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Dr. Sez Atamturktur

Associate Professor; Distinguished Professor of Intelligent Infrastructure

Website: CU-Ideas

Areas of Interest

Model Calibration under Uncertainty
Model Validation and Uncertainty Quantification
Robustness to Lack-of-knowledge
Structural Health Monitoring
Structural Dynamics

B.S., Architecture, Civil Engineering minor, 2002, Orta Dogu Teknik Universitesi
M.S., Architectural Engineering, 2006, Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 2009, Pennsylvania State University

Classes typically taught

CE 2990/3990/4990 Creative Inquiry on Structural Health Monitoring
CE 3010 Structural Analysis
CE 4010/6010 Martix Structural Analysis
CE 4040/6040, Masonry Structural Design
CE 8060 Structural Dynamics                          
CE 8930 Structural Health Monitoring

Professional Society Membership
Society of Experimental Mechanics
American Society of Civil Engineers
Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)
Architectural Engineering Institute
The Masonry Society

Sample Publications

Papers on Model Validation and Uncertainty Quantification

  1. Brown A. and Atamturktur, S. (2016, in print), “Nonparametric Functional Calibration of Computer Models,” Statistica Sinica (Institute of Statistical Science).  
  2. Stevens, G.*and Atamturktur, S., (2016), "Mitigating Error and Uncertainty in Partitioned Analysis: A Review of Verification, Calibration and Validation Methods for Coupled Simulations," Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering (Springer).
  3. Atamturktur S. and Farajpour I.* (2015), “Resource Allocation for Code Development in Partitioned Models,” Engineering Computations: International Journal for Computer-Aided Engineering and Software (Emerald). 
  4. Stevens, G.*, Atamturktur, S., Lebensohn, R., and Kaschner G., (2015), “Experiment-Based Validation and Uncertainty Quantification of Coupled Multi-scale Plasticity Models,” Multidiscipline Modeling in Materials and Structures (Emerald). 
  5. Stevens G.*, Van Buren K*., Wheeler E.* and Atamturktur S.(2015), “Evaluating the Fidelity and Robustness ofCalibrated Numerical Model Predictions: An Application on a Wind Turbine Blade,” Engineering Computations: International Journal for Computer-Aided Engineering and Software (Emerald), Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 621-642. 
  6. Atamturktur, S., Egeberg, M.*, Hemez, F., and Stevens, G.*, (2015), "Defining Coverage of an Operational Domain Using a Modified Nearest-Neighbor Metric," Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing (Elsevier), Vol. 50-51, pp. 349-361.
  7. Atamturktur S., Liu Z. *, Cogan S. and Juang C. H. (2015), “Calibration of Imprecise and Inaccurate Numerical Models Considering Fidelity and Robustness: A Multi-Objective Optimization Based Approach,”Structural and Multi-disciplinary Optimization (Springer), Vol. 51, No. 3, pp. 659-671 DOI 10.1007/s00158-014-1159-y.
  8. Atamturktur, S. , Hegenderfer, J., Williams, B., and Unal, C., (2015), "Selection Criterion Based on an Exploration-Exploitation Approach for Optimal Design of Experiments," Journal of Engineering Mechanics (ASCE), Vol. 141, No. 1.
