Danial Esmaili

Contact Info

Title: University Lecturer, Ph.D., P.E.
Email: danial.esmaili@njit.edu
Office: 205 colton
Hours: MW 5-6pm
Phone: 973-596-2472
Dept: civil and evironmental

Academic Interests: Unsaturated soils, geosynthetic-reinforced soil structures, slope stability, instrumentations in geotechnical engineering


Danial Esmaili graduated with a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, Norman in 2014 and then joined Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center at Federal Highway Administration in McLean, VA as Postdoctoral Research Associate, through the National Research Council Fellowship award. Dr. Esmaili joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at NJIT in Fall 2016. During his PhD and Postdoctoral tenure, Danial has performed multi-scale laboratory tests and numerical analysis to examine the stability of unsaturated soils and reinforced earthen structures (RSS, GRS) in transportation application. 


Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering, University of Oklahoma

M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering, Shiraz University-Iran

B.Sc in Civil Engineering, Guilan University-Iran


Dr. Esmaili's research interests are in ​unsaturated soils, geosynthetic-reinforced soil structures, slope stability, instrumentations in geotechnical engineering.

Journal papers

Nicks, JE., Esmaili, D., and Adams, MT., 2016, “Deformations of Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Under Bridge Service Loads,” Geotextiles and Geomembranes Journal, 44: 641-653.

Hatami, K., Esmaili, D., Chan, E., and Miller, GA., 2016, “Moisture Reduction Factors for Shear Strength of Unsaturated Reinforced Embankments,” International Journal of Geomechanics, ASCE, Special Issue on Experimental and Computational Geomechanics for Unsaturated Soils, 10.1061/(ASCE)GM.1943-5622.0000624.

Esmaili, D., and Hatami, K., 2015, “Measured Performance and Stability Analysis of LargeScale Model Embankments at Different Moisture Contents,” International Journal of Geosynthetics and Ground Engineering, Springer, 1(3)-22: 16p.

Hatami, K., and Esmaili, D., 2015, “Unsaturated Soil-Woven Geotextile Interface Strength Properties from Small-Scale Pullout and Interface Tests,” Geosynthetics International Journal, 22(2): 161-172.

Esmaili, D., Hatami, K., and Miller, GA., 2014, “Influence of Matric Suction on Geotextile Reinforcement-Marginal Soil Interface Strength,” Geotextiles and Geomembranes Journal, 42: 139-153 (10th hottest article, April-June 2014).