Muhannad SuleimanMuhannad Suleiman

P.C. Rossin Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor, Geotechnical Engineering

STEPS Building
Room 326
Lehigh University
1 West Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015-3001, USA

P: (610) 758-2592
Email: mts210@lehigh.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Education

• Ph.D., Civil (Geotechnical) Engineering, Iowa State University, 2002
• M.S., Civil Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology, 1999
• B.S., Civil Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology, 1997

Research and Scholarship

Dr. Suleiman’s area of expertise is geotechnical and foundation engineering. His research focuses on soil-structure interaction, ground improvement, thermoactive geotechnical systems, and bio-modification of soil-pile systems.

Dr. Suleiman is a developer of a patented new ground-improvement alternative technology. He also investigates the soil-structure interaction of vertically- and laterally-loaded deep foundations that support bridges, building, and other structures. In collaboration with his colleagues, Dr. Suleiman also explores the load and resistance factor design of vertically-loaded deep foundations supporting bridges. He also developed a new deep-foundation system that uses advanced concrete materials and a new wireless-sensing technology for subsurface applications. In addition, Dr. Suleiman researches the behavior of new geo-materials and issues related to underground pipes and trenchless technology.
Much of his laboratory work takes place at the soil-structure interaction facility located at the ATLSS Engineering Research Center.  The facility includes large-scale soil boxes, advanced sensors and instrumentation, and control systems. Dr. Suleiman’s research has been funded through the National Science Foundation, Departments of Transportation and the foundation industry.

Dr. Suleiman has published 49 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers in the field. He is the author or co-author of papers published in the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering; the International Journal of Geomechanics; the Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering; the Journal of Structural Engineering: the Transportation Research Record; Earthquake Spectra; Geotechnical Testing Journal; the Journal of ASTM International; and ASCE’s Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities. Recently, Dr. Suleiman was selected as a P.C. Rossin Assistant Professor by Lehigh’s College of Engineering and Applied Science.  He was also named first runner-up by for the Best Young Professor Paper by the Deep Foundation Institute.

Teaching and Service

Dr. Suleiman teaches Geotechnical Engineering, Foundation Engineering, Ground Improvement and Site Development, Behavior of Soils as Engineering Materials, Advanced Foundation Engineering, and Soil-Structure Interaction. He is a member of the International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety; the TRB Committee on Foundations of Bridges and Other Structures; the TRB Committee on Subsurface Soil-Structure Interaction; the Geo-Institute Soil Improvement Committee; and the Geo-Institute Deep Foundations Committee and serves as the chair of its subcommittee on energy piles.

Dr. Suleiman also serves as a reviewer for several national and international journals in geotechnical and foundation engineering and has chaired or co-chaired several foundation engineering sessions at geotechnical engineering conferences.

At Lehigh, Dr. Suleiman has served as a member of different department committees, including search committees and on the graduate and undergraduate committees

Selected Publications

Ng, K.W., Roling, M., AbdelSalam, S.S., Suleiman, M.T., Sritharan, S. (2013). “Pile Setup in Cohesive Soil:  An Experimental Investigation.”  Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering-ASCE, Vol. 139, No. 2, pp. 199-209.

Ng, K.W., Suleiman, M.T., Sritharan, S. (2013). “Pile Setup in Cohesive Soil:  Analytical Quantifications and Design Recommendations.”  Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering-ASCE, Vol. 139, No. 2, pp. 210-222.

Xiao, S., Suleiman, M.T., Naito, C., Neti, S. (2013). “Use of Geothermal Deep Foundations for Bridge Deicing.” Transportation Research Record, Transportation Research Board (TRB), Accepted.

Ghazanfari, E., Pamukcu, S., Yoon, S., Suleiman, M.T., Cheng, L., (2013). “Geotechnical Sensing Using Electromagnetic Attenuation Between Radio Transceivers.” Journal of Smart Materials and Structures, Accepted.

Yoon, S., Ghazanfari, E., Cheng, L., Pamukcu, S., and Suleiman, M.T. (2013). “Subsurface Event Detection and Classification Using Wireless Signal Networks.”  Journal of Sensors; Special Issue:  Ubiquitous Sensing, Accepted.

AbdelSalam, S.S., Suleiman, M.T., and Sritharan, S. (2012) “A Load Transfer Analysis for Axially Loaded Piles Using a Modified Borehole Shear Test.”  Geotechnical Testing Journal, Vol. 35, No. 6. DOI: 10.1520/GTJ20120071.

Suleiman, M.T., Gopalakrisnan, K., and Kevern, J. (2011). “Structural Behavior of Pervious Pavement Systems.” Journal of Transportation Engineering-ASCE, Vol. 137, No. 12, pp. 907-917.

