Ece Erdogmus

Ece Erdogmus, PhD, PE

Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering, Program Coordinator
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, Architectural Engineering, 2004
  • M.S., Pennsylvania State University, Architectural Engineering, 2001
  • B.S., Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey), Department of Architecture, 1999
Areas of Research and Professional Interest
  • Historic Mortars and Fiber reinforced repair mortars for masonry applications
  • Assessment of existing and historical structures using nondestructive evaluation techniques.
  • Rehabilitation, strengthening of existing and masonry structures in poor condition, and reconstruction of collapsed ancient structures using compatible advanced materials and advanced techniques.
  • Material research on the optimization cementitious mixtures and prediction of resulting characteristics.
  • Behavior and Design of Buried Concrete Pipes.
Other Expertise:
  • Structural Vibrations
  • Modeling and Rating of Masonry Arch Bridges

About Ece Erdogmus

Dr. Ece Erdogmus received her Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. She received her M.S. degree from the same institution, and her bachelor's degree from the Department of Architecture at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. Her main research interest is assessment and rehabilitation of historic masonry: use of fiber reinforced polymers and mortars for rehabilitation, assessment of historical masonry construction using non-destructive testing techniques, and analysis of historic masonry structures using experimentally validated finite element modeling.

She has established a portable nondestructive testing laboratory and in-house expertise on the nondestructive testing of existing structures (ex: experimental modal analysis and impact echo, flat-jack testing, and ground penetrating radar). She has several international collaborations and projects in the field, which also provides international internship opportunities to the UNL students (ex: Reconstruction of an Ancient Roman Temple in southern Turkey.


Dr. Erdogmus also teaches the on-the-road Global Experiences in Architectural Engineering course in conjunction with the UNL’s engineering Study Abroad in Italy program. She has received the 2007 Architectural Engineering Teaching Award and the 2006 Henry Y. Kleinkauf Family Distinguished New Faculty Teaching Award for achievements in teaching. She also has several current research grants from external sponsors including National Science Foundation (NSF), National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) and Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR). She is a member of various professional organizations, including Architectural Engineering Institute, the Masonry Society, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Society for Experimental Mechanics. She is currently serving as an associate editor for the Masonry Society Journal.


Experience

  • Vvisiting Senior Structural Engineer, Leo A Daly, August 2012- May 2013 (On sabbatical) 
  • Associate Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Engineering, Architectural Engineering (Omaha Campus), 2010-Present
  • Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Engineering, Architectural Engineering (Omaha Campus), 2004-2010
  • Visiting structural engineer at Leo A Daly Architectural Engineering Company, Omaha office, May-June 2005.
  • Research Assistant, Pennsylvania State University, College of Engineering, Architectural Engineering, 1999-2004
Service:
  • Editor-in-Chief, ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering, http://ascelibrary.org/journal/jaeied
  • Member of the TMS402/602 Code committee and TMS Existing Masonry Committee 
  • Reviewer, NSF panels for the following divisions: Dynamic Systems
  • Reviewer for several professional journals: Structural Engineering, Bridge Engineering, Materials and Structures, Architectural Engineering Journals, Structures and Buildings
  • UNL Architectural Engineering Program Curriculum Committee
  • UNL Architectural Engineering ABET Committee 
Language Skills:

  • Turkish: Fluent (Native Language)
  • English: Fluent
  • Italian: Near-fluent
  • German: Basic

Honors and Awards

  • 2010, Architectural Engineering Mentoring Award, Architectural Engineering Student Leadership and Advisory Committee, In recognition of outstanding mentoring of Architectural Engineering students
  • 2007, Architectural Engineering Teaching Award, Architectural Engineering Student Leadership and Advisory Committee, In recognition of outstanding teaching of Architectural Engineering Students
  • 2006, Henry Y. Kleinkauf Family Distinguished New Faculty Teaching Award, Henry Y. Kleinkauf Family, College of Engineering, for achievements in teaching
  • 2004-2003, Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching Award, Pennsylvania State University, An award that recognizes and rewards the graduate assistants for outstanding teaching performance.
  • 2004-2001, Weiss Scholarship, William L. and Josephine B. Weiss, Pennsylvania State University, The prestigious and competitive - Weiss Graduate Scholars Program brings together selected doctoral candidates from the College of Engineering and the College of the Liberal Arts to exchange ideas that are beyond the boundaries of their individual discipli ne
  • 2004-2001, Dean's Fellowship, Pennsylvania State University, College of Engineering

