Tutumluer receives 2024 ASCE Francis C. Turner Award


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Erol Tutumluer, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Abel Bliss Professor in Engineering and Illinois Center for Transportation Geotechnics lead, has been honored with the 2024 Francis C. Turner Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Transportation and Development Institute.

The award acknowledges Tutumluer’s significant contributions to transportation engineering, particularly through the application of geotechnical engineering and geomechanics principles.

Tutumluer’s research in sustainable transportation infrastructure systems utilizes advanced materials characterization, smart sensing and modeling techniques that have significantly influenced the analyses and designs of pavements and railroad tracks.

His work has not only contributed to academic knowledge, but also influenced practical and sustainable applications in transportation engineering, earning him recognition within the professional community, including the ASCE T&DI James Laurie Prize and the ASCE Geo-Institute’s Carl L. Monismith Lecture Award.

“It is a profound honor to be bestowed with the esteemed ASCE award named in honor of Francis C. Turner, Hon.M.ASCE, the former Chief Engineer of the Bureau of Public Roads and retired Federal Highway Administrator,” Tutumluer said.

“I am genuinely delighted that ASCE T&DI has acknowledged my career contributions to the advancement of the transportation geotechnics field and its pivotal role in transportation engineering practice through this prestigious award.”

ASCE will present the award to Tutumluer during the International Conference on Transportation and Development in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 17, 2024.

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This story was published February 5, 2024.