  9. Atamturktur, S., Hegenderfer, J.*, Williams, B., Egeberg, M.* Ricardo, L., and Unal, C., (2015), “A Resource Allocation Framework for Experiment-Based Validation of Numerical Models,” Journal of Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures (Taylor & Francis), Vol. 22, No. 8.
  10. Bi, S.*, Atamturktur, S., and Deng, Z. (2014), "Stochastic Model Updating Using Distance Discrimination Analysis," Chinese Journal of Aeronautics (Elsevier), Vol. 27, No. 5, pp. 1188-1198.
  11. Van Buren, K.*, Atamturktur, S., and Hemez, F. (2014), “Model selection through robustness and fidelity criteria: Modeling the dynamics of the CX-100 wind turbine blade,” Journal of Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing (Elsevier), Vol. 43, pp. 246-259.
  12. Prabhu, S.*, Atamturktur, S.,  Brosnan, D., Dorrance, R., and Messier, P. (2014), “Foundation Settlement Analysis of Fort Sumter National Monument: Model Development and Predictive Assessment,” Engineering Structures (Elsevier), Vol. 65, pp. 1-12.
  13. Atamturktur, S., Prabhu, S.* (2013), “Simulation Based Structural Analysis of Fort Sumter considering Foundation Settlement,” Structures Magazine, May, pp. 26-29.
  14. Hegenderfer, J.* and Atamturktur, S., (2013), “Prioritization of Code Development Efforts in Partitioned Analysis,” Computer Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering (Wiley), Vol. 28, No. 4, pp. 289-306. 
  15. Atamturktur, S., Williams, B., Egeberg, M. *, and Unal, C., (2013), “Batch Sequential Design of Optimal Experiments for Improved Predictive Maturity in Physics-Based Modeling,” Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (Springer), Vol 48, No. 3, pp. 549-569.
  16. Farajpour, I. and Atamturktur, S., (2013), ”Error and Uncertainty Analysis of Inexact and Imprecise Computer Models,” Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (ASCE), Vol. 27, No. 4, pp. 407-418.
  17. Mollineaux, M.**, Van Buren, K. *, Hemez, F. and Atamturktur, S. (2013), “Simulating the Dynamics of Wind Turbine Blades: Part I, Model Development and Verification,” Wind Energy (Wiley), Vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 694-710.
  18. Van Buren, K. *, Mollineaux, M.**, Hemez, F. and Atamturktur, S., (2013), “Simulating the Dynamics of Wind Turbine Blades: Part II, Model Validation & Uncertainty Quantification,” Wind Energy (Wiley), Vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 741-758.
  19. Farajpour, I.* and Atamturktur, S., (2012), “Partitioned Analysis of Coupled Numerical Models Considering Imprecise Parameters and Inexact Models,” Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (ASCE), Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 145-155.
  20. Van Buren, K.* and Atamturktur, S., (2012), “A Comparative Study: Predictive Modeling of Wind Turbine Blades,” Journal of Wind Engineering, Vol. 36, No. 3, pp. 235- 250.
  21. Atamturktur, S., Li, T.*, Ramage, M., and Farajpour, I.*, (2012), “Load Carrying Capacity Assessment of a Scaled Masonry Dome: Simulations Validated with Non-destructive and Destructive Measurements ,” Construction and Building Materials (Elsevier), Vol. 34, pp. 418–429.
  22. Atamturktur, S., Hemez, F., and Laman, J., (2012), "Uncertainty Quantification in Model Verification and Validation as Applied to Large Scale Historic Masonry Monuments," Engineering Structures (Elsevier), Vol. 43, pp. 221-234.
