Margaret M. Darrow

Margaret Darrow
  • Department Chair, Mining and Geological Engineering
  • Professor, Ph.D., P.E., Geological Engineering
  • (907) 474-7303
  • ELIF 364

Background and Research Interests

Dr. Darrow's research interests include frozen ground engineering, frost heave, soil physics, and thermal modeling of embankments. She has worked with the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, and extensively with secondary school students to teach them about math and science.

Professor Darrow joined the Geological Engineering Program at the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering in 2008.

Additional information can be found on Dr. Darrow's research page.


  • GE101 – Introduction to Geological Engineering
  • GE 261 - General Geology for Engineers
  • GE 365 - Geological Materials Engineering
  • GE 375 - Principles of Engineering Geology and Terrain Analysis
  • GE 376 - GIS Applications in Geological and Environmental Engineering
  • GE 381/382 - Field Methods and Applied Design I and II
  • GE 430 - Geomechanical Instrumentation
  • GE440 – Slope Stability
  • GE441 – Geohazard Analysis
  • GE480 – Senior Design
  • GE626 – Thermal Geotechnics
  • GE 692 - Graduate Seminar
  • ES 209 - Statics


  • 2007 Ph.D., Arctic Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • 2002 B. S., Geological Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • 1997 Teachers for Alaska Certification Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • 1995 M. S., Geology, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • 1993 B. S., Geology, University of Washington

Selected Publications

  • Kruse, A. M., Darrow, M. M., Akagawa, S. (2018). “Improvements in measuring unfrozen water in frozen soils using pulse nuclear magnetic resonance (P-NMR) method.” Journal of Cold Regions Engineering: 32(1), 7 p., doi:0.1061/(ASCE)CR.1943-5495.0000141
  • Darrow, M. M., Daanen, R. P., Gong, W. (2017). “Predicting movement using internal deformation dynamics of a landslide in permafrost.” Cold Regions Science and Technology: 143, 93-104,
  • Kruse, A. M. and Darrow, M. M. (2017). “Adsorbed cation effects on unfrozen water in fine-grained frozen soil measured using pulsed nuclear magnetic resonance.” Cold Regions Science and Technology: 142, 42-54.
  • Darrow, M. M., Gyswyt, N. L., Simpson, J. M., Daanen, R. P., Hubbard, T. D. (2016). “Frozen debris lobe morphology and movement: an overview of eight dynamic features, southern Brooks Range, Alaska.” The Cryosphere, 10, 977-993, doi:10.5194/tc-10-977-2016.
  • Darrow, M. M., and Jensen, D. D. (2016). “Modeling the performance of an air convection embankment (ACE) with thermal berm over ice-rich permafrost, Lost Chicken Creek, Alaska.” Cold Regions Science and Technology, 130, 43-58.
  • Simpson, J. M., Darrow, M. M., Huang, S. L., Daanen, R. P., Hubbard, T. D. (2016). “Investigating movement and characteristics of a frozen debris lobe, South-Central Brooks Range, Alaska.” Environmental and Engineering Geoscience, 22(3), 259-277.
  • Darrow, M. M. and Jensen, D. D. (2014). “Cold region applications for in-place inclinometers based on microelectromechanical systems technology.” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2433, 1-9, doi:10.3141/2433-01.
  • Obermiller, K. E., Darrow, M. M., Huang, S. L., Chen, G. (2013) “Site investigation and slope stability analysis of the Chitina Dump Slide (CDS), Alaska.” Environmental and Engineering Geoscience, 19(1), 27-40.
  • Darrow, M. M., Bray, M. T., Huang, S. L. (2012). “Analysis of a deep-seated landslide in permafrost, Richardson Highway, South-Central, Alaska.” Environmental and Engineering Geoscience, 18(3), 261-280.
  • Darrow, M. M. (2011). "Thermal modeling of roadway embankments over permafrost." Cold Regions Science and Technology, 65, 474-487.
  • Darrow, M. M., Huang, S. L., Akagawa, S. (2009). "Adsorbed cation effects on the frost susceptibility of natural soils." Cold Regions Science and Technology, 55, 263-277.
  • Darrow, M. M., Huang, S. L., Shur, Y., Akagawa, S. (2008). "Improvements in frost heave laboratory testing of fine-grained soils." Journal of Cold Regions Engineering, 22(3), 65-78.
  • Darrow, M. M. (2009). "Active layer and frost bulb interaction for a full-scale, buried chilled gas pipeline." ASCE 14th Conference on Cold Regions Engineering, Duluth, Minnesota, Aug. 30 - Sept. 2, 2009.
  • Darrow, M. M., Huang, S. L., Akagawa, S., Iwahana, S. (2008). "Effect of adsorbed cations on unfrozen water in silty soil as determined using the NMR method." Proc., Permafrost: Ninth International Conference, Fairbanks, Alaska, June 29 - July 3, 2008, 327-331.

Awards and Honors

  • ASCE 2013 International Cold Regions Engineering Conference Best Paper award
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award 2011
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 2003 - 2006
  • Tau Beta Pi Fellow 2003