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Research interests

My research activities span across a range of topics including in-situ and laboratory testing of soils and soil-structure interfaces in isothermal and non-isothermal conditions, as well as development of numerical tools for the analysis and design of geostructures. My research seeks answers to how geostructures can contribute to the sustainability of human activities and resilience to future climatic challenges.



Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering, August 2016, Virginia, USA

Specialization: Energy Foundations, In-situ Testing, Thermo-Mechanical Laboratory Testing

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – M.Sc. in Geotechnical Engineering, January 2012, Virginia, USA

Specialization: Thermo-Mechanical Soil Behavior, Thermo-Mechanical Laboratory Testing

Bogazici University – B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, May 2010, Istanbul, Turkey

Specialization: Structural behavior and capacity of Barette Foundations

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor - Equivalent to lecturer in UK academic system

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK – August 2019 - Present

Postdoctoral Researcher

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Laboratory of Soil Mechanics, Lausanne, Switzerland – October 2016 - July 2019

Project Engineer

Zetas Zemin Teknolojisi Co., (Subsidiary of Soletanche Freyssinet), Istanbul, Turkey – June 2010 - June 2011


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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