Roling, M., Sritharan, S., and Suleiman, M.T. (2011). “Introduction to PILOT Database and Establishment of LRFD Resistance Factors for the Construction Control of Driven Steel H-Piles.” Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 16, No. 6, pp. 728-738.

AbdelSalam, S.S., Sritharan, S., Suleiman, M.T. (2011). “LRFD Resistance Factors for Design of
Driven H-Piles in Layered Soils.” Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 16, No. 6, pp. 739-748.

Mekkawy, M. M., White, D.J., Suleiman, M.T., and Jahren, C.T.(2011). “Mechanically Reinforced Granular Shoulders on Soft Subgrade: Laboratory and Full Scale Studies.” Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 29, pp. 149-160.

Roling, M., AbdelSalam, S. S., Sritharan, S., and Suleiman, M.T. (2011). “An Investigation of Design and Construction Practices for Bridge Pile Foundations in Iowa County Jurisdictions for LRFD Calibration.” Transportation Research Record 2204, Vol. 2, p 233-241.

Suleiman, M.T., Vande Voort, T., and Sritharan, S. (2010). “Behavior of UHPC Driven Piles Subjected to Vertical and Lateral Loads.” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Vol. 136, No. 10, pp. 1403-1413.

Abdel-Salam, S., Sritharan, S., and Suleiman, M.T. (2010). “Current Design and Construction Practices of Bridge Pile Foundations with Emphasis on Implementation of LRFD.” Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 15, No. 6, pp. 749-758.

Mekkawy, M.M., White, D.J., Jahren, C.T. and Suleiman, M.T. (2010). “Performance Problems and Stabilization Techniques for Granular Shoulders.” Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, Vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 159-169.

White, D.J., Thompson, M.J., Suleiman, M.T., and Schaefer, V.R. (2008). “Experimental Load Transfer of Piles Subjected to Lateral Soil Movement.” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Vol. 134, No. 4, pp. 428-436.

Kevern, J., Schaefer, V.R., Wang, K., and Suleiman, M.T. (2008). “Pervious Concrete Mixture Proportions for Improved Freeze-Thaw Durability.” Journal of ASTM International, Vol. 5, No. 2.

Suleiman, M.T., and White, D.J. (2008). “Closure to Load Transfer in Short Aggregate Piers.” ASCE International Journal of Geomechanics, Vol. 8, No. 5, pp. 324.

Sritharan, S., Suleiman, M.T., and White, D.J. (2007). “Effects of Seasonal Freezing on Bridge Column-Foundation-Soil Interaction and Seismic Design Implications.” Earthquake Spectra, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 199-222.

White, D.J., Mekkawy, MM., Suleiman, M.T., and Sritharan, S. (2007). “Performance of Collapse Bridge Approach Backfill with Geosynthetic Drainage and Reinforcement.” Geosynthetics International, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 76-88.

White, D.J., Vennapusa, P., Suleiman, M.T., and Jahren, C.T. (2007). “An in-situ Device for Rapid Determination of Permeability for Granular Bases.” Geotechnical Testing Journal, July 2007, Vol. 30, No. 4, pp. 282-291.

White, D.J., Mekkawy, M.M., Sritharan, S., and Suleiman, M.T. (2007). “‘Underlying’ Causes for Settlement of Bridge Approach Pavement Systems.” Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 273-282.

Suleiman, M.T., and D.J. White. (2006). “Load Transfer in Short Aggregate Piers.” ASCE International Journal of Geomechanics, Vol. 6, No. 6, pp. 389-398.

Suleiman, M.T., Sritharan, S. and White, D.J. (2006). “Cyclic Lateral Load Response of Bridge Column-Foundation Systems in Freezing Conditions.” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 132, No. 11, pp. 1745-1754.

Suleiman, M.T., and Coree, B. (2004). “Constitutive Model for High Density Polyethylene Material: A Systematic Approach.” ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Vol. 16 (6), pp. 511-515.

White, D.J. and Suleiman, M.T. (2004). “Design of Short Aggregate Piers to Support Highway Embankments.” Transportation Research Record 1868, pp. 124-134.

Suleiman, M.T., Lohnes, R., Wipf, T., and Klaiber, W. (2003) “Analysis of Deeply Buried Flexible Pipes.” Transportation Research Record 1849, pp. 103-112.

Ghazanfari, E., Pamukcu, S., Yoon, S., Suleiman, M.T., Cheng, L., “Geotechnical Sensing Using Electromagnetic Attenuation Between Radio Transceivers.” Journal of Smart Materials and Structures, Accepted.

Yoon, S., Ghazanfari, E., Cheng, L., Pamukcu, S., and Suleiman, M.T. (2012). “Subsurface Event Detection and Classification Using Wireless Signal Networks.”  Journal of Sensors; Special Issue:  Ubiquitous Sensing, Accepted.

 

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