward Sustainable and Smart Geotechnics
Expertise type(s) (NSERC subjects)
  • 1002 Geotechnical engineering (including engineering geology)
  • 1107 Earthquake engineering
  • 2101 Solid mechanics
  • 2103 Plasticity, creep
  • 2104 Vibrations
  • 2106 Stress analysis
  • 2107 Modelling, simulation and finite element methods
  • 2951 Continuum mechanics
  • 2953 Wave propagation
  • 2955 Numerical analysis
  • 2960 Mathematical modelling
  • 3109 Acoustics
  • 4304 Applied geophysics


Dr. Pooneh Maghoul is an engineer and Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal. She is the founder and director of the Sustainable Infrastructure and Geomechanical Research Laboratory. She has over 14 years of teaching, research and development, and industrial experience in Canada and France. Dr. Maghoul chairs the Education Committee of the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS). She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Geotechnical Society as well as the Canadian Permafrost Association (CPA).

Dr. Maghoul develops cutting-edge research and development (R&D) programs related to the fundamental understanding of porous materials and performance of subsurface systems subject to complex loading within a multi-hazard context on Earth and in Space. She leads several high-risk/high-reward research projects related to the impact of climate warming on northern infrastructure and finding water-ice and underground cavities for future human habitats on the Moon and beyond.

Dr. Maghoul has received several international and national awards including best paper awards in international journals and conferences, Canada’s Outstanding Young Geotechnical Engineer for her significant contributions to teaching and mentorship, research and practice in geotechnical engineering, and exceptional service to the geotechnical engineering community.


  • CIV3415 Soil Mechanics


Press review about Pooneh Maghoul

September 28, 2021, Journal Le Nord, Les ornières seront réparées Dans cet article, Pooneh Maghoul, professeure agrégée au Département des génies civil, géologique et des mines de Polytechnique Montréal, discute à propos de la formation des ornières sur les routes.