Sumi Siddiqua, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Educational Background

Ph.D. – Civil Engineering (Cardiff University, United Kingdom)
MASc – Engineering and Applied Geology (Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand)

General Background

Dr Siddiqua completed her PhD. at Cardiff University in geo-environmental engineering.  Her research focused on developing a thermal-hydraulic-mechanical model for nuclear waster repository design. Dr Siddiqua did her post-doctoral fellowship at the Geotechnical Laboratory of the University of Manitoba. 

As the lead researcher at the CFI-funded Advanced Geomaterials Testing Lab on the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia, Dr. Siddiqua and her team research nuclear waste repositories, energy pipelines, chemical stabilization of road subgrade materials, soil nano-particles, soil-water chemistry and the reuse of industry by-products.

Dr Siddiqua has been involved in several Canadian Geotechnical Society committees, and is currently the Chair of the Society's Membership Committee.  She is also active with the Women in Science and Engineering organization at UBC Okanagan.

Courses Taught

  • ENGR 340 SOIL MECHANICS
  • ENGR 440 FOUNDATION ENGINEERING
  • ENGR 444 SOLID WASTE ENGINEERING
  • Multiple Graduate-Level Courses in the Areas of Energy and the Environment

Research Interests

  • Thermal-Hydraulic-Mechanical-Chemical Behaviour of Soil
  • Deep Underground Nuclear Waste Disposal Modeling     
  • Contaminant Migration
  • Expansive, Collapsible and Organic Soil
  • Landfill Cover System
  • Soft Ground Improvement
  • Sustainable infrastructure
  • Chemical Stabilization Techniques for Roads

Selected Publications

 

(Students under my supervision are in bold)

Refereed Journal

Rahimi, S. and Siddiqua, S. Relationships between degree of saturation, total suction and electrical/thermal resistivity of highly compacted bentonite. ASCE Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste. Accepted, October, 2017.

Rahman, Z. M. and Siddiqua, S. Evaluation of liquefaction-resistance of soils using standard penetration test, cone penetration test, and shear-wave velocity data for Dhaka, Chittagong, and Sylhet cities in Bangladesh. Environmental Earth Sciences, vol. 76, March 2017.

Rahman, Z. M. Hossain, S. Kamal, A.K.M. Siddiqua, S. Mustahid, F. and Farazi, A.H. Seismic site characterization for Moulvibazar town, Bangladesh. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, published online, March 2017.

Dean, C. Siddiqua, S. and Roberts, D. Geotechnical properties of polymer-amended TSRU oil sands tailings. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, published online, March 2017.

Tabiatnejad, B. Siddiqua, S. and Siemens, G. Impact of pore fluid salinity on the mechanical behavior of unsaturated bentonite-sand mixture. Environmental Earth Sciences, vol. 75:1434 November 2016.

Ahmed, S. I. Siddiqua, S. and Renner, S. Development of a model to predict consolidation of tailings. Environmental Geotechnics, published online, October 2016.

Rahman, Z. M. Siddiqua, S. and Kamal, A.K.M. Shear wave velocity estimation of the near-surface materials of Chittagong City, Bangladesh for seismic site characterization. Journal of Applied Geophysics, vol.134:210-225 November 2016.

Latifi, N. Rashid, A. Siddiqua, S. and Majid, MZ. Strength measurement and textural characteristics of tropical residual soil stabilised with liquid polymer. Measurement, vol. 91: 46-54, September 2016.

Sarkar, G. and Siddiqua, S. Preliminary studies of hydraulic and mechanical behaviour of nanoparticles based light backfill exposed to pore fluid salinity. ASCE Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste, published online June 2016.

Ahmed, S. I. and Siddiqua, S. Compressibility behavior of soils: a statistical approach. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, published online March 2016.

Sarkar, G. and Siddiqua, S. Effect of fluid chemistry on the microstructure of light backfill: An X-ray CT investigation. Engineering Geology, vol. 202: 153–162, March 2016.

Sarkar, G. Dey, A. and Siddiqua, S. Preparation of Wyoming bentonite nanoparticles. Environmental Geotechnics, published online February 2016.

