Magued G. Iskander, PhD, PE, F.ASCE

Magued G. Iskander, PhD, PE, F.ASCE

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 nine books, and published over 130 papers and reports including over 50 refereed journal articles and 12 periodicals/special publications. Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI of over $9 million in funded grants and contracts.
  • Mentorship: Graduated 6 doctoral and 29 masters students.  Served on the doctoral committees of 17 graduates at three universities.  Currently advising 6 doctoral and one master’s students.
  • 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, 67 conference presentations, and 27 short courses to professional groups across the United States and Canada. 

Journal Articles

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Other Publications

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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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  1. Iskander, M., S. Bless, and M. Omidvar (2015) Rapid Penetration into Granular Media. Visualizing the Fundamental Physics of Rapid Earth Penetration, ISBN: 978-0128008683, Elsevier, 458p.
  2. Iskander, M. (2011) Behavior of Pipe Piles in Sand. Plugging and pore water generation during installation and loading, ISBN: 978-3-642-13107-3 (Hard Bound), e-ISBN 978-3-642-13108-0 (e-book), Springer-Verlag, 267 p.
  3. Iskander, M. (2010) Modeling with Transparent Soils, Visualizing soil structure interaction and multi phase flow, non intrusively, ISBN: 978-3642025006 (Hard Bound), e-ISBN 978-3-642-02501-3 (e-book), Springer-Verlag, 331 p.
  4. Iskander, M., J. Garlanger, and M. Hussein (2014) Principles and Practices in Geotechnical Engineering, In press GSP, ASCE Press
  5. Iskander, M., V. Kapila, and M. Karim (2010) Technological Developments in Education and Automation, ISBN: 978-90-481-3655-1(Hard Bound) and, e-ISBN: 978-90-481-3656-8 (e-book), Springer, 563 p.
  6. Elleithy, K., T. Sobh, M. Iskander, V. Kapila, M. Karim and A. Mahmood (2010) Technological Developments in Networking, Education, and Automation, ISBN: 978-90-481-9150-5 (Hard Bound) and, e-ISBN: 978-90-481-9151-2 (e-book), Springer, 643 p.
  7. Iskander, M., D. Laefer, and M. Hussein (2009) Contemporary Topics in Deep Foundations, ISBN: 978-0-7844-1021-9, GSP No. 185, ASCE Press, 644p.
  8. Iskander, M., D. Laefer, and M. Hussein (2009) Contemporary Topics in In-Situ Testing, Analysis, and Reliability of Foundations, ISBN: 978-0-7844-1022-6, GSP No. 186, ASCE Press, 662p.
  9. Iskander, M., D. Laefer, and M. Hussein (2009) Ground Modification, Problem Soils, and Geo-Support, ISBN: 978-0-7844-1023-3, GSP No. 187, ASCE Press, 622p.
  10. Iskander, M. (2008) Innovative Techniques in Instruction Technology, E-learning, E-assessment, and Education, ISBN 978-1-4020-8738-7(Hard Bound) and e-ISBN 978-1-4020-8739-4 (e-book), Springer, 601p.
  11. Iskander, M. (2007) Innovations in E-learning, Instruction Technology, Assessment, an, Engineering Education, ISBN 978-1-4020-6261-2 (Hard Bound) and e-ISBN 978-1-4020-6262-9 (e-book), Springer, 471p.
  12. Elleithy, K., T. Sobh, A. Mahmood, M. Iskander, and M. Karim (2006) Advances in Computer, Information, and System Sciences, and Engineering. ISBN 978-1-4020-5260-6 (Hard Cover) and e-ISBN 978-1-402—5261-3 (e-book), Springer, 489p.

In Recent School News

Awards + Distinctions

  • 1988 Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, through U.S. National Science Foundation, Division of Civil and Mechanical Systems (Grant No: CMS 9733064).  This is NSF’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.   Only one award is given in the field of geomechanics each year.

  • Featured USA Science & Engineering Expo on the National Mall, October 2010 AMPS Project was selected by NSF as one of 15 featured projects (out of approximately 30,000 currently funded projects) to be part of the NSF exhibit at the Expo on the National Mall, as part of the inaugural USA Science and Engineering Festival, October 23-24, 2010. An estimated 250,000 visitors viewed the Festival. 

  • Chi Epsilon James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award, Metropolitan District, 2000

  • Distinguished Teacher Award ($10,000 prize), Polytechnic University, 2002

  • Jacobs Excellence in Education Award ($10,000 prize), Polytechnic University, 2006

  • Jacobs Excellence in Education Award ($10,000 prize), Polytechnic Institute of NYU, 2009
  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers

  • Featured, US News & World Report 2001 Guide to Best Graduate Schools

  • Featured, US News & World Report April 10, 2000 Magazine Issue
  • 2011 Outstanding Project Award for Efforts in Sustainability and Media, NSF GK-12 Program (AMPS Project)

  • Finalist, 1990 General Dynamics Outstanding Teaching Assistant-Assistant Instructor, The University of Texas at Austin

  • Member, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

  • Listed, Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 9’th & 10’th ed.
  • Listed, Marquis Who’s Who in America, 59’th to 64’th ed.
  • Listed, Marquis Who’s Who in the World, 23’rd to 27’th ed.
  • Listed, Outstanding Young Men of America, 31’st ed.



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 structire Interaction and multiphase flow using transparent soils
  • Sustainable piling made of recycled polymers
  • Penetration mechanics into and high strain rate behavior of soils
  • Geotechnical instrumentation 
  • Foundation engineering
  • 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.