Burcu Akinci-Civil and Environmental Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Burcu Akinci

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Co-Director, Pennsylvania Smarter Infrastructure Incubator (PSii)

Civil & Environmental Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Office: Porter Hall 123K
Phone: 412-268-2959
Fax: 412-268-7813

Research Group: AIS 
Research Centers: 


Ph.D. 2000, Stanford University

Areas of Interest

Approaches for achieving reliable construction schedules and estimates, approaches for situation awareness and assessment via information-rich as-built models and reality capture technologies.

Selected Publications

  • Tang, P., Huber, D., Akinci, B. (2011) "Characterization of Laser Scanners and Algorithms for Detecting Flatness Defects on Concrete Surfaces,” ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 25: 31-42.
  • Soibelman, L., Sacks, R., Akinci, B., Dikmen, I., Birgonul, T., Eyb Poosh, M. (2011) "Preparing Civil Engineers for International Collaboration in Construction Management,” Journal of Professional Issues In Engineering 
  • Tang, P., Huber, D., Akinci, B., Lipman, R., Lytle, A. (2010) "Automatic Reconstruction of As-built Building Information Models from Laser-Scanned Point Clouds: A Review of Related Techniques,” Automation in Construction, 19: 829-843.
  • Ergan, S., Akinci, B. (2010) "Automated generation of customized field data collection templates to support information needs of cost estimators," ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 24: 129-139.
  • Ergan, S., Akinci, B., Gonzalez, C. (2010) "Comparison of experienced and novice cost estimator behaviors in information pull and push methods," Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 37: 290-301.

Recent Awards

  • 2011: named Professor of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Pittsburgh Section. This award is given for outstanding teaching ability and significant contributions toward improving professional aspects of civil engineering education.
  • 2010: received the "Bringing the World into the Classroom: ACE Award to Recognize Innovative Use of Technology to Promote Internationalism" from the American Council on Education (ACE) with Lucio Soibelman.