Othman Nasir, Ph.D., P.Eng., Numerical Modeller / Engineer


  • Ph.D., Geotechnical Engineering, University of Ottawa, 2013
  • M.Sc., Geotechnical Engineering, University of Ottawa, 2008
  • M.Sc., Geotechnical Engineering, University of Mosul, 1997
  • B.Sc., Civil Engineering, University of Mosul, 1995

Dr. Nasir has more than 17 years of engineering experience and has been a licensed member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) since 2009. Dr. Nasir worked for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission as a Geoscientist Assessment Officer, and since 2013 he has been a contributor to the international DECOVALEX project. In 2012 Dr. Nasir joined the Geofirma team, working as a numerical modeller and focusing on geotechnical engineering,  rock mechanics, and coupled numerical analysis of gas and water flow in geological formations.

Othman Nasir obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1995 and a Master’s degrees in Geotechnical Engineering in 1997 from the University of Mosul in Iraq. His research there focused on the correct measurement of consolidation properties of local clay deposits.  Othman Nasir worked in Libya for more than 8 years, as an engineering consultant and instructor at a technical college.  His work in Libya focused on the design of high tension electrical transmission towers, including both foundation design and cable sag calculations. In 2006, Othman Nasir immigrated to Canada, obtaining a Master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Ottawa in 2008.  In 2013 he obtained a Doctorate degree in Civil Engineering (specializing in geotechnical engineering) from the University of Ottawa. Throughout his career, Dr. Nasir has focused on geotechnical engineering, geomechanics, and numerical modelling of coupled (thermo-hydro-mechanical) processes in porous media, which was also his research focus for his Doctorate degree. In the last three years, Dr. Nasir is conducting ongoing numerical studies of the engineering properties of sand-bentonite materials used as an engineered barrier in the disposal of radioactive materials.