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Sez Atamturktur

Harry and Arlene Schell Professor and Head of the Department of Architectural Engineering


  • Architectural Engineering

104 Engineering Unit A


Google Scholar Profile

Research Areas:

Building Structural Systems

Interest Areas:

Infrastructure System and Model Validation and Uncertainty Quantification




  • BS, Orta Dogu Teknik Universitesi, 2002
  • BS Minor, Civil Engineering, Orta Dogu Teknik Universitesi, 2002
  • MS, Architectural Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2006
  • Ph D, Civil Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2009


Journal Articles

  • S. Bi, S. Prabhu, S. Cogan and Sez Atamturktur, 2017, "Uncertainty Quantification Metrics with Varying Statistical Information in Model Calibration and Validation", AIAA Journal, 55, (10), pp. 3570-3583
  • G. Stevens, Sez Atamturktur, R. Lebsensohn and G. Kaschner, 2016, "Experiment-Based Validation and Uncertainty Quantification of Coupled Multi-scale Plasticity Models", Multidiscipline Modeling in Materials and Structures, 12, (1), pp. 151-176
  • Sez Atamturktur, J. Hegenderfer, B. Williams, M. Egeberg and C. Unal, 2015, "A Resource Allocation Framework for Experiment-Based Validation of Numerical Models", Journal of Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, 22, (8), pp. 641-654
  • K. Van Buren, M. Mollineaux, F. Hemez and Sez Atamturktur, 2013, "Simulating the Dynamics of Wind Turbine Blades: Part II, Model Validation & Uncertainty Qualification", Wind Energy, 16, (5), pp. 741-758
  • Sez Atamturktur, F. Hemez and J. Laman, 2012, "Verification and Validation Applied to Finite Element Model of Historic Masonry Monuments", Engineering Structures, 43, pp. 221-234
  • C. Unal, B. William s, F. Hemez, Sez Atamturktur and P. McClure, 2011, "Improved Best Estimate Plus Uncertainty Methodology, Including Advanced Validation Concepts, to License Evolving Nuclear Reactors", Nuclear Engineering and Design, 241, (5), pp. 1813-1833


  • G. Stevens and Sez Atamturktur, 2017, "Mitigating Error and Uncertainty in Partitioned Analysis: A Review of Verification, Calibration and Validation Methods for Coupled Simulations", Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering, 24, (3), pp. 557-571

Research Projects

  •  2017 -  2022, "Clemson University: Learning Teams and Innovation Ventures for Adaptable Training in Engineering (CULTIVATE)," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  •  2016 -  2021, "Preparing Resilient and Operationally Adaptive Communities through an Interdisciplinary, Venture-Based Education (PROACTIVE)," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  •  2016 -  2021, "Transforming the Institution Towards Gender Equity through Retention and Support," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  •  2016 -  2019, "Simulation-Based Design of Polymer Nanocomposites for Structural Applications," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Design of Engineering Material Systems).
  •  2015 -  2017, "Enabling Sustainable Water Supplies through Self-Powered Sensor-Based Monitoring," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Cyber Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering).
  •  2012 -  2016, "Transforming Robust Design Concept into a Novel Geotechnical Design Tool," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  •  2012 -  2016, "Graduate Training in Engineering and Managing Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure," (Sponsor: Department of Education, Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN)).
  •  2010 -  2014, "Predictive Maturity of Multi-Scale Simulation Models for Fuel Perfomance," (Sponsor: Department of Energy, Nuclear Energy University Programs).
  •  2010 -  2014, "Real Time Measurement of Scour Depths around Bridge Piers and Abutments," (Sponsor: South Carolina Department of Transportation).

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Department of Architectural Engineering

104 Engineering Unit A

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-6394