Dr. Burcu Akinci is Paul Christiano Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Associate Dean for Research at the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. She also co-directs Smart Infrastructure Institute, which conducts research on data-driven awareness about infrastructure systems, advanced information models and visualization approaches, and proactive decision support.

Dr. Akinci's research interests modeling and reasoning about information rich histories of buildings and infrastructure systems, to streamline construction, operations and management. She specifically focuses on investigating utilization and integration of building information models with data capture technologies, such as 3D imaging and embedded sensors to capture semantically-rich as-built histories of construction projects and infrastructure operations and to support proactive operations and management.

Dr. Akinci is the recipient of the Professor of the year award in 2011 from the ASCE Pittsburgh section, the CETI Outstanding Early Career Researcher award from FIATECH in 2008 and Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from ASCE in 2007. She has best paper awards from Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering in 2002, and from Construction Research Congress, ISARC and ICCCBE in 2009, 2011 and 2014 respectively.

Dr. Akinci has two patents, one provisional patent and over 50 referred journal publications and 80 conference publications. She co-edited books on CAD/GIS Integration and on Embedded Commissioning.


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