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April 29: Carnegie Mellon's Burcu Akinci Honored by Industry Consortium


Chriss Swaney                    

Carnegie Mellon's Burcu Akinci
Honored by Industry Consortium

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Burcu Akinci was selected to receive the prestigious 2008 CETI (Celebration of Engineering and Technology Innovation) Award from the FIATEC industry consortium for significant achievements in new and emerging technology research.
Burcu Akinci Akinci, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon, received the award as an "Outstanding Early Career Researcher" earlier this month in New Orleans.
"I am honored to receive this award because the recognition shows the industry significance of my research on using automated data capture technologies to model construction project histories to support a variety of decisions throughout the life-cycle of facilities," said Akinci, one of 12 recipients at FIATEC's annual awards gala.
FIATECH, an industry consortium that provides global leadership in identifying and deploying fully-integrated and automated technologies to a wide variety of capital projects, received more than 50 nominations for 12 different award categories, ranging from outstanding early career researcher to life-cycle data management and information integration.
"Burcu Akinci is highly deserving of this prestigious award from FIATECH," said James H. Garrett Jr., professor and head of Carnegie Mellon's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and one of the award judges. "She has been doing high quality research related to the use of laser scanning and RFID technology on construction sites, in addition to the use of building information models throughout the facility life-cycle, which are technologies that FIATECH is trying to have more fully adopted by the construction industry to create Intelligent Construction Jobsites."
Akinci's work focuses on leveraging information models and a variety of sensors to streamline construction and facility-management practices. She also recently helped launch a new project-based international construction project-management course with students from the United States, Turkey, Israel and Brazil.
Akinci has received numerous accolades for her expertise and professional services, including the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Award in 2005, the George Tallman Ladd Research Award from Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering in 2003, a Liberman Fellowship at Stanford University's Engineering School and a NATO doctoral student scholarship through the Turkish National Science Foundation.
Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon in 2000, Akinci worked as a project engineer on several multi-story housing and water treatment projects in Turkey.  
She earned a master's degree and Ph.D. in civil engineering from Stanford University in 1995 and 2000, respectively. She received her bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Middle East Technical University in 1991, and earned an MBA from Turkey's Bilkent University in 1993.
Other FIATECH award reviewers and judges included industry experts from The Dow Chemical Company, ConocoPhillips, Engineering News-Record Magazine, Zachry Construction and Autodesk.