  23. Atamturktur, S. and Sevim, B., (2012), “Seismic Performance Assessment of Masonry Tile Domes through Non-linear Finite Element Analysis,” Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities (ASCE), Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 410-423.
  24. Atamturktur, S. and Laman, J., (2012), "Finite Element Model Correlation and Calibration of Historic Monuments: Review," Journal of Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings (Wiley), Vol. 21,No. 2, pp. 96-113.
  25. Juang, C.H., Luo, Z., Atamturktur, S., and Huang, H. (2012). “Bayesian Updating of Soil Parameters for Braced Excavations Using Field Observations.” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (ASCE), Vol. 139, No. 3, pp. 395-406.
  26. Farajpour, I.* and Atamturktur, S., (2012), “Optimization-based Strong Coupling Procedure for Partitioned Analysis,” Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (ASCE), Vol. 26, No. 5, pp. 648-660.
  27. Atamturktur, S., Hemez, F., Williams, B., Tome, C., and Unal, C., (2011), “A Forecasting Metric for Predictive Modeling,” Computers and Structures (Elsevier), Vol. 89, No. 23–24, pp. 2377-2387.
  28. Hemez, F. and Atamturktur, S., (2011), “The Dangers of Sparse Sampling for the Quantification of Margin and Uncertainty,” Journal of Reliability Engineering and System Safety (Elsevier), Vol. 96, pp.1220-1231.
  29. Unal, C., Williams, B, Hemez, F., Atamturktur, S., McClure, P., (2011), “Improved Best Estimate Plus Uncertainty Methodology, Including Advanced Validation Concepts, to License Evolving Nuclear Reactors,” Nuclear Engineering and Design, Vol. 241, No. 5, pp. 1813-1833.
  30. Sevim, B., Bayraktar, A., Altunışık, A.C., Atamturktur, S., Birinci, F., (2011), “Finite Element Model Calibration Effects on the Earthquake Response of Masonry Arch Bridges,” Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, Vol. 47, No. 7, pp. 621-634.
  31. Sevim, B., Bayraktar, A., Altunişik, A. C., Atamturktur, S. and Birinci, F., (2011), “Assessment of Nonlinear Seismic Performance of a Restored Historical Arch Bridge Using Ambient Vibrations,” Nonlinear Dynamics, Vol. 63, No. 4, pp. 755-770.
  32. Atamturktur, S., Fanning, P., and Boothby, T., (2010), “Traditional and Operational Modal Testing of Masonry Vaults,” ICE - Engineering and Computational Mechanics, Volume 163, Issue 3, pages 213 –223 , ISSN: 1755-0777, E-ISSN: 1755-0785.
  33. Atamturktur, S., and Boothby, T., (2010), “Stochastic Bayesian Calibration of Finite Element Models of Masonry Vaults,” Journal of Masonry Society, Vol. 28, No. 2, pp. 77-93.
  34. Atamturktur, S., Hemez, F., and Unal, C. (2010), "Calibration under uncertainty for finite element models of masonry monuments," (No. LA-14414). Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States).
  35. Hemez, F., Atamturktur, S., Unal, C., (2010), “Defining Predictive Maturity for Validated Numerical Simulations,” Computers and Structures, Vol. 88, No. 7-8, pp. 497- 505.
  36. Atamturktur, S., Pavic, A., Reynolds, P., and Boothby, T., (2009), “Full-Scale Modal Testing of Vaulted Gothic Churches: Lessons Learned,” Journal of Experimental Techniques, Vol. 33, No. 4, pp. 65-74.
  37. Atamturktur, S. and Boothby, T., (2007), “The Development of Finite-Element Models and the Horizontal Thrust of Guastavino Domes,” Bulletin of Association for Preservation Technology, Vol. 28, No. 4, pp. 21-29.

