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Oral Buyukozturk

Oral Buyukozturk
  • Title George Macomber Professor in Construction Management; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Email
  • Faculties Sustainable Materials & Infrastructure
  • Address Room 1-281 77 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA, 02139
  • Telephone 617.253.7186
  • Research Website
  • Assistant Michelle McManus |


  • Ph.D., Cornell University
  • M.S., Cornell University
  • M.S.C.E., Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

Biosketch/Short CV (pdf)

Research Interests

Structures and materials with research focus on resiliency and sustainability of infrastructure through multiscale concrete mechanics, energy efficient cement-based construction materials, and novel sensing and monitoring for intelligent built environment.

Teaching Interests

  • Mechanics and Design of Concrete Structures (1.541/1.054)
  • Structural Mechanics and Design (1.036)
  • Structural Mechanics in Nuclear Power Technology (1.56J)
  • Colossal Failures in Engineering (21W.781/ESD.032J)

Honors and Awards

  • Elected Fellow of Scotland’s National Academy of Science and Letters, 2009
  • George W. Housner Structural Control and Monitoring Medal, EMI (ASCE), 2018
  • Golden Mirko Ros Medal, EMPA Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, 2011
  • Distinguished Service and Leadership Award, MIT CEE, 2018
  • 2023 Mustafa Inan Special Award from his alma mater Istanbul Technical University (ITU) for excellence in science and engineering.
  • Recognized in 2021 as the top 0.1% cited scientist world-wide in Mendeley metadata of citations coordinated by Stanford University.
  • Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Fellow of Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI)
  • Fellow of American Concrete Institute (ACI)

