Burcu Akinci is a professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and co-director of the Pennsylvania Smarter Infrastructure Incubator at Carnegie Mellon University. She earned her B.S. in Civil Engineering (1991) from Middle East Technical University and her M.B.A. (1993) from Bilkent University at Ankara, Turkey. After that, she earned her M.S. (1995) and her Ph.D. (2000) in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a specialization in Construction Engineering and Management from Stanford University.

Her research interests include development of approaches to model and reason about information-rich histories of facilities, to streamline construction and facility management processes. She specifically focuses on investigating utilization and integration of building information models with data capture and tracking technologies, such as 3D imaging, and embedded sensors and radio-frequency identification systems to capture semantically-rich as-built histories of construction projects and facility operations.

Akinci has one patent, two patent applications, over 60 referred journal publications, and 80 refereed conference publications. She co-edited a book on CAD/GIS integration and another book on embedded commissioning. She has graduated more than 16 Ph.D. students and 15 M.S. thesis students, and is currently advising/co-advising 4 Ph.D. students.
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2000 Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University

1995 MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University

1993 MBA, Bilkent University

1991 BS, Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University

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Franchetti appointed Associate Dean for Research

Congratulations to the newly-appointed Associate Dean for Research for the College of Engineering, ECE’s Franz Franchetti. His history in serving as part of and leading research teams around the college led to his nomination and selection.

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Akinci elected to National Academy of Construction

CEE’s Burcu Akinci has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Construction (NAC).

Carnegie Bosch Institute

Engineering faculty receives CBI funding

CEE’s Burcu Akinci and Gerald Wang; CyLab’s Eunsuk Kang; ECE’s Gauri Joshi; EPP’s Alex Davis; and MechE’s Satbir Singh, and Conrad Tucker, and Ding Zhao were awarded funding from the Carnegie Bosch Institute.


Akinci named to NASEM board

CEE’s Burcu Akinci was recently named to the NASEM Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment.

CMU Engineering

Designing a National Institute for AI in Construction

Burcu Akinci and Pingbo Tang are part of a team designing the future National Institute for AI in Construction.

CMU Engineering

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Akinci elected to Engineering Research Council Board of Directors

CEE’s Burcu Akinci has been elected to become a director of the Engineering Research Council’s Board of Directors.

CMU Engineering

Manufacturing the future

CMU established the Manufacturing Futures Initiative to support manufacturing research and fund interdisciplinary projects.

Pittsburgh Business Times

Akinci and Rajkumar awarded for innovation

CEE’s Burcu Akinci and ECE’s Raj Rajkumar have been awarded for innovation by The Pittsburgh Business Times.

CMU Engineering

Professorships honor academic leaders

Through endowed professorships, the college honors and supports faculty by providing the resources they need to remain at the forefront of their fields.