Professor Mounir Bouassida
M. Bouassida is a professor of civil engineering at the National Engineering School of Tunis (ENIT) of the University of Tunis El Manar where he earned his B.S., M.S., Ph.D., and doctorate of sciences diplomas, all in civil engineering. He is the director of the Research Laboratory in Geotechnical Engineering and has supervised 16 Ph.D. and 29 master of science graduates. His research focuses on soil improvement techniques and behavior of soft clays. Dr. Bouassida is the (co)author of 93 papers in refereed international journals; 128 papers including 20 keynote lectures; and three books. He is a member of the editorial committees of Geotechnical Geological Engineering journal (Springer) , International Journal of Geomechanics (ASCE) and Geotechnical Engineering Seags journal. He is co-editor of Innovative Infrastructure Innovative Solutions and Ground Improvement (ICE) journals. He is also an active reviewer in several international journals. As a 2006 Fulbright scholar, Dr Bouassida elaborated a novel methodology for the design of foundations on reinforced soil by columns. He was awarded the 2006 S. Prakash Prize for Excellence in the practice of geotechnical engineering. In 2008, Dr Bouassida launched a Tunisian consulting office in geotechnical engineering, SIMPRO. He is a co-developer of the software Columns 1.01 used for the design of column-reinforced foundations. Prof. Bouassida held the office of the vice president of ISSMGE for Africa (2005–2009). He benefited from grants as a visiting-invited professor in several institutions in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia.