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Osman Ozbulut is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on applying innovative materials, sensing technologies and interdisciplinary expertise to the development of resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure systems. He is particularly interested in: (i) development of innovative structural systems and design strategies to enhance the performance and safety of structures; (ii) application of advanced materials for disaster resistant design of structures as well as repair and retrofit of deficient and aging civil infrastructure; and (iii) development and application of novel structural health monitoring techniques for civil infrastructure systems.

Dr. Ozbulut is a member of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Concrete Institute (ACI), Transportation Research Board (TRB), and Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and SPIE – International Society for Optical Engineering. Dr. Ozbulut also serves as an Associate Editor for Journal of Intelligent Material Systems & Structures.

You can visit Resilient and Advanced Infrastructure Laboratory (RAIL) website for more information.


B.S. ​Istanbul Technical University, 2005

M.S. ​Texas A&M University, 2007

Ph.D. ​​Texas A&M University, 2010

"Our group aims to formulate innovations in design, materials and sensing technologies to advance a new generation of resilient infrastructure systems."


Research Interests

Smart Buildings/Cities
Structural Dynamics and Control
Innovative Materials for Civil Infrastructure
Sustainable Infrastructure Systems

Selected Publications

“Characterization of shape memory alloy energy dissipaters for earthquake-resilient structures.” Structural Control & Health Monitoring, 28(4), e2697, 1-19 ASFAW, A., AND OZBULUT, O. E. (2021)
“Development and experimental validation of anchorage systems for shape memory alloy cables.” Engineering Structures, 228, 111611, 1-13 SHI, F., ZHOU, Y., OZBULUT, O. E., AND CAO, S. (2021)
“Exploring scalable fabrication of self-sensing cementitious composites with graphene nanoplatelets.” Smart Materials and Structures OZBULUT, O. E., JIANG, Z., AND HARRIS, D. K. (2018).
“Identification of flexural rigidity in skewed concrete slab bridges with limited structural information.” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 144(8), 04018126 BAGHERI*, A., ALIPOUR, M., OZBULUT, O. E., AND HARRIS, D. K. (2018).
“A nondestructive method for load rating of bridges without structural properties and plans.” Engineering Structures, 171, 545-556

Courses Taught

CE 3300 Structural Mechanics
CE 7340 Dynamics of Structures
CE 6360 Smart Structures
Cyber Physical Systems 4: Dynamical Systems
CVEN 305 Mechanics of Materials (Texas A&M University)


Advanced Panel Fellow, NSF CMMI’s Game Changer Academy 2022
International Young Scientist Fellowship, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) 2016
Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, Texas Transportation Institute 2011

Featured Grants & Projects

Multi-hazard resilient design of buildings with high strength and damping capacity shape memory alloy, NSF Designing structures to withstand dynamic natural hazards such as earthquakes, strong winds, and hurricanes is of primary concern for civil engineers. Recent advances in architectural forms, structural systems, and high performance materials have enabled the design of very slender and lightweight structures. These flexible structures are susceptible to high levels of vibrations under strong winds and earthquakes, which may lead to structural damage and potential failure. This research project will explore the design and characterization of high performance smart alloys in multi-hazard response mitigation systems. The use of smart alloys in a novel passive control device will provide enhanced dynamic performance of buildings under various hazards of varying magnitudes. This will lead to reductions in disaster losses and in social and economic disruptions associated with future natural hazard events. With its interdisciplinary nature, this research will be closely integrated with educational plans to foster a natural process of learning and discovery.
Cement-based Active Additive Manufacturing: A novel meso-scale multi-materials 3D printing technique for future architectural structures Additive manufacturing, also known as three-dimensional (3D) printing, of cement-based materials is considered as the next revolution in construction industry. The 3D printing of concrete eliminates the need for formwork and molds, allows the design and fabrication of complex shapes and geometric features, and enables incorporation of additional functionality into a structure. As a result, it has potential to substantially reduce construction time and labor cost, enhance safety and reliability, and minimize the environmental footprint of the industry. Several additive manufacturing techniques for cementitious composites have been developed. However, research on the 3D concrete printing is still in its infancy and requires innovative approaches that will introduce a paradigm shift in infrastructure design and construction.This project will explore innovative approaches for additive manufacturing of cement-based materials.