Papers on Robustness Against Uncertainty

  1. Lu J.*, Atamturktur, S., and Huang Y. (2016), "Bilevel Resource Allocation Framework for Retrofitting Bridges in a Transportation Network," TRB Journal.
  2. Khoshnevisan, S.*, Gong, W.*, Juang, C.H., and Atamturktur, S., (2015) “Efficient robust geotechnical design of drilled shafts in clay using a spreadsheet,” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (ASCE).
  3. Gong W., Khoshnevisan S., Juang C. H., Atamturktur S., (2015), “Robust Geotechnical Design of Drilled Shafts in Clay Using Spreadsheet,” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (Elsevier), Vol 141, No. 2.
  4. Gong W.*, Huang H.; Juang C.; Atamturktur S., Brownlow A.*, (2015) “Improved Shield Tunnel Design Methodology Incorporating Design Robustness Contributing” Canadian Geotechnical Journal.
  5. Liu Z.*, Atamturktur S. and Juang C. H. (2014), “Reliability based Multi-objective Robust Design Optimization of Steel Moment Resisting Frame Considering Spatial Variability of Connection Parameters,”Engineering Structures (Elsevier), Vol. 36, pp. 393-403.
  6. Juang, C.H. Wang, L.*, Hsieh, H. S., and Atamturktur, S., (2014), “Robust Geotechnical Design of Braced Excavations in Clays,” Structural Safety (Elsevier), Vol. 49, pp. 37-44.
  7. Wang, L.*, Juang, C. H., Atamturktur, S., Gong, W., Khoshnevisan, S.*, and Hsieh, H. S. (2014), "Optimization of Design of Supported Excavations in Multi-layer Strata," Journal of GeoEngineering (TGS), Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 35-44.
  8. Li, T.*, and Atamturktur, S., (2014), “Fidelity and Robustness of Detailed Micromodeling, Simplified Micromodeling and Macromodeling Techniques for a Masonry Dome,” Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities (ASCE), Vol 28, No. 3, pp. 480-490.
  9. Dalton, S.*, Atamturktur, S., Farajpour, I.* and Juang, C.H. (2013), “An Optimization Based Approach for Structural Design Considering Safety, Robustness, And Cost,” Journal of Engineering Structures (Elsevier). Vol 57, pp. 356-363.
  10. Liu, Z.*, Juang, H., and Atamturktur, S. (2013), "Confidence Level-Based Robust Design of Cantilever Retaining Walls in Sand," Computers and Geotechnics (Elsevier), Vol. 52, pp. 16-27.
  11. Wang, L.*, Hwang, J.H., Juang, C.H., and Atamturktur, S. (2013), “Reliability-Based Design of Rock Slopes – A New Perspective on Design Robustness,” Engineering Geology (Elsevier), Vol. 154, pp. 56-63.
  12. Luo, Z.*, Atamturktur, S. and Juang, C.H., (2013), “Bootstrapping for Characterizing the Effect of Uncertainty in Sample Statistics for Braced Excavations,” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (ASCE), Vol. 139, No. 1, pp. 13-23.
  13. Liu, Z.*, Atamturktur, S., and Juang, H., (2013), “Performance Based Robust Design Optimization of Steel Moment Resisting Frames,” Journal of Constructional Steel Research (Elsevier), Vol. 89, pp. 165-174.
  14. Juang, C.H., Liu, Z.*, and Atamturktur, S., (2013), “Reliability-based Robust Geotechnical Design of Retaining Walls,” Sound Geotechnical Research to Practice, ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication (ASCE), pp. 514-524.
  15. Luo, Z.*, Atamturktur, S., and Juang, C. H. (2012), "Effect of Spatial Variability on Probability-Based Design of Excavations Against Basal-Heave," Geotechnical Special Publication (ASCE), DOI 10.1061/9780784412121.294, pp. 2876-2884.
  16. Juang, H., Wang, L.*, Atamturktur, S., and Luo, Z., (2012), “Reliability-Based Robust and Optimal Design of Shallow Foundations in Cohesionless Soil in the Face of Uncertainty,” Journal of GeoEngineering (TGS), Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 75-87.
  17. Luo, Z.*, Atamturktur, S., Cai, Y., and Juang, C. H., (2012), “Simplified Approach for Reliability-Based Design Against Basal-Heave Failure In Braced Excavations Considering Spatial Effect,” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (Elsevier), Vol. 138, No. 4, pp. 441-450.
  18. Luo, Z.*, Atamturktur, S., Cai, Y., and Juang, C. H., (2012) “Reliability Analysis of Basal-heave in a Braced Excavation in a 2-D Random Field,” Computers and Geotechnics (Elsevier), Vol. 39, pp. 27-37.
  19. Luo, Z.*, Atamturktur, S., Juang, C.H., Huang, H., and Lin, P.S., (2011) “Probability of Serviceability Failure in a Braced Excavation in a Spatially Random Field: Fuzzy Finite Element Approach,” Computers and Geotechnics (Elsevier), Vol. 38, No. 8, pp. 1031-1040. 