Selected Journal Publications

  • Chengping Rao, Pu Ren, Oral Buyukozturk, Hao Sun, and Yang Liu. Encoding physics to learn reaction-diffusion processes. Nature Machine intelligence 2023. In press.
  • Karamese, G., Yardimci, F., Gullu, A., Yuksel, E., Yalcin, C., & Buyukozturk, O. Vision-Based Dynamic Response Measurements of Structures by Using Smartphone Videos and Alternative Techniques. International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics, 2023, Vol. 23, No. 07, 2350069. 
  • Xing Quan Wang, Oral Büyüköztürk, Christopher KY Leung and Denvid Lau. Atomistic prediction on the degradation of vinylester-based composite under chloride and elevated temperature. Composites Science and Technology, 2022, 226: 109539. 
  • Xing Quan Wang, Wei Jian, Oral Buyukozturk, Christopher K.Y. Leung and Denvid Lau. Degradation of epoxy/glass interface in hygrothermal environment: An atomistic investigation. Composites Part B: Engineering, 2021, 206:108534.
  • J.M. Maragh, S.D. Palkovic, A. Shukla, O. Buyukozturk, and A. Masic. SEM-EDS and microindentation-driven large-area high-resolution chemomechanical mapping and computational homogenization of cementitious materials. Materials Today Communications 2021, 28: 102698.
  • D. Sen, J. Long, H. Sun, X. Campman, and O. Buyukozturk. Multi-component deconvolution interferometry for data-driven prediction of seismic structural response. Engineering Structures 2021, 241: 112405.
  • Gullu, A., Yuksel, E., Yalcin, C., & Buyukozturk, O. Damping effect on seismic input energy and its verification by shake table tests. Advances in Structural Engineering 2021, 24(12), 2669-2683.
  • Yalçın, C., Dindar, A. A., Yüksel, E., Özkaynak, H., & Büyüköztürk, O. Seismic design of RC frame structures based on energy-balance method. Engineering Structures 2021, 237, 112220.
  • K. Kupwade-Patil, P. Boul, D. Rasner, S. Lapidus, J. Leao, K.D. Johnson, C. Thaemlitz, and O. Buyukozturk.  In situ investigation of phosphonate retarder interaction in oil well cements at elevated temperature and pressure conditions. Journal of the American Ceramic Society 2020, 103(11): 6400-6413.
  • K. Kupwade-Patil, A. Bumajdad, K.C. Littrell, O. Buyukozturk. In situ examination of engineered local additives in cement paste via neutron based scattering techniques. Construction Building and Materials, 2020; 243: 118175.
  • J. Long and O. Buyukozturk. Collaborative duty cycling strategies in energy harvesting sensor networks. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, 2020, 35(6): 534-548.
  • K. Kupwade-Patil, P. Boul, D. Rasner, M. Everett, T. Proffen, K. Page, D. Ma, D. Olds, C. Thaemlitz, O. Buyukozturk, Retarder effect on Hydrating Oil Well Cements investigated using in situ Neutron/X-ray Pair Distribution Function (PDF) Analysis, Cement and Concrete Research, 2019; 126: 105920-1-13.
  • J. Long, O. Buyukozturk. A power optimised and re-programmable system for smart wireless vibration monitoring. Structural Control and Health Monitoring 2020, 27(2): e2468. 
  • M. Uzun, H. Sun, D. Smit and O. Buyukozturk. Structural identification and damage detection using Bayesian inference and seismic interferometry. Structural Control & Health Monitoring 2019, 26(11): e2445.
  • R. Zhang, Z. Chen, J. Zheng, O. Buyukozturk and H. Sun. Deep long short-term memory networks for nonlinear structural response prediction. Computers & Structures, 2019, 220: 55-68.
  • A. Gullu, Y. Ercan, C. Yalcin, A. Dindar, H. Ozkaynak and O. Buyukozturk. An improved input energy spectrum verified by the shake table tests. Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics 2019; 48(1): 27-45.
  • H. Sun, J. Al-Qazweeni, J. Parol, H. Kamal, Z. Chen and O. Buyukozturk. Computational modeling of a unique tower in Kuwait for structural health monitoring: numerical investigations. Structural Control & Health Monitoring 2019; e2317.
  • S. D. Palkovic, K. Kupwade-Patil, S. Yip, O. Buyukozturk. Random field finite element models with cohesive-frictional interactions of a hardened cement paste microstructure. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 2018; 119: 349-368.
  • J. G. Chen, Travis M. Adams, H. Sun, Erin S. Bell and O. Buyukozturk. Camera-based vibration measurement of the Portsmouth, NH WWI Memorial Bridge. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering 2018; 144(11): 04018207.
  • A. Jamsheer, K. Kupwade-Patil, A. Bumajdad, O. Buyukozturk. Analysis of Engineered Cement Paste using Silica Nanoparticles and Metakaolin using 29Si NMR, Water Adsorption and Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction. Construction and Building Materials 2018, 180(20): 698-709.
