Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of Calgary, 2004

Contact information:

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Office: 7-243 Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering
Phone: 780 492 2190

Research directions

Dr. Samer Adeeb is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta. Dr. Adeeb is an expert in finite element analysis for Structural Engineering and Biomedical Engineering applications. He finished his Ph.D. at the University of Calgary in 2004 in which he highlighted the structural role of labra and menisci like structures in diarthrodial joints. Dr. Adeeb then worked in the pipeline industry for two and a half years conducting research in the buckling of pipelines. He then went back to academic for a short post-doc in the human performance laboratory until he joined the University of Alberta in 2007. Dr. Adeeb’s main area of research is computational mechanics applied to the pipeline industry and biomechanics. In the pipeline industry, Dr. Adeeb’s numerical work focuses on the combined effect of geometric imperfections and material properties on the mechanical response of pipelines under combined loading. In the biomechanics area, Dr. Adeeb studies the variation of the healthy anatomy of various musculoskeletal components. Dr. Adeeb’s laboratory implements modern three dimensional mapping techniques to study the variation of the geometry of diarthrodial joints among individuals. The applications of his research include the design of artificial joint implants. In addition, Dr. Adeeb studies three dimensional measures of symmetry of the torsos of subjects with and without scoliosis in hopes of implementing non-invasive sensitive measures to diagnose and monitor the condition.

Dr. Adeeb is very excited about experimenting with new interactive tools for Engineering education. He believes that these new tools allow the incorporation of “dynamic” examples rather than the traditional textbook “static” examples. Dr. Adeeb has incorporated various WordPress tools and WebMathematica tools in his courses hoping that the materials presented here can be easily understood by Engineering students. Please visit for more information.

Professional Experience

  • 2007 to present, faculty member, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta:
  •       2007-2013 Assistant Professor
  •       2013-2018 Associate Professor
  •       2017-2018 Interim Chair
  •       2018- Professor
  • 2004-2006, Stress Analysis Engineer, TransCanada Pipelines Ltd., Calgary, AB.

Professional Affiliations

  • Professional Engineer, Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA)


Research Interests and Research Currently in Progress


  • Effect of material plastic anisotropy on the longitudinal behavior of pipelines
  • The effect of the geometric variation of the pipeline on its buckling response
  • The Bourdon effect in pipelines
  • The effect of the internal pressure on the failure strain of pipelines with circumferential flaws


  • Finite Element Analysis of functional spinal unit
  • Surface Topography for scoliosis
  • Biomechanical analysis of shoulder repair constructs
  • Digital Image correlation in ligaments and biological tissue
  • Fractal analysis of Bone
  • Analysis of fluid content in Intervertebral discs in health versus symtptomatic spines
  • Analysis of bone growth (Long bones and Lower Jaw)


Adeeb, S.; Introduction to Solid Mechanics and Finite Element Analysis Using Mathematica. Kendall Hunt. 2011. ISBN: 978-0-7575-8879-2