July 14, 2014
Akinci Named the Paul P. Christiano Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor Burcu Akinci has been named the Paul Christiano Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Akinci is internationally recognized as a leader in deployment of advanced technologies and sensor-data-driven management in construction. She leads research and education collaborations with colleagues in multiple colleges at CMU and at other institutions around the world. She has been very successful in both undergraduate and graduate teaching and Akinci’s professional service activities are well known in the construction academic community nationally and internationally. Akinci is also the co-director of the Smarter Infrastructure Incubator (SII), an interdisciplinary research lab at CMU that aims to advance infrastructure technology through partnerships with Pennsylvania businesses and government agencies.
Professor Akinci received her BS in Civil Engineering (1991) from Middle East Technical University. She received an MBA (1993) from Bilkent University; her MS (1995) and PhD (2000) degrees in Construction Engineering and Management from Stanford. Burcu joined CEE as an Assistant Professor in September 2000, was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2006, and to Full Professor with tenure in July 2009.
The Paul Christiano Professorship was made possible through the generosity of a group of donors who endowed the professorship in recognition of Christiano’s significant and enduring contributions to Civil and Environmental Engineering, the College of Engineering and the university.