  • H. Sun and O. Buyukozturk. The MIT Green Building benchmark problem for structural health monitoring of tall buildings. Structural Control and Health Monitoring 2018, 25(3): e2115
  • Kupwade-Patil, K., Chin, S., Johnston, M., Maragh, J., Masic, A., and Buyukozturk, O. Particle size Particle Size Effect of Volcanic Ash towards developing Engineered Portland Cements. ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering 2018; 30(8): 04018190-1-14.
  • Mohammadi Ghazi R, Marzouk, Y., Büyüköztürk O. Conditional classifiers and boosted conditional Gaussian mixture model for novelty detection. Pattern Recognition 2018; 81: 601-614.
  • K. Kupwade-Patil, S. Palkovic, A.E. Bumajdad, C. Soriano, and O. Buyukozturk. Use of Silica Fume and Natural Volcanic Ash as a replacement to Portland Cement: Micro and Pore structural Investigation using NMR, XRD, FTIR and X-ray Micro Tomography. Construction and Building Materials 2018; 158, 574-590
  • K. Kupwade-Patil, C. De Wolf, S. Chin, J. Ochsendorf, A.E. Hajiah, A. Al-Mumin, and O. Büyüköztürk. Impact of Embodied Energy on materials/buildings with partial replacement of ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) by natural Pozzolanic Volcanic Ash. Journal of Cleaner Production 2018; 177: 547-554. [highlighted by MIT News, Newsweek, Inverse Innovation, etc.]
  • C. Schaefer, K. Kupwade-Patil, M. Ortega, C. Soriano, O. Buyukozturk, A. White, and M. Short. Irradiated Recycled Plastic as a Concrete Additive for Improved Chemo-mechanical Properties and Lower Carbon Footprint. Waste Management 2018; 71, 426-439. [highlighted by MIT News, Science Daily, Aggregate Research, Architect Magazine, etc.]
  • S. D. Palkovic, S. Yip, O. Buyukozturk. Constitutive response of calcium-silicate-hydrate layers under combined loading. Journal of the American Ceramic Society 2017; 100(2): 713-723.
  • S. D. Palkovic, S. Yip, O. Buyukozturk. A cohesive-frictional force field (CFFF) for colloidal calcium-silicate-hydrates. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 2017; 109: 160-177.
  • J. G. Chen, A. Davis, N. Wadhwa, F. Durand, W. T. Freeman and O. Buyukozturk. Video camera-based vibration measurement for civil infrastructure applications. ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems 2017; 23(3): B4016013. 
  • H. Sun, A. Mordret, G. A. Prieto, N. Toksoz and O. Buyukozturk. Bayesian characterization of buildings using seismic interferometry on ambient vibrations. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing 2017; 85: 468-486. [highlighted by MIT News, MIT EAPS News, Science Daily, Fox News, Science News Line Technology, Yahoo News, etc.]
  • Y.-J. Cha, J. G. Chen and O. Buyukozturk. Output-only computer vision-based damage detection using phase-based optical flow and unscented Kalman filters. Engineering Structures 2017; 132, 300-313. 
  • Y.-J. Cha, W. Choi and O. Buyukozturk. Deep learning-based crack damage detection using convolutional neural networks. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering 2017; 32(5): 361-378.
  • N. Wadhwa, J. G. Chen, J. B. Sellon, D. Wei, M. Rubinstein, R. Ghaffari, D. M. Freeman, O. Buyukozturk, P. Wang, S. Sun, S. H. Kang, K. Bertoldi, F. Durand, and W. T. Freeman. A Motion Microscope for Visualizing and Quantifying Small Motions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America – PNAS 2017, 114(44): 11639-11644
  • Y.-J. Cha, S. Mahmoudkhani and O. Büyüköztürk. Autonomous Structural Visual Inspection Using Region-Based Deep Learning for Detecting Multiple Damage Types. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering 2017,  DOI: 10.1111/mice.12334
  • A Zhou, O Buyukozturk, D Lau. Debonding of concrete-epoxy interface under the coupled effect of moisture and sustained load. Cement and Concrete Composites 2017. 80: 287-297.
  • R. Masmoudi, K. Kupwade-Patil, A. Bumajdad, O. Buyukozturk. In situ Raman Studies on Cement Paste prepared with Natural Pozzolanic Volcanic Ash and Ordinary Portland Cement. Construction and Building Materials 2017; 148:  444-454.
  • S. Palkovic, D.B. Brommer, K. Kupwade-Patil, A. Masic, M. Buehler and O. Buyukozturk. Roadmap across the mesoscale for durable and sustainable cement paste – a bioinspired approach. Construction and Building Materials 2016; 115: 13-31. [highlighted by MIT News, Science News Line Physics & Chemistry, European Coatings, etc.]
  • Dindar, C. Yalcin, E. Yuksel, H. Ozkaynak and O. Buyukozturk. Development of Earthquake Energy Demand Spectra. Earthquake Spectra 2015; 31(3): 1667-1689.
