Engin AKTAŞ, Ph. D. 

Associate Professor

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Department of Civil Engineering

İzmir Institute of Technology


Gülbahçe Campus

URLA 35430 İzmir  - Turkey  


Tel: +90(232) 750 6809

Fax:+90(232) 750 6355

E-mail: enginaktas@iyte.edu.tr  

Web: http://www.iyte.edu.tr/~enginaktas/


Complete CV


Post-Doc.    US Naval Research Lab (NRL) Jan. 2007 – July 2008

Ph.D.           University of Pittsburgh Dec. 2001

M.S.            University of Pittsburgh Dec. 1996

B.S.             Middle East Technical University (METU) July 1993


Teaching Activities

Undergraduate Courses:

IN203 – Statistics for Engineers (in Turkish) (Fall05)

IN326 – Civil Engineering Systems Analysis (Spring09, 06)

AR231 - Structures in Architecture I  (Fall15, … 10, 05, 04, 03, 02, Spring10, 09)

AR232 - Structures in Architecture II (Spring15, 14, 06, 05, 04, 03, 02)


Graduate Courses:

CE502 - Advanced Numerical Methods (Fall05, Spring05)

CE512 - Finite Element Method (Fall03)

CE515 - Theory of Matrix Structural Analysis (Spring11, 10, 09, 04, Fall10, 02)

CE518 - Earthquake Engineering (Spring03, 02)

CE536 - Reinforced Concrete Structures (Spring03)

CE541 - Structural Reliability (Spring15, 14, 11, Fall02)

EM506 - Systems Engineering and Operations Research (Spring15, …09, Fall15, … 09)


Research Activities

Research interests:

Structural Health Monitoring

Safety and Reliability in Structural Engineering

Reliability Based Cost Optimization

Reliability Based Structural Design Code Calibration

Reliability Based Assessment of Existing Structures

Historical Structures

Earthquake Engineering

Non-Destructive Evaluation Methods for Buildings

Modal Testing

Computational Mechanics 


Research Projects:


Design, Optimization and Production of Prototypes of Light-Weight and Pressure Resistant Composite Tank Materials and Systems (PI: Dr. Seçil Artem) funded by TÜBİTAK (215M182)

Optimization Driven Architectural Design of Structures - OptArch (Project Coordinator: Dr. Nikolaos D. Lagaros, National Technical University of Athens) EU Funded (H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015 – 689983) [2016 - 2020 (48 months)]



Design and Development of Production Techniques of Composite-based Leaf Spring Systems for Automotive Sector  (PI: Dr. Metin Tanoğlu) funded by Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology.

Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) Curves for Quantifying Damage Detection in Sandwich Panel Delaminations (NRL/ASEE Fellowship)

Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings: Energy Performance Assessment of IZTECH Administrative Building (Co-PI: Dr.Gülden Gökçen) funded by IZTECH BAP.

Structural Response Improvement by using MR Fluid Dampers. (PI: Dr.Gürsoy Turan) funded by DPT (2003K120690).

Determination of the Essentials for the Analyses of Historical Masonry Structures;   A Case  Study: Urla Kamanlı Mosque funded by TÜBİTAK (IÇTAG-I591).



Journal Papers

Beylergil, C., Tanoglu, M., Aktaş, E. “Enhancement of Interlaminar Fracture Toughness of Carbon Fiber/Epoxy Composites Using Polyamide 6/6 Electrospun Nanofibers” Journal of Applied Polymer Science Journal of Applied Polymer Science Vol. 134, Issue 35, 45244 (2017).

Yar, M., Korkmaz, K., Kiper, G., Maden, F, Akgün, Y., Aktaş, E. “A Novel Planar Scissor Structure Transforming Between Concave and Convex Configurations” International Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements, 5 (4): 442-450 (2017).

Beylergil, B., Tanoğlu, M., Aktaş, E. Modification of Carbon Fiber/Epoxy Composites By Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) Based Electrospun NanofibersAdvanced Composites Letters 25(3):69-76 · July 2016.

Maden F., Aktaş, E., Korkmaz, K.A Novel Transformable Structural Mechanism for Doubly-Ruled Hypar SurfacesASME Journal of Mechanical Design Vol. 137, No. 3, 14 pages,  2015. DOI:10.1115/1.4029231.

Teomete, E., Tayfur, G., Aktaş, E. (2012). Estimation of Mechanical Properties of Limestone Using Regression Analyses and ANN. Cement Wapno Beton Vol. 17 No.6, 373-389, Nov-Dec 2012.

Nichols, J.M., Seaver, M., Trickey, S.T., Scandell, K., Salvino, L.W., Aktaş, E. “Real-time Strain Monitoring of a Navy Vessel During Open Water TransitJournal of Ship Research,Vol.54, No. 4, 225-230, December 2010.

Teomete, E., Aktaş, E. Structural Analyses and Assessment of Historical Kamanlı Mosque in İzmir, TurkeyJournal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, Vol. 24, No. 4, 353-364, August 2010. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)CF.1943-5509.0000111.

Seaver, M., Aktaş, E., Trickey, S.T. “Quantitative Detection of Low Energy Impact Damage in a Sandwich Composite WingJournal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Vol. 21, Issue 3,  297-308, February 2010. doi:10.1177/1045389X09347020.

Aktaş, E., Seaver, M., Nichols, J.M., Trickey, S.T., Davis, W.R. “The Influence of Low Energy Impacts on the Static and Dynamic Response of a Foam Core Composite Wing   Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Vol. 20, Issue 11, 1351-1361, July 2009. doi:10.1177/1045389X08095184.

Korkmaz, A., Aktaş, E. “Probability Based Seismic Analysis of R/C Frame Structures”, Journal of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of Gazi University, Vol. 21, No. 1, 55-64, 2006. (in Turkish)

Aktas, E., Moses, F., Ghosn, M., “Cost and Safety Optimization of Structural Design Specifications, Journal of Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Vol.73, 205-212, 2001. doi:10.1016/S0951-8320(01)00046-1   

Aktas, E., Moses, F., “Reduced Basis Eigenvalue Solutions for Damaged Structures”, Mechanics of Structures and Machines, Vol.26, No.1, 63-79, February 1998.  doi:10.1080/08905459808945420.


Conference Papers

Karimzada, N.A., Aktaş, E. “Performance-Based Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete Frame Buildings: A Direct Displacement Based Approach” 12th International Advances in Civil Engineering 21-23 September 2016, İstanbul, Turkey.

Beylergil, B., Aktaş, E., Tanoğlu, M., Artem, H. S. “Optimal design of compressed hydrogen storage vessels using multi-objective genetic algorithm” The 1st International Conference on Materials Design and Applications 2016 (MDA 2016), Porto, Portugal.

Kutlukaya, O., Aktaş, E, Castiglioni, C.A., Kanyılmaz, A. “Restoration of a Stone Masonry Residence in Çeşme, Izmir, Turkey” PROHITECH’14, 2nd International Conference on Protection of Historical Constructions, May, 7-9 2014, Antalya, Turkey.

Aktaş, E., Seaver, M., Nichols, J.M., Trickey, S.T. “Quantitative Detection of Low Energy Impact Damage in a Sandwich Composite Wing”, Proceedings of SMASIS08, ASME Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, Ellicott City, MD, October 28-30, 2008, paper 327, 13-19, 2008. doi:10.1115/SMASIS2008-327

Korkmaz, A., Aktaş, E. “Load Factor Optimisation of Turkish Seismic Design Code” CD Proceedings of the 4th ASRANet Colloquium on Integrating Structural Analysis, Reliability & Risk, Athens, Greece 25-27 June 2008.

Aktaş, E., Seaver, M., Nichols, J.M., Trickey, S.T. “Detecting Low Energy Impact Damage in a Sandwich Composite Wing”, IMAC – XXVI Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, Orlando, FL, February 4-7, 2008. CD-ROM Proceedings, paper 156, 9 pages, 2008.

Aktaş, E., Korkmaz, A. “Plastic Hinge Analysis Using Reduced Basis Approximations” International Symposium on Advances in Earthquake & Structural Engineering, October 24-26, 2007, Süleyman Demirel University, Isparta - Antalya, Turkey. 

Korkmaz, A., Aktaş, E., Kayhan, A. H. “Investigation of Nonstructural Components Behavior in Critical Facilities” International Symposium on Advances in Earthquake & Structural Engineering, October 24-26, 2007, Süleyman Demirel University, Isparta - Antalya, Turkey.

Aktaş, E., Seaver, M., Nichols, J.M., Trickey, S.T. “Detecting Delamination and Core Crushing in a Sandwich Composite Wing” Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring IWSHM07, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, September 11-13, 2007 (Fu-Kuo Chang ed.), Vol. II, pp. 1799-1807.

Bozkurt, S.B., Sezgin, F.E., Eğilmez, O.Ö., Aktaş, E., Tanoğlu, M. “Composite Sandwich Structures; Experimental Evaluation And Finite Element Analysis of Mechanical Properties” Experimental Analysis of Nano and Engineering Materials and Structures, Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics, Alexandroupolis, Greece, July 1–6, 2007. CD-ROM Proceedings, paper 301, 8 pages, 2007.

Sezgin, F.E., Tanoğlu, M., Eğilmez, O.Ö., Aktaş, E. "Mechanical Behavior of Composite Sandwich Structures", Symposium Proceedings of Polymer Composites, İzmir, Turkey, November 2006, pp. 307 – 317 (In Turkish).

Korkmaz, A., Aktaş, E., Demir, F., Sarı, A. “Earthquake Risk Assessment Profile for Izmir Region, Turkey”, Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Advances in Civil Engineering ACE 2006, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, October 11-13, 2006, ACE06-567.

Korkmaz, A., Aktaş, E. “Fragility Curves in Performance Based Design” Proceedings of the Earthquake Symposium Kocaeli 2005, Kocaeli , TURKEY, 23-25 March 2005, pp. 422-429 (In Turkish).

Teomete, E., Aktaş, E. “Structural Assessment of a Historical Masonry Structure: Urla Kamanlı Mosque”, Proceedings of  the 6th International Conference on Advances in Civil Engineering ACE 2004, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, TURKEY, 6-8 October 2004( Özturan, T., Yalçın, C., Tokmak, Y., Güngör, C. eds.), Vol. II, pp. 793-802.

Aktaş, E., “Extending Ferry-Borges Method for Combination of Time Dependent Loads with Time-invariant Modelling Uncertainties Using FORM”, 2nd ASRANet Colloquium on Integrating Structural Reliability Analysis with Advanced Structural Analysis, Barcelona, Spain 5-7 July 2004.

Aktas, E., Moses, F., Ghosn, M., “Structural Design Codes for Multiple Threats: A Reliability and Cost Optimization Approach”, Structural Safety and Reliability - Proceedings of the 8th  international conference, ICOSSAR '01, Newport Beach, CA, USA, 17-22 June 2001. (Corotis, R.B., Schuëller, G.I., and Shinozuka, M., eds.), 2001.

Aktas, E., Moses, F., Ghosn, M., “Calibration of Load Factors using Reliability Based Cost Optimization”, Proceedings of the 8th ASCE Joint Specialty Conference on Probabilistic Mechanics and Structural Reliability, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, July 24-26, 2000. CD-ROM Proceedings (Kareem, Haldar, Spencer, and Johnson, eds.), paper PMC2000-042, 6 pages, 2000.

Özhan, E., Uras, A., Aktaş, E., “Turkish Legislation Pertinent to Coastal Zone Management Issues”, 1st International Conference on the Mediterranean Coastal Environmental, pp. 333-346, Antalya Turkey, November, 1993.


Determination of the Essentials for the Analyses of Historical Masonry Structures;   A Case  Study: Urla Kamanlı Mosque(in Turkish), submitted to TUBİTAK, No: 102I065, 2004.


“Structural Design Code Calibration Using Reliability Based Cost Optimization” Ph. D. Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh, December, 2001. Advisor: Fred Moses


“Approximated Eigenvalue Solutions for Damaged Structures Using Reduced Basis Vectors” M.S. Thesis, University of Pittsburgh, December, 1996. Advisor: Fred Moses


Current Graduate Students:

İbrahim BARAN “Performance-Based Design of Steel Moment Resisting Frames” M.Sc. in Civil Engineering Program.

Nisar Ahmad KARİMZADA “Probabilistic Performance-Based Optimum Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures” – Ph. D. in Civil Engineering Program

Ruti Ruth POLITI “Project Planning and Management using Building Information Modelling (BIM)” (co advised with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Emre İLAL) – M. Sc. in Civil Engineering Program

Bertan BEYLERGİL “Toughening of carbon fiber based composites with electro-spun fabric layers” (co-advised with Prof. Dr. Metin TANOĞLU) – Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering Program

Former Graduate Students:  

Fatma Sezgi MAMAKLI (07/2016) “Identification of Vezirağa Aqueduct in İzmir as a Historical Monument” (co-advised with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mine TURAN)

Nisar Ahmad KARIMZADA (06/2015) “Performance Based Design of Reinforced Concrete Frame Structures: Direct Displacement Based Design Approach”

Nahit ÖZTOPRAK (06/2014) “Design of Composite-Based Leaf Spring Systems for Automotive Sector” (co-advised with Prof. Dr. Metin TANOĞLU).

Mert BOYLU (07/2005) “A Benefit/Cost Analysis for the Seismic Rehabilitation of Existing Reinforced Concrete Buildings in Izmir”

Egemen TEOMETE (08/2004) “Finite Element Modeling of Historical Masonry Structures; Case Study: Urla Kamanlı Mosque”


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