Papers on Structural Health Monitoring

  1. Atamturktur, S. Ross, B., Thompson J., and Biggs D., (2016, in print), “Assembly Strength of Dry-Stacked Concrete Masonry Units” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering – technical note.
  2. Prabhu, S.*, Atamturktur, S. and Dorrance, R. (2016, in print), "Investigating the Cracks in Granite Slabs at Fort Sumter through Computer Modeling," APT Bulletin.
  3. Yazdekhasti S.*, Piratla, K. R., Atamturktur S., and Khan A., (2016), "Experimental Verification of a Novel Vibration-Based Technique for Detecting Water Pipeline Leakage," Journal of Structure and Infrastructure Engineering (Taylor and Francis).
  4. Khan, S. M., Atamturktur, S., Chowdhury, M., and Rahman, M, (2016), "Integration of Structural Health Monitoring and Intelligent Transportation Systems for Bridge Condition Assessment: Current Status and Future Direction," IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. 
  5. Prabhu, S.* and Atamturktur, S., (accepted, in print), “A Review on Prognostic Evaluation of Historic Masonry Structures: Present Challenges and Future Direction,” The Masonry Society Journal.
  6. Sevim, B., Atamturktur S., Altunisik A.C., and  Bayraktar A. (2015), “Ambient Vibration Testing and Seismic Behavior of Historical Arch Bridges under Near and Far Fault Ground Motions,” Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering. 
  7. Ross, B., Roper, B.* and Atamturktur S. (2015), “Detailing Steel Roof Decks to Control Damage from Windborne Debris Impact,” Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction (ASCE). 
  8. Atamturktur, S., Farajpour, I.*, Prabhu, S.* and Haydock, A.* (2015), “Adaptively Weighted Support Vector Regression: Prognostic Application to a Historic Masonry Fort,” Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities (ASCE), Vol. 29, No. 2.
  9. Fisher, M.*, Khan, A., Atamturktur, S., (2013), "State of the Art in Scour Monitoring," Sediment Transport: Monitoring, Modeling and Management, Editors: Khan, A. A., and Wu, W., Nova Science Publishers, Inc., ISBN: 978-1-62618-683-5.  
  10. Prabhu, S.* and Atamturktur, S., (2013), “Selection of Optimal Sensor Locations Based on Modified Effective Independence Method: Case Study on a Gothic Revival Cathedral,” Journal of Architectural Engineering (ASCE), Vol. 19, No. 4, pp.288-301.
  11. Fisher, M.*, Atamturktur, S., and Khan, A., (2013), “A Novel Vibration-Based Monitoring Technique for Bridge Pier and Abutment Scour,” Journal of Structural Health Monitoring (Sage), Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 114-125.
  12. Prabhu, S.* and Atamturktur, S., (2013), “Feature Assimilation for Vibration Based Damage Detection,” Journal of Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation (ASTM), Vol. 41, No. 1, pp. 1-11.
  13. Fisher, M.*, Chowdhury, Md. N.*, Khan, A., and Atamturktur, S. (2013), “An Evaluation of Scour Measurement Devices,” Flow Measurement and Instrumentation (Elsevier), Vol. 33, pp. 55-67.
  14. Fisher, M.*, Khan, A., and Atamturktur, S. (2013), “Scour Monitoring Via Turbulent Open Channel Flow,” Measurement Science and Technology (IOP Science), Vol. 24, No. 8, pp. 1-14.
  15. Atamturktur, S., Gilligan, C.*, and Salyards, K., (2013), “Detection of Internal Defects in Concrete Members Using Global Vibration Characteristics,” Materials Journal (ACI), Vol. 110, No. 5, pp. 529-538.
  16. Dalton, S.*, Atamturktur, S., and Juang, C.H., (2013), “Structural Health Monitoring for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Management,” International Journal of Building, Urban, Interior and Landscape Technology, Vol. 2, pp. 56-67.
  17. Atamturktur, S., Bornn, L., and Hemez, F., (2011), "Vibration Characteristics of Vaulted Masonry Monuments Undergoing Differential Support Settlement," Journal of Engineering Structures (Elsevier), Vol. 33, pp. 2472-2484. 
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Dr. Sez Atamturktur
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