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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


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Research Output

  • 9 Article
  • 4 Conference contribution
  • 2 Paper
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis

Load Transfer Method for Energy Piles in a Group with Pile–Soil–Slab–Pile Interaction

Ravera, E., Sutman, M. & Laloui, L., Jun 2020, In : Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. 146, 6, 2258.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Long-term performance and life cycle assessment of energy piles in three different climatic conditions

    Sutman, M., Speranza, G., Ferrari, A., Larrey-Lassalle, P. & Laloui, L., 1 Feb 2020, In : Renewable Energy. 146, p. 1177-1191 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    13 Downloads (Pure)

    Analysis of the interaction factor method for energy pile groups with slab

    Ravera, E., Sutman, M. & Laloui, L., 14 Oct 2019, In : Computers and Geotechnics.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Cyclic load-transfer approach for the analysis of energy piles

    Sutman, M., Olgun, C. G. & Laloui, L., Jan 2019, In : Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. 145, 1, 04018101.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 9 Citations (Scopus)

    Experimental Analysis on the Multiphysical Phenomena Governing Energy Pile Behavior

    Laloui, L. & Sutman, M., 2019, From Research to Applied Geotechnics: Invited Lectures of the XVI Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (XVI PCSMGE). IOS Press, p. 356-370 15 p. (Advances in Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering; vol. 7).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • 53 Downloads (Pure)