Funding

  • Nebraska Department of Roads, "Continuous Long-Term Health Monitoring Using Ultrasonic Wave Propagation", Amount: $58,769. Dates: 07/01/2014- 09/30/2016. PI: Erdogmus
  • National Science Foundation, "Resilient and Sustainable Engineered Fiber-Reinforced Earthen Masonry for High Wind Regions". Amount $90,053. Dates: 09/01/2011-12/31/2015. PI: Erdogmus 
  • National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), National Park Service. "Sustainable Fiber Reinforced Mortar (FRM) Mixtures for the Preservation of Unreinforced Masonry Architectural Heritage". Amount: $49,771. Dates: 06/01/2008 - 06/30/2009. PI: Ece Erdogmus
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Layman Award. "Research on Organic Fiber-Reinforced Mortar Mixtures for the Reconstruction of Ancient Masonry Structures". Amount: $10,000. Dates: 06/01/2007 - 05/31/2008. PI: Ece Erdogmus
  • National Science Foundation (NSF). "Interdisciplinary Studies on an Ancient Roman Temple". Amount: $122, 471. Dates: 09/16/2006 - 08/31/2009. PI: Ece Erdogmus, Co-PI: Michael Hoff.
  • Nebraska Department of Roads and City of Lincoln. "Behavior and Design of Concrete Pipe- Phase II". Amount: $153,783. Dates: 07/01/2006 to 06/30/2008. PI: Ece Erdogmus, Co-PI: Maher Tadros.
  • Nebraska Department of Roads. "Use of Ground Penetrating Radar for Construction Quality Assurance of Concrete Pavement". Amount: $28,667. Dates: 07/01/2007- 06/30/2008. PI: George Morcous, Co-PI: Ece Erdogmus
  • Nebraska Department of Roads: Behavior and Design of Concrete Pipes, $54,166, from 2005 to 2006

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:
Erdogmus, E. (2015). “Use of Fiber-Reinforced Cements in Masonry Construction and Structural Rehabilitation,” Fibers Journal, 2015, 3, 41-63; doi:10.3390/fib3010041, *(Invited Feature Paper).

Sorensen, A.*  and Erdogmus, E. (2013) “Horizontal Support Displacement of a Thin-Tile Masonry Dome: Experiments and Analysis”, Published Online Ahead of Print, ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CF.1943-5509.0000495.

Sorensen, A.* and Erdogmus, E. (2011). “Study of Tile Layer Contribution of a Thin-Tile Masonry Dome”, The Masonry Society Journal, Vol. 29, No. 1, December 2011, pp.63-74.

Armwood, C.K.*, Erdogmus, E. and Haider, H. (2011). “Effect of Fibers on the Flexural Strength of Masonry Mortars,” The Masonry Society Journal, Vol. 29, No. 1, December 2011, pp. 19-32.  

Radik, M*, Erdogmus, E., Schafer, T1. (2011). “Strengthening of Two-way reinforced concrete floor slabs using polypropylene fiber reinforcement,” ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Volume 23, Number 5, pp. 562-571, May 2011.

Morcous, G., and Erdogmus, E. (2010). “Accuracy of Ground-Penetrating Radar for Concrete Pavement Thickness Measurement,” ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE, 24 (6), November/December 2010.

Skourup, B. N.*, and Erdogmus, E. (2010). “Mechanical Characteristics of PVA Fiber-Reinforced PCL Mortars for Masonry Applications” ACI Materials Journal, Vol. 107, January- February 2010, No. 1., pp 1- 9, ACI publications.

