B.S. ​Istanbul Technical University, 2005M.S. ​Texas A&M University, 2007Ph.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."

Osman Eser Ozbulut, Assistant Professor

Osman Ozbulut is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia. Prior to joining at the University of Virginia, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Texas Transportation Institute. 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. He actively contributes to the efforts of Dynamics of Civil Structures Technical Division of SEM and Seismic Effect Committee of ASCE Structural Engineering Institute.


  • International Young Scientist Fellowship, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) 2016
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, Texas Transportation Institute 2011
  • Zachry Endowed Fellowship, Texas A&M University 2009
  • Department Head Fellowship, Texas A&M University 2007

Research Interests

  • Smart Buildings/Cities
  • Materials Characterization
  • Structures and Mechanics (Sustainable Infrastructure Systems)
  • Advanced materials for transportation applications

Selected Publications

  • “Acoustic emission analysis of cyclically loaded SMA fiber reinforced mortar beams.” Cement and Concrete Research, 95, 178-187. Sherif, M., Ozbulut, O. E., and Tanks, J. (2017)
  • “Bond-slip behavior of superelastic shape memory alloys for near-surface-mounted strengthening applications.” Smart Materials and Structures, 26(3), 035020,1-11 Daghash, S., and Ozbulut, O. E. (2017)
  • “Characterization of superelastic shape memory alloy fiber-reinforced polymer composites under tensile cyclic loading.” Materials & Design, 111, 504-512 Daghash, S., and Ozbulut, O. E. (2016).
  • “Seismic collapse evaluation of steel moment resisting frames with superelastic viscous damper.” Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 126, 26-36 Silwal, B., and Ozbulut, O. E., and Michael, R. J. (2016).
  • “A superelastic viscous damper for enhanced seismic performance of steel frame structures.” Engineering Structures, 105, 152-164 Silwal, B., Michael, R. J., and Ozbulut, O. E. (2015).
  • “Shape memory alloy cables for structural applications.” ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 04015176 Ozbulut, O. E., Daghash, S., and Sherif, M. (2015).

Courses Taught

  • CE 3300 Structural Mechanics
  • CE 7340 Dynamics of Structures
  • CE 6360 Smart Structures
  • CVEN 305 Mechanics of Materials (Texas A&M University)

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.