Dr. Mehtab Alam

Dr. Mehtab Alam
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Dr. Mehtab Alam

Assistant Professor

Qualifications: University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (PhD Geotechnical Engineering)
Research Interests: Experimental study of soil – root coupled constitutive behavior


  • Constitutive modelling of soils
  • Soil Improvement techniques
  • Numerical modelling in Geo-mechanics
  • Soil Bio-engineering
  • Landslide Hazard Assessments
  • Foundation design

2017- 2021            University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (PhD Geotechnical Engineering)
2013-2016            University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan   (MSc Geotechnical Engineering)
2007-2011            University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan   (B.Sc. in Civil Engineering)   


Institute of Mountain Hazard and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences  PhD dissertation

  • Experimental study of soil – root coupled constitutive behavior
University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan                 Master dissertation
  • Evaluation of Pile Capacity Based On Different Methods for Orange Line Metro Train Project, Lahore

Peer-Reviewed  Journals 

  1. Ullah, F., Su, L. J., Alam, M., Cheng, L., Rehman, M. U., Asghar, A., & Hussain, G. (2022). Landslide stability investigation and subsurface deformation mapping by optimizing low-frequency GPR: A mega rainfall susceptible landslide case study (Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan). Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, 81(9), 1-16.
  2. Su, L. J., Ullah, F., Ali, S., Cheng, L., Ur Rehman, M., & Alam, M. (2022). Experimental observation and geophysical modeling of the hydrological effects on Pleistocene glaciation deposits susceptible to landslide. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 1-14. (SCI, IF = 2.860)
  3. Mehtab, A., Jiang, Y.-J.,Su, L.-J., Shamsher, S., Li, J.-J., Mahfuzur, R. [2021]: Scaling the Roots Mechanical Reinforcement in Plantation of Cunninghamia R. Br in Southwest China. Forests (SCI: IF = 2.634)
  4. Mehtab, A., Yuan-Jun J., Umar M., Su L.-J, Mahfuzur R., & Faheem U.,[2021]: Influence of drainage and root biomass on soil mechanical behavior in triaxial tests, Acta Geotechnica (SCI: IF = 5.856)
  5. Yuan-Jun J., Mehtab, A., Su L.-J, Umar M., Shamsher, s., Li Jia Jia., Mahfuzur R.,[2021]: Effect of root orientation on the mechanical behavior of loess soil, Engineering Geology (SCI: IF = 6.755)
  6. Faheem Ullah, Li-jun Su, Li Cheng, Mehtab Alam [2022]. Landslide hazard assessment and runout simulation by utilizing remote sensing, geophysical, and geological techniques, Environmental Earth Sciences (Accepted for publication) (SCI: IF = 2.284)
  7. Syed, F. H., Ningsheng C., Hammad, A., Mehtab, A., Hilal A., Rahman, M. “Probabilistic seismic hazard analysis of Hazara Kashmir syntaxes and its surrounding”[xxx]. Journal of Geological society of India (Accepted for publication) (SCI: IF = 1.459)
  8. Rahman M, Chen N, Islam M, Dewan A, Reza H, Washakh A, Nirdesh , Tian.n S, Faiz. H, Mehtab A, Ahmad N [2020], Location-allocation modeling for emergency evacuation planning with GIS and remote sensing: A case study of Northeast Bangladesh, Geoscience Frontiers (SCI: IF = 6.853)
  9. Mahfuzur Rahman, Chen Ningsheng, Golam Iftekhar Mahmud, Md Monirul Islam, Hamid Reza Pourghasemi ,, Hilal Ahmad , Jules Maurice Habumugisha ,Rana Muhammad Ali Washakh , Mehtab Alam , et al. [2021] ” Flooding and its relationship with land cover change, population growth, and road density Geoscience Frontiers (SCI: IF = 6.853)
  10. Rahman M, Chen N, Islam M, Ifikhar, G., Hamid Reza Pourghasemi, Mehtab, A., Rahim, Abd., Baig, Aslam &Dewan, A [2021], Developing an emergency flood relief operation system with hydrodynamic modeling, machine learning, and field data: a case study in northeast Bangladesh. Journal of cleaner production (SCI: IF = 9.927)
  11. Mahfuzur Rahman, Ningsheng Chen, Ahmed Elbeltagi, Md Monirul Islam, Mehtab Alam [2021]. Application of stacking hybrid machine learning algorithms in delineating multi-type flooding in Bangladesh, Journal of Environmental Management (SCI: IF = 6.789)
  12. Xia Xin, Jiang Yuan-jun, Su Li-Jun, Mehtab Alam, Li Jia Jia [2021]Estimation model of limit values of shear strength of root-bearing soil based on interface bonding , Yantu Lixue/Rock and Soil Mechanics (ESCI, EI)
  13. Ali, A., Jun, SJ., Asghar, A., A., Zhenyu, L, & Hamid, F [2020], Numerical Analysis of rockfall and slope stability along the Karakorum Highway in Jijal-Pattan Northern Pakistan, Journal of Civil and Environmental Engineering (EI)
  14. Sadiq, S., Aaqib M., Mandokhail S.J., Maqsood, U.R, A., Naik, M., & Bilal, M.A [2020]. Evaluation of Site Amplification Fcators for Shallow Rock Sites of Islamabad Pakistan, Kuwait Journal of Science (SCI: IF = 0.984)
  15. Xiao SY, Su LJ, Jiang YJ, Mehtab A., & Cheng, Liet al. [2019] Estimating the maximum impact force of dry granular flow based on pileup characteristics. Journal of Mountain Science (SCI: IF = 2.10)
  16. Sadiq, S., Khan, U., A., Mandokhail, S. J., Ahmed, N. Z., Ikram, A. [2018]. Numerical Evaluation of Slope Stability measures: A Case Study of Birham Landslide, Murree, Pakistan. In IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering(Vol. 414, No. 1, p. 012028). IOP Publishing. (EI)
  17. Noshin, S., Mehtab, A., Sadiq, S., Mandokhail, S. J. [2018]. Stability Analysis of Flood Bunds: A Study on Geotechnical Health Evaluation of Embankments. In IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering (Vol. 414, No. 1, p. 012035). IOP Publishing. (EI)
  18. Mehtab, A., Aaqib, M., Sadiq, S., Mandokhail, S. J., Adeel, M. B., Kakar, N. A. [2018]. Empirical SPT-CPT correlation for soils from Lahore, Pakistan. In IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering (Vol. 414, No. 1, p. 012015). IOP Publishing. (EI)

Refereed Conference/ Local Journals

  1. Alam, Jiang YJ, Li JJ, “Experimental and numerical study of soil-roots coupled constitutive behavior”. In International Conference on Silk-road Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development (SiDDR-2019, Beijing, China, 2019 (Poster Presentation).
  2. Sadiq, S., Alam, M., Shaikh M., Mandokhail, S., Adeel, B., “Numerical Evaluation of Pile Axial Capacity”, in Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Development in Civil Engineering (ICSDC), MUET, Pakistan, 2017
  • Spatiotemporal evolution and failure criterion of physical and mechanical parameters of root-soil composite.

This project was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 42172320)). Climate change and its adverse effects are becoming a greater global challenge. One of the adverse effects of these climate change is an increase in extreme weather events’ frequency and intensity. As the consequences of this increase in extreme events result in an increasing number of mountain hazards. To mitigate soil erosion, soil reinforcement with living plant roots is a sustainable bio-engineering alternative for stabilization of critical slopes instead of mechanical reinforcement, i.e., retaining walls, soil nailing, etc.

In order to investigate the effectiveness of roots as a slope stabilizing agent and to propose a constitutive model for the design of bio-engineered slope, the scope of this project was to study the distribution of roots architectural indices, roots mechanical properties, the effect of roots on the constitutive behavior of soil and proposing a predictive constitutive model for soil-root composite.


  • Research on granular flow hazards mitigation

This project was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 41761144077)) to study the mechanism of dry granular flow and the effect of dry granular flow on a flexible barrier. Typical flume experiments and numerical simulations were used to accomplish the objective of this research.


Senior Geotechnical Engineer [July 2015 – Sept 2017]    National Engineering Services (Pvt.) Limited, Pakistan

Projects Involved:

  • Neelum Jhelum Hydropower project
  • Khaniwal to Multan motorway (M-4 extension)
  • Dhanna Irrigation and Water Supply Scheme, FATA
  • Kundiwan Irrigation Project, FATA
  • Indus Hydropower Project

Junior Geotechnical Engineer [Oct 2011 – Jun 2015]    National Engineering Services (Pvt.) Limited, Pakistan

Projects Involved:

  • Rathoa Haryam Bridge Mirpur (Azad Kashmir)
  • 1300km Long Lahore to Thar Transmission Line Project
  • Judicial Complex Bannu
  • Muhtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Hospital Peshawar
  • Lower Bari Doab Canal Improvement Project (LBDCIP), Package ICB-02
  • Construction of Flyover in Gujranwala
  • Metro Bus Transit System, Lahore
  • JICA Assisted KPK Emergency Rural Road Rehabilitation Project
  • Karachi Site Works, Sub Project-1 (Construction of Facilities for Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission)
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