USDOT Region V Regional University Transportation Center

Erol Tutumluer Joins Executive Committee

August 4, 2010

NEXTRANS is pleased to announce that Erol Tutumluer has joined the Center’s Executive Committee.

Dr. Tutumluer is currently a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and the Paul F. Kent Endowed Faculty Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He holds a B.S. (Bogazici University 1989), 2 M.S. degrees (Duke University 1991 and Georgia Tech 1993), and a Ph.D. (Georgia Tech 1995), all in Civil Engineering.

Dr. Tutumluer’s area of expertise is in testing and modeling of pavement and railroad track geo-materials, areas in which he has authored and co-authored over 160 technical papers. Related to the NEXTRANS Center, Dr. Tutumluer has been working on the development of artificial neural network (ANN) and genetic algorithm (GA) based pavement structural analysis tools. The developed software, called SOFTSYS (Soft Computing Based Pavement & Geomaterial System Analyzer), was delivered to the Illinois Department of Transportation for evaluation in July 2008.

Dr. Tutumluer has received numerous awards for his teaching and research, including the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Fred Burgraff Award for Excellence in Transportation Research (2000), and TRB’s Geology and Properties of Earth Materials Section Best Paper Award (2009).

 Dr. Tutumluer serves on a number of committees for TRB and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and currently chairs the ASCE Geo-Institute’s Pavements Committee. He is an Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Pavement Engineering and ASCE International Journal of Geomechanics, and an Associate Editor of both the International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology and the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. Welcome, Dr. Tutumluer!

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