Professor Meguid completed his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Western Ontario under the co-supervision of Professors Kerry Rowe and K.Y. Lo. His doctoral research in the area of 3D modelling of underground tunnels received the “Best Graduate Thesis Award” in 2002 from the Canadian Tunneling Association. He worked as a Postdoctoral fellow at the GeoEngineering Centre at Queen’s-RMC where he conducted 3D modelling of a hazardous waste landfill in Ontario. He then spent one year in the industry before accepting an Assistant Professor position at McGill University in 2004.
Professor Meguid’s research can be broadly categorized into three primary areas of specialization (i) sustainable subsurface infrastructure (tunnels and pipelines), (ii) long-term performance of earthen structures (embankments levees and tailings dams), (iii) developing new multi-scale models to understand the behavior of granular materials and their interaction with solid structures.
Professor Meguid has an international reputation in sustainable design of buried lifeline systems. He is currently a member of the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design at McGill University and has been invited to join the Trenchless Engineering International Research Advisory Committee since 2011. Professor Meguid has served as an expert reviewer for major tunneling projects in Canada.
Since joining McGill, Professor Meguid’s teaching activities have been largely in geotechnical engineering and numerical modeling in geomechanics. In 2010, he received the Samuel and Ida Fromson Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Faculty of Engineering. He was also nominated by the Department for the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2011.