  • J. G. Chen, N. Wadhwa, Y.-J. Cha, F. Durand, W. T. Freeman and O. Buyukozturk. Modal Identification of Simple Structures with High-Speed Video using Motion Magnification. Journal of Sound and Vibration 2015; 345: 58-71. [highlighted by MIT News, MIT CEE News, Global News Connect,, etc.]
  • Lau, D., Broderick, K., Buehler, M. J., & Büyüköztürk, O. “A robust nanoscale experimental quantification of fracture energy in a bilayer material system.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 111(33), 11990-11995, 2014. [highlighted by MIT News, NSF News, Science360 News, etc.]
  • Gunes, O., Lau, D., Tuakta, C., & Büyüköztürk, O. Ductility of FRP–concrete systems: Investigations at different length scales. Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 49, Dec. 2013, pp. 915–925, 2013
  • Denvid L., O. Buyukozturk, and M. J. Buehler, “Characterization of the intrinsic strength between epoxy and silica using a multiscale approach”, Journal of Materials Research 27(14): 1787-1796, 2012
  • Buyukozturk, O., Buehler, M.J., Lau, D. and Tuakta, C., “Structural Solution Using Molecular Dynamics: Fundamentals and a Case Study of Epoxy-Silica Interface”, International Journal of Solids and Structures 48 (14-15): 2131-2140, 2011 
  • Tuakta, C. and Buyukozturk, O., “Conceptual Model for Prediction of FRP/Concrete Bond Strength under Moisture Cycles”, Journal of Composites for Construction 15 (5): 743-756. 2011
  • O. Buyukozturk and T.-Y. Yu, “Far-field Radar NDT Technique for Detecting GFRP Debonding from Concrete,” International Journal of Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 23, pp.1678-1689, 2009.
  • O. Gunes, O. Buyukozturk, E. Karaca, “A Fracture-based Model for FRP Debonding in Strengthened Beams”, Engineering Fracture Mechanics 76 (12), 1897-1909, 2009
  • O. Buyukozturk, C. Tuakta, D. Lau, “Durability of Cementitious Materials and Multi-material Systems,” Journal of Concrete Society, No. 89, pp. 64-75, September/October 2008.
  • T.-Y. Yu and O. Buyukozturk, “A Far-field Airborne Radar NDT Technique for Debonding and Rebar Detection in GFRP-retrofitted Concrete Structures,” NDT&E International, Vol. 41, pp.10-24, 2008.
  • Au, C. and Buyukozturk, O., “Peel and Shear Fracture Characterization of Debonding in FRP Plated Concrete Affected by Moisture.” Journal of Composites for Construction, ASCE, Vol.10, No.1, pp. 35-47, 2006.
  • Au, C. and Buyukozturk, O., “Debonding of FRP Plated Concrete: A Tri-layer Fracture Treatment.” International Journal of Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol.73, pp.348-365, 2006.
  • Buyukozturk, O., Gunes O., and Karaca, E., “Progress in Understanding Debonding Problems in Reinforced Concrete and Steel Members Strengthened Using FRP Composites”, International Journal of Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 18, No.1, pp. 9-19, 2004.
  • Rhim, H. C. and Buyukozturk, O., “Wideband microwave imaging of concrete for nondestructive testing,” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 126, No. 12, pp. 1451-1457, 2000.
  • O. Buyukozturk, and B. Hearing. (1998). Failure behavior of precracked concrete beams retrofitted with FRP. Journal of Composites for Construction; 2(3), 138-144.
  • Rhim, H. C. and Buyukozturk, O., “Electromagnetic Properties of Concrete at Microwave Frequency Range,” ACI Materials Journal, Vol. 95, No. 3, pp. 262-271, 1998.
  • Buyukozturk, O., “Imaging of Concrete Structures,” NDT & E International, Vol. 31, No. 4, pp. 233-243. 1998
  • Buyukozturk, O., and Rhim, H.C., “Radar Imaging of Concrete Specimens for Nondestructive Testing,” Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 195-198, 1997.
  • Chen, E.S., and Buyukozturk, O., “Thermomechanical Behavior and Design of Refractory Linings, for Slagging Gasifiers,” American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Vol. 64, No. 7, pp. 988-994, 1985.
  • Buyukozturk, O. and Tseng, T. M., “Thermomechanical Behavior of Refractory Concrete Linings,” Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Vol. 65, No. 6, pp. 301-307, 1982.
  • Buyukozturk, O., “Nonlinear Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Structures,” Journal of Computers and Structures, Vol. 7, pp. 149-156, 1977
  • Buyukozturk, O. and Nilson, A.H., “Deformation and Fracture of a Particulate Composite,” Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, ASCE, Vol, 98, No. EM-3, pp. 581-593, 1972
  • Buyukozturk, O., Nilson, A.H. and Slate, F.O., “Stress-Strain Response and Fracture of a Concrete Model in Biaxial Loading,” Journal of the American Concrete Institute, Vol. 68, No. 8, pp. 590-599, 1971.

For the full list of publications, please visit Professor Buyukozturk’s research website.