Sarkar, G. Siddiqua, S., Banik, R. and Rokonuzzaman, M. Prediction of soil type and Standard Penetration Test (SPT) value in Khulna City, Bangladesh using General Regression Neural Network. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, vol. 48: 190–203, October 2015.

Latifi, N. Rashid, A. Siddiqua, S. and Horpibulsuk, S. Microstructural analysis of strength development in low and high swelling clays stabilized with magnesium chloride solution – A Green soil stabilizer. Applied Clay Science, vol. 118: 195–206, October 2015.

Rahman, Z. M. Siddiqua, S. and Kamal, A.K.M. Liquefaction hazard mapping by liquefaction potential index for Dhaka City, Bangladesh. Engineering Geology, vol. 188: 137-147, January 2015.

Siddiqua, S. Siemens, G. Blatz, J. Man, A. and Lim, B.F. Influence of pore fluid chemistry on the mechanical properties of clay-based materials. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, vol. 32: 1029-1042, May 2014. 

Ahmed, S. I. and Siddiqua, S. A review on consolidation behaviour of tailings. International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, vol. 1(1): 102-111, January 2014.

Saadeldin, R. and Siddiqua, S. Geotechnical characterization of a clay-cement mix. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, vol. 72(3-4): 601-608, November 2013.

Siddiqua, S., Blatz, J. and Privat, N.C. Evaluating the behaviour of instrumented prototype rockfill dams. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, vol. 50(3): 298-310, March 2013.

Siddiqua, S. Blatz, J. and Privat, N.C. Evaluating turbulent flow in large rockfill. ASCE: Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, vol.137 (11):1462-1469, November 2011.

Siddiqua, S. Blatz, J. and Siemens, G. Evaluation of the impact of pore fluid chemistry on the hydromechanical behaviour of clay-based sealing materials. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, vol. 48(2):199-213, January 2011.

Siddiqua, S. Blatz, J. and Siemens, G. Experimental study on the performance of light and dense backfills. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, vol. 48(2):214-225, January 2011.

Thomas H.R. Siddiqua, S. and Seetharam, S.C. Inclusion of higher-temperature effects in a soil behaviour model. Géotechnique, vol. 59(3):279–282, April 2009.

 

 Refereed Conference Proceedings

Rahman, Z. and Siddiqua, S. Probabilistic seismic hazard analysis for Dhaka City, Bangladesh. 70th Canadian Geotechnical Conference and the 12th Joint CGS/IAH-CNC Groundwater Conference, Ottawa, ON, 1-4 October, 2017.

Renner, S. and Siddiqua, S. Characterization of muskeg for modelling pipeline integrity. 70th Canadian Geotechnical Conference and the 12th Joint CGS/IAH-CNC Groundwater Conference, Ottawa, ON, 1-4 October, 2017.

Rahimi, S. and Siddiqua, S. A generalized relationship for estimating highly compacted bentonite’s degree of saturation using electrical and thermal resistivity. 70th Canadian Geotechnical Conference and the 12th Joint CGS/IAH-CNC Groundwater Conference, Ottawa, ON, 1-4 October, 2017.

Siddique, S. Siddiqua, S. and Ahmed, S. I. Comparative Study between Landfills in Canada and Bangladesh: A Case Study of Glenmore landfill, British Columbia, Canada and Khulna Pilot Scale Sanitary Landfill, Bangladesh. 70th Canadian Geotechnical Conference and the 12th Joint CGS/IAH-CNC Groundwater Conference, Ottawa, ON, 1-4 October, 2017.

Tabiatnejad, B. Siddiqua, S. Renner, S. and Siemens, G. Thermal properties of an engineered barrier in the presence of saline pore fluid. 69th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Vancouver, BC, 2-5 October, 2016.

Bigdeli, A. and Siddiqua, S. Assessment and Analysis of Factors Influencing the Collapse. 69th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Vancouver, BC, 2-5 October, 2016.

Rahman, Z. and Siddiqua, S. Liquefaction resistance evaluation of soils using Standard Penetration Test blow count and shear wave velocity. 69th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Vancouver, BC, 2-5 October, 2016.

Rahman, Z. Kamal, A.K.M.M. and Siddiqua, S. Shear wave velocity mapping of Dhaka City for seismic hazard assessment. 11th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Victoria, British Columbia, 21-24 July 2015.

