Mohab El-Hakim

Assistant Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Mohab El-Hakim is an assistant professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. His primary research foci are in highway engineering, pavement performance modeling, pavement management and sustainability, and life cycle analysis. Dr. El-Hakim is a professional engineer in Ontario with nine years of industrial and academic experience. He is an adjunct assistant professor in University of Waterloo. As a consultant, he worked on several infrastructure projects, some of which included airports, highways, and municipal roads. His technical background and project experience in infrastructure projects includes in-depth knowledge of the nondestructive and destructive testing of pavements, infrastructure condition surveys, and pavement investigations.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering - University of Waterloo (2013)
  • Master of Applied Science - University of Waterloo (2009)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science - Alexandria University (2004)

Courses Taught

  • CIVL 306: Civil Engineering Materials
  • CIVL 412: Highway Design
  • Research
    • Highway and Pavement Engineering
    • Pavement Performance Modeling
    • Pavement Sustainability and Life Cycle Analysis
  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Peer-Reviewed Journals

    • El-Hakim, M., Jadoun, F., Lee, S., & Li, N. (2015). “Sensitivity Analysis of Field-to-Lab Subgrade Conversion Factors Utilizing AASHTOWare Pavement Mechanistic-Empirical Design”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2456, vol. 2, 115-123.
    • El-Hakim, M. & Tighe, S. (2015). “Impact of Freeze-Thaw Cycles on Mechanical Properties of Asphalt Mixes”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2444, vol. 1, 20-27.
    • El-Hakim, M. & Tighe, S. (2012). “Sustainability of Perpetual Pavement Designs", Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2304, vol. 1, 10-16.

    Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers

    • Bhavsar, J., El-Hakim, M., & Tighe, S. (2016). “Comparison Between Cold In-Place Recycling (CIR) and Cold In-Place Recycling with Expanded Asphalt Mixture (CIREAM)”, Accepted for Presentation in the Canadian Technical Asphalt Association (CTAA), Banff, AB.
    • Varamini, S., Farashah, M., El-Hakim, M., Tighe, S. (2016). “Coloured Asphalt Bus Rapid Transit Lanes in the Regional Municipality of York: Integrating Laboratory Performance Testing into Sustainable Pavement Asset Management”, Accepted for Presentation in the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC), Toronto, ON.
    • Hamdi, A., El-Hakim, M., & Tighe, S. (2015). “Conversion of Deterministic to Probabilistic Condition Rating in PMS”, International Conference on Managing Pavement Assets (ICMPA9), Alexandria, VA.
    • El-Hakim, M. &Tighe, S. (2014). “Perpetual Pavements in Canada: Structural, Economic and Sustainability Assessment”, International Conference on Perpetual Pavements (ICPP), Columbus, OH.
    • El-Hakim, M., & Tighe, S. (2012). “Evaluation of Environmental Impact on Perpetual and Conventional Pavement Designs: A Canadian Case Study”, Transportation Association of Canada (TAC), vol. 57, p. 1, Fredericton, NB.
    • El-Hakim, M., & Tighe, S. (2012). “Perpetual Pavement Designs: The Sustainable Alternative for Highway Design”, Annual Conference Proceedings – Canadian Society of Civil Engineering, Edmonton, AB.
    • El-Hakim, M., & Tighe, S. (2012). “Laboratory Investigation of Environmental Impact on Perpetual and Conventional Pavement Designs”, Annual Conference Proceedings – Canadian Technical Asphalt Association, Vancouver, BC.
    • El-Hakim, M., & Tighe, S. (2012). “Evaluation of the Perpetual Pavement Design Philosophy at Three Traffic Volume Scenarios”, Annual Inter-University Symposium on Infrastructure Management (AISIM 8), Atlanta, GA. (Best Presentation Award).
    • El-Hakim, M. & Tighe, S. (2011). “Perpetual Pavement Designs and Sustainable Road Construction: Two Sides of the Same Coin”,. Annual Inter-University Symposium on Infrastructure Management (AISIM 7), Chicago, IL. (Best Presentation Award) and presented in Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting (TRB), Washington, DC.
    • El-Hakim, M., & Tighe, S. (2010). “Laboratory Analysis of Asphalt Mixes Used in Highway 401 Perpetual Pavement Project”, Canadian Technical Asphalt Association (CTAA), Edmonton, AB.
    • Tighe, S., & El-Hakim, M. (2010). “Canadian Case Study for Perpetual Pavement Design”, 11th International Conference on Asphalt Pavements (ISAP 2010), Nagoya, Japan.
    • El-Hakim, M., Tighe, S. & Galal, K. (2009). “Performance Prediction and Economic Analysis of Perpetual and Conventional Pavement Designs using Mechanistic Empirical Models”, Canadian Technical Asphalt Association (CTAA), Moncton, NB.
    • El-Hakim M., Tighe, S. & Galal, K. (2009). “M-E Performance Evaluation and LCCA of a Conventional Asphalt Pavement and a Perpetual Asphalt Pavement Section”, International Conference on Perpetual Pavements (ICPP), Columbus, OH.
    • Korczak, R., El-Hakim, M.,Abd El Halim, A., Doyle, K. & Wagner, T. (2012). “A Cost-Effective Maintenance Treatment for Improving Airfield Pavement Friction”, Transportation Association of Canada (TAC), Montreal, QC.
    • El-Hakim, M., & Tighe, S. (2012). “Evaluation of the Perpetual Pavement Design Philosophy at Three Traffic Volume Scenarios”, Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting (TRB), Washington, DC.
  • Professional Experience and Memberships
    • Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) (member)
    • Project Management Institute (PMI) (member)
    • Canadian Technical Asphalt Association (CTAA) (member)
    • Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) (member)
    • Reviewer for numerous journals and conferences, including the Transportation Research Board, Journal of Infrastructure Systems, the International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology, the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering, the Kuwait Journal of Science and Engineering and the Kuwait Journal of Engineering Research
  • Honors, Awards, and Grants
    • Industrial Research and Development Fellowship (IRDF) award for 2012 ($100,000), offered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE): an annual fellowship awarded to ten Ph.D. holders from all disciplines in Ontario
    • Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) Scholarship sponsored by the Canadian Council of Independent Laboratories (CCIL), in 2011
    • Two awards for Best Presentation at the International Inter-University Symposium on Infrastructure Management (AISIM 7) and (AISIM8), in 2011 and 2012, respectively
    • University of Waterloo Special Graduate Scholarship for winter 2009 and spring 2011
    • Canadian Technical Asphalt Association (CTAA) Graduate Student Award, in 2009