is Professor and Head of the Civil and Urban Engineering at New York University (formerly Polytechnic University and Polytechnic Institute of NYU). He has over twenty-five years of experience in analysis, design, and construction of foundations including teaching, research, and consulting. He is experienced in rehabilitation, instrumentation, and field monitoring of distressed structures, retaining walls, and foundations. Dr. Iskander has authored three books, edited 9 books, and published over 120 papers dealing with measurements and instrumentation, experimental modeling, foundations, pedagogy, and urban geotechnology.
Professor Iskander served as Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI on over $9 Million of research and educational grants and contracts. He is 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. Notably he is a recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) career award dealing with development of a new method for measuring soil structure interaction and a Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) contract to visualize the fundamental physics of rapid earth penetration. He also received a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) contract to assess the performance of non destructive testing (NDT) methods in foundations. Additionally, he is also Co-recipient of several NSF educational grants to modernize the teaching of science in New York City high schools by implementing sensors and data acquisition in laboratory curricula.
Professor Iskander is the recipient of a number of teaching awards, including Chi Epsilon James Robbins District Excellence in Teaching Award (2000), Polytechnic University Distinguished Teacher Award (2002) and Jacobs Excellence in Education Award (2006, 2009). Dr. Iskander holds a B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from Alexandria University and a Ph.D. degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a registered professional engineer in New York, New Jersey, and Wisconsin.