Islam, R. Siddiqua, S. and Assaduzzaman, M. Developed strength and engineering properties of stabilized organic soil using chemical admixture: A linear regression model. 68th Canadian Geotechnical and 7th Canadian Permafrost Conference, Quebec City, Quebec, 20-23 September 2015.

Bigdeli, A. Siddiqua, S. and Williams, N. Evaluation and control of collapsible soils in Okanagan-Thompson area. 68th Canadian Geotechnical and 7th Canadian Permafrost Conference, Quebec City, Quebec, 20-23 September 2015.

Rahman, Z. Siddiqua, S. and Kamal, A.K.M.M. Shear wave velocity estimation from combined use of multichannel analysis of surface waves and small scale microtremor measurement for earthquake engineering site characterization. 68th Canadian Geotechnical and 7th Canadian Permafrost Conference, Quebec City, Quebec, 20-23 September 2015.

Sarkar, G. and Siddiqua, S. “Effect of fluid chemistry on the microstructure of light backfill: A X-ray CT analysis”. 68th Canadian Geotechnical and 7th Canadian Permafrost Conference, Quebec City, Quebec, 20-23 September 2015.

Dean, C. Siddiqua, S. Roberts, D. Siemens, G. Characterization of oil sands tailings containing a significant hydrocarbon content and a synthetic polymer. 67th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Regina, Saskatchewan, 28 September-1 October 2014.

Saadeldin, R. and Siddiqua, S. Evaluation of strength development in clay-cement mix. 66th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Montréal, Québec, 29 September-3 October 2013.

Ahmed, S. I. and Siddiqua, S. Statistical analysis and prediction for consolidation behaviour of tailings. In Proceedings of CSCE 2013 General Conference, Montreal, May 29-June 01, 2013.

Saadeldin, R. Hu, Y. Siddiqua, S. and Henni, A. Response of buried pipes to unsaturated soil conditions. ASCE pipeline conference, Fort Worth, TX, June 23-26, 2013.

Khoshand, A. Tabiatnejad, B. and Siddiqua, S. Evaluation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) contamination in soil of industrial environments along Tehran-Semnan road, Iran. 65th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 30 September-3 October 2012.

Siddiqua, S. Blatz, J. and Siemens, G. Investigation of the mechanical behaviour of light and dense backfill material subjected to various pore fluid conditions. Pan-Am CGS Geotechnical conference, Toronto, Ontario, 2-6 October 2011.

Siddiqua, S. Thomas H.R. and Seetharam, S.C. Thermo-hydraulic-mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils under high temperature. 6th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics, New Delhi, India, 8-12 November 2010.

Siddiqua, S. Priyanto, D. and Blatz, J. Understating the performance of sealing materials under the influence of groundwater salinity. 63rd Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Calgary, Alberta, 12-15 September 2010.

Siddiqua, S. and Blatz, J. Evaluation of the impact of pore fluid properties on the 1D consolidation behaviour of clay based sealing material. 62nd Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 21-23 September 2009.

Siddiqua, S. Thomas H.R. and Seetharam, S.C. On the inclusion of high temperature effects in the behaviour of buffer material. 62nd Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 21-23 September 2009.

Thomas H.R. Seetharam, S.C. Siddiqua, S. and Vardon, P.J. On the development of a THM model to include higher temperature effects. International symposium on computational geomechanics, France, 29 April-01May 2009. 

Siddiqua, S. and Glawe, U. Study of contaminant migration through soft Bangkok clay. International Workshop in Geoenvironment and Geotechnics, Milos Island, Greece, 12-14 September 2005, 189-193.

Awards and Achievements

  •  Overseas Research Student Award by UK Secretary of State for Education and Science
  •  Scholarship support from Cardiff University, UK
  •  Monbukagaku-sho Scholarship by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of the Govt. of Japan (Declined)
  •  Visiting student research grant from European Commission funded Asia-Link project
  •  Scholarship support from Asian Development Bank, Japan


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Sumi

Sumi Siddiqua
Associate Professor

Office: EME 4281
Tel: 250-807-9863
Email: sumi.siddiqua@ubc.ca

Graduate Students: I am currently looking for graduate students with excellent academic backgrounds.  Please send me your CV and transcripts.