Magued  Iskander, PhD, PE, F.ASCE

Magued Iskander, PhD, PE, F.ASCE

Professor and Department Chair, Civil and Urban Engineering


Professor Iskander is widely recognized as the leading authority in two areas of geotechnical research (1) behavior piling made of recycled polymers, and (2) physical modeling of geotechnical applications using transparent soils.  He has also performed notable research on seismic earth pressure, plugging of pipe piles, and earth pressure against rigidly framed structures.   The following are research pages describing some of his research


Transparent Soil Wiki

The fundamental premise of this work is that transparent synthetic materials with geotechnical properties similar to those of natural soils can be used to study 3D deformation and flow problems in natural soils.  


Rapid Penetration into Soils

NYU geotechnical group has been studying terminal ballistics in soils, with emphasis on sand.  This fundamental research has also been motivated by a number of military as well as civilian applications. This web site provides information on (1) the response of sand under high strain rate (HSR) loading, (2) the mechanics of penetration in soils, (3) a summary of visualization experiments done at NYU and collaborating universities.


Plastic Piles Wiki

This wiki summarizes work done by Professor Iskander and his students at NYU Tandon School of Engineering (formerly Polytechnic Institute/University) in Brooklyn New York to  advance the state of the art in polymeric piling practice.



MAGICgeo open source software developed by Dr. Iskander and his students features a user friendly graphic user interface to perform standard and advanced digital image correlation (DIC), meso scale kinematic analyses. and 2D particle kinematics analysis.


Drilled Shaft Deffects

This site presents the results of nondestructive integrity tests and axial static load tests on drilled shafts constructed in varved clay.



Seismic Earth Pressure Calculator

This Calculator computes pseudo-static seismic earth pressure on rigid retaining walls supporting c-phi soils.   The equation accounts for sloping backfill, as well as wall inclination, and can readily accommodate layered soil profiles and the presence of groundwater.


Rigidly Framed Earth Retaining Structures

A simple method that can be used to determine the lateral deflections of rigidly framed structures is presented to simplify the design process and provide an efficient means to verify computer aided calculations.The method is suitable for low-rise rigidly framed structures subjected to a variety of  lateral force distributions varying with the height of the frame.