Erol Tutumluer, the Abel Bliss Professor, has received the IGS Award from the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) during its 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics, held in Rome in September. Tutumluer was cited “in recognition of his significant scholarly contributions made towards the use of geosynthetics in roadways, railways and airfields, including innovative quantification and sensing methods.”
The society named Tutumluer’s specific accomplishments as advances in new and innovative methods to quantify geosynthetic stabilization mechanism of transportation geomaterials; development of an innovative Bender Element field sensor for quantifying stiffness enhancement and performance improvements of geosynthetic-stabilized aggregate layers; and technology transfer and dissemination of knowledge through publications, short courses taught and keynote/invited lectures presented.
Tutumluer is an IGS council member, serving a four-year term from 2022-2026, and chair of the IGS Technical Committee on Stabilization.
He has served on the transportation engineering faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 1996. He holds a B.S. (Bogazici University 1989), two M.S. degrees (Duke University 1991 and Georgia Tech 1993), and a Ph.D. (Georgia Tech 1995), all in civil engineering.
“I wish to sincerely thank IGS for this recognition,” Tutumluer said. “I would also like to extend my appreciation to my nominator and good colleague Professor Jorge Zornberg for the encouragement and support.”