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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty at the University of Delaware.

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Kalehiwot Nega Manahiloh

Kalehiwot Nega Manahiloh

Assistant Professor
360G DuPont Hall
Newark, Delaware 19716
Phone: 302-831-2485
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2013 | Ph.D. | Washington State University
2009 | M.Sc. | Addis Ababa University
2004 | B.Sc. | Addis Ababa University


Dr. Kalehiwot Nega Manahiloh is an 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) Eco-friendly ground improvement methods, and (3) Application of Artificial Intelligence 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.


  • Geotechnical
  • Infrastructure
  • Infrastructure Systems
  • Sustainability


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