University of Southern California
Dr. Bora Gencturk is an Assistant Professor in the Sonny Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Southern California (USC). He obtained his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his B.S. degree from Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey). Prior to joining USC, he was an assistant professor at the University of Houston for five years (2011-2016). Dr. Gencturk’s research focuses on the durability and extreme event resilience of reinforced concrete structures with emphasis on application of high-performance materials. He specifically studies the degradation of cementitious materials due to environmental aging (e.g., alkali-silica reactivity and corrosion of reinforcing steel) and investigates the application of higher performance materials (e.g., engineered cementitious composites, and high- and ultra-high-performance concretes) to mitigate these issues. He combines his cementitious material degradation studies with structural-scale tests to investigate the impacts of (both traditional and advanced) material performance on the response of structures under extreme events (e.g., earthquakes and impact). Dr. Gencturk teaches courses on mechanical behavior of materials, structural dynamics and earthquake engineering, and probabilistic methods and structural reliability. He is a member of ASCE, the American Concrete Institute, and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.
Thursday, April 25
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Friday, April 26
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM