Emad Iskander, PhD, PE

Senior Tunnel & Geo-Structural Engineer

Emad has 25 years of experience in the design of tunnels and other underground structures, as well as heavy civil projects such as dams, high-rise buildings, and water treatment plants. He specializes in soil-structure interaction issues, including complex seismic analyses considering dynamic aspects of soil-structure interaction. Emad’s expertise includes linear and non-linear finite element theory and techniques, inelastic material behavior, multi-phase materials and structural dynamics.

Dr. Iskander has in-depth knowledge of both the Canadian codes for concrete and steel structures, including CSA A23.3, S16.1 and the US codes (ACI 318/350, ASCE 7). He has worked on numerous tunnel and underground structures, as well as above-ground structures such as bridges and buildings in both Canada and the U.S. Some of his major projects include Ottawa Light Rail Tunnel, Ellington Subway Line, and the Canmore Dam. 

Over the course of his career, Emad has served in senior technical capacities for many distinguished projects including:

  • Designer of Plane Train Tunnel West Extension at Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia;
  • Designer of NATM running tunnel and Rideau Station cavern in rock and soft ground for the Ottawa Light Rail Tunnel-Confederation Line in Ottawa, Canada;
  • Designer of the Canmore Dam in Alberta, Canada;
  • Designer of cast-in-place final lining of Bolling Air Force Base Shaft for the Blue Plains Tunnel in Washington, D.C. 

Emad is a registered Professional Engineer both in Canada (Ontario and Alberta) and the U.S. (Virginia). Fluent in English, German and Arabic, Emad holds a PhD (Dr.-Ing.) and an MS (Dipl.-Ing) in Structural Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, and a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.