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Abdul Shakoor


Engineering Geology is applied geologic work that is relevant to the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of engineering structures as well as to the development, protection, and remediation of groundwater and surface water resources. At Kent State University, the focus of the Engineering Geology program is on studies related to the engineering behavior of soils and rocks, slope stability, water resources development projects, evaluation of construction materials, and engineering applications of waste materials. The research in these areas is diverse, inter-disciplinary, and collaborative in nature.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Shakoor, A. 2008, Characterization of Geologic Materials: in Hasan, S.E. and Hasan, S.M., eds., Engineering Geology, Environmental Geology & Mineral Economics, Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford, UK, 36 p.

Nandi, A. and Shakoor, A., 2008, Application of logistic regression model for slope instability prediction in Cuyahoga River Watershed, Ohio, USA: Georisk: Assessment and Management of Risk for Engineered Systems and Geohazards, Vol. 2, No.1, pp. 16-27.

Hajdarwish, A. and Shakoor, A., 2006, Predicting the shear strength parameters of mudrocks; Proceedings, 10th IAEG Congress, Nottingham, England, Paper No. 607, The Geological Society of London, 9 p. 

Woodard, M.J. and Shakoor, A., 2005, Development of a rockfall hazard rating matrix for Ohio: in Arnould, M. and Ledru, P., eds., Proceedings, Geoline 2005 - International Symposium on Geology and Linear Infrastructures, Lyon, France.

Davis, J.W. and Shakoor, A., 2005, An evaluation of the effectiveness of catchment ditches along Ohio roadways: Transportation Research Record No. 1913, Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences,  pp.197-204.

Shakoor, A. and Smithmyer, A.J., 2004, An analysis of storm-induced landslides in colluvial soils overlying mudrock sequences, southeastern Ohio, USA, Eng. Geol., Vol. 78, pp. 257-274.

Hale, P.A. and Shakoor, A., 2003, A laboratory investigation of the effects of cyclic heating and cooling, wetting and drying, and freezing and thawing on the compressive strength of selected sandstones: Environmental and Engineering Geoscience, Vol. IX, pp. 117-130.

Research Areas
  • Engineering Geology
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Slope Stability

Co-Editor, Environmental & Engineering Geoscience
Member, Editorial Board of Engineering Geology – An International Journal
Chair (2008-2009), Engineering Geology Division of GSA
Member, International Panel of Experts, Basha and Dasu Dam Projects, Pakistan
Member, Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences, committees: “Engineering Geology” and “Exploration and Classification of Earth Materials”

Abdul Shakoor
Department of Geology

McGilvrey Hall 213

Spring 2014 office hours:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00 - 11:00 am
or by appointment

Phone: 330-672-2968
Fax: 330-672-7949