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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

Postdoctoral Researcher

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Laboratory of Soil Mechanics, 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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Piles Engineering & Materials Science
pile Earth & Environmental Sciences
Soils Engineering & Materials Science
energy Earth & Environmental Sciences
Snow and ice removal Engineering & Materials Science
cutoff wall Earth & Environmental Sciences
in situ test Earth & Environmental Sciences
pile group Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2012 2020

  • 8 Article
  • 4 Conference contribution
  • 2 Paper
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis
5 Downloads (Pure)

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
Life cycle
Geothermal heat pumps

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

pile group

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

Cyclic loads
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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
Shear strength
in situ test
Thermal load