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Muhannad T. Suleiman

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Position: Associate Professor, Geotechnical Engineering

Address: STEPS Building, Room 326
1 West Packer Ave.
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-2592

Areas of Research

  • Sustainable Development
  • Wireless ad-hoc and sensory networks
  • Renewable Energy and Fusion
  • Large-Scale Structural Testing and Simulation
  • Fluid/Structure Interaction
  • Behavior and Design of Structures
  • Civil Infrastructure Resilience to Disasters
  • Life-Cycle Performance, Safety, Reliability, Risk and Optimization of Structural Systems
  • Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation
  • Soil and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Underground Structures and Pipes
  • Sustainable Geotechnical and Foundation Systems
  • Ground Improvement
  • Soil-Structure Interaction
  • Geo-Energy Systems


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 soils and 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, the Qatar National Research Fund, Departments of Transportation, and the foundation industry.

Dr. Suleiman has published more than 60 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. In 2012, 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.

Dr. Suleiman teaches Soil Mechanics, Geotechnical Engineering, Foundation Engineering, Ground Improvement and Site Development, Behavior of Soils as Engineering Materials, Advanced Foundation Engineering, and Soil-Structure Interaction classes. He is a member of the International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety; the TRB Committee on Foundations of Bridges and Other Structures; 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. He currently serves as vice chair for the ASCE Geo-Institute's Deep Foundations Committee and as an editorial board member of the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering and the Geotechnical Testing Journal. He is the recipient of the Shamsher Prakash 2014 Prize for Excellence in Teaching of Geotechnical Engineering.

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


  • 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