Dr. Kalehiwot Nega Manahiloh is an Affiliated Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware. He graduated from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia in 2004 with a B.Sc. degree and M.Sc. degree in Civil/Structural Engineering in 2009. Manahiloh received a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Washington State University (WSU) in 2013. Manahiloh received Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at WSU. He joined the faculty of the University of Delaware in September 2013, as an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering. Manahiloh’s fundamental research activities include (1) Experimental Unsaturated Soil Mechanics, (2) Micro-geomechanics, and (3) Nondestructive Characterization. Manahiloh’s applied research activities include (1) field, laboratory, and numerical assessment of geo-structural systems, (2) Geo-environmental applications of Biochar, (3) eco-friendly ground improvement methods, and (4) applications of machine learning in Geotechnical systems. Manahiloh teaches geotechnical engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He serves as the undergraduate coordinator for the geotechnical group in the Civil Engineering program. He also serves in the departmental Undergraduate Education Committee. Manahiloh advises, supervises, and mentors undergraduate and graduate students. Manahiloh is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Ethiopian Society of Civil Engineers (ESCE), United States Universities Council on Geotechnical Education and Research (USUCGER), and American Geophysical Union (AGU). He is a serving member of ASCE-GI’s Unsaturated Soils and Computational Geotechnics Committees and TRB’s Soil and Rock Properties Committee. In addition, Manahiloh is a “friend” of TRB’s Committee on Engineering Behavior of Unsaturated Soils. Manahiloh serves as a reviewer in ASCE: International Journal of Geomechanics, ASCE: Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE: Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE: Journal of Infrastructure Systems, ASTM: Geotechnical Testing Journal, Journal of Engineering Geology, Journal Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Journal of Construction and Building Materials in Civil Engineering, International Journal of Geosynthetics and Ground Engineering, TRB: Engineering Behavior of Unsaturated Soils. Manahiloh has served as an ad-hoc reviewer in the Proceedings of the 2015 International Foundations Congress and Equipment Exposition, Proceedings of the PanAm2017-UNSAT conference, Proceedings of the Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 conference.

Honors and Awards
  • Early Career Geotechnical Faculty Fellow, NSF/USUCGER (Spring 2018)
  • Foundation Engineering Faculty Fellow, ADSC, (Summer 2016)
  • Professional Engineer Award, College of Engineering, UD (Spring 2016)
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, Civil and Environmental Engineering, WSU (2014)
  • ExCEEd Teaching Fellow, ASCE (2014)
  • NSF CAREER Proposal Workshop (2014)
  • Excellence in Research Award, WSU (2013)
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Scholarship, WSU (2013)
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Scholarship, WSU (2012)
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant, College of Engineering, WSU (2012-13) (Nominated)
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant, Civil and Environmental Engineering, WSU (2012-13)
  • Full Scholarship for M.Sc. Study, Gondar City Municipality Office (2006-09)
  • Full Scholarship for B.Sc. Study, Ethiopian Ministry of Education (1998-04)
  • Very Great Distinction, Ethiopian School Leaving Certificate Examination (1998)
Research Interests

Fundamental Research

  • Unsaturated soil behavior
  • Nondestructive characterization of geomaterials
  • Geomechanics from Micro-to-Macro

Applied Research

  • Field, laboratory, and numerical assessment of geo-structural systems
  • Geo-environmental applications of Biochar
  • Eco-friendly ground improvement methods
  • Applications of artificial intelligence in Geotechnical Engineering
  • CIEG320 – Soil Mechanics
  • CIEG425/625 – Unsaturated Soil Mechanics
  • CIEG428/628 – Ground Improvement Methods
  • CIEG421/621 – Foundation Engineering