Erdogmus, E., Skourup, B. N. *, Tadros, M. K. (2010). “Recommendations for design of Reinforced Concrete Pipe,” ASCE Journal of Pipeline Systems and Engineering, Inaugural Issue, Vol. 1., No. 1, pp. 25-32. February 2010. 

Maximos, H.*, Erdogmus, E., Tadros, M. K (2010). “Fatigue Evaluation of Reinforced Concrete Box Culverts, ACI Structural Journal, Vol. 107 No. 01, pp. 13-20, January-February 2010. 

Sorensen, A.* and Erdogmus, E. (2010). “Study of System-Component Interactions in a Thin-Tile Masonry Dome,” the Masonry Society Journal, V.28, No 1, January 2010, pp. 53-67.

Erdogmus, E. (2008). “Timbrel domes of Guastavino: Nondestructive Assessments on a Half-Scale Model,” International Journal of Architectural Heritage, 2(4), 330-352, Taylor and Francis Group, LLC, Philadelphia, PA.

Erdogmus, E., Boothby, T.E. (2007) “Structural Appraisal of the Florentine Gothic Construction System,” the Architectural Engineering Journal, ASCE, 13(1), 9-17. (Awarded best AEI Journal article in 2008).

Boothby, T. E., Yurianto, Y., Erdogmus, E. (2005), “Experimental Replication of Masonry Arch Bridge Spandrel Wall Collapse, The Masonry Society Journal,” 23(1).

Erdogmus, E. and Boothby, T.E. (2004) “Strength of Spandrel Walls in Masonry Arch Bridges,” Transportation Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1892, 47-55. Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, D.C. 

Thesis/Dissertations:

Erdogmus, E., Structural Appraisal of the Florentine Gothic Construction System, Ph.D. Thesis, Aug 2004.

Erdogmus, E., Influence of Heavy Axles on Filled Arch Railroad Bridges, M.S. Thesis, May 2001.

Conference Proceedings:

(Last 3 years only) 

Erdogmus, E., Fickle, K.*, Kousgaard, A.*, Freedland, J. (2015). “Assessment and Preservation of Ancient Roman Marble Blocks,” Proceedings of the 12th North American Masonry Conference (12NAMC), The Masonry Society, May 2015, Denver, Colorado.

Erdogmus, E., Garcia, E.* (2015). “Influence of Stabilizers on the Compressive Strength of Compressed Stabilized Earth Block Masonry,” Proceedings of the 12th North American Masonry Conference (12NAMC), The Masonry Society, May 2015, Denver, Colorado.

Erdogmus, E., Kousgard, A.*, Can, B., Hoff, M. (2015). “Interdisciplinary Investigations on a Roman-Era Colonnaded Street,” Proceedings of the 12th North American Masonry Conference (12NAMC), The Masonry Society, May 2015, Denver, Colorado.

Erdogmus, E., Wagner, B.*, Rohe, L.*, Garcia, E.*, Schwer, A., Matta, F., Obonyo, E., (2015). “Design of Compressed Stabilized Earthen Wall Systems for High-Wind Resistant Residential Unit Construction,” Proceedings of the 2015 Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) Conference, March 2015, Milwaukee

Kousgaard, A.*, Erdogmus, E. (2015). “State-of-the-Art Review on the Resilience of Existing Masonry Wall Buildings against Progressive Collapse,” Proceedings of the 2015 Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) Conference, March 2015, Milwaukee.

Donkor, P., Obonyo, E, Matta, F., and Erdogmus, E. (2014). “Effect of Polypropylene Fiber Length on the Flexural and Compressive Strength of Compressed Stabilized Earth Blocks” Proceedings of the 2014 Construction Research Congress, Atlanta Georgia, May 19-21, 2014.

Wagner, B., Erdogmus, E., Schwer, A. (2013). “Affordable, Sustainable, and Resilient Tornado Shelter Design Using Compressed Stabilized Earth Block Construction,” Proceedings of the SEMC 2013: The fifth international conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation, 2-4 September 2013, Cape Town, South Africa.

Kousgaard, A. and Erdogmus, E, (2013). “Externally Applied Retrofit System for Existing Masonry Buildings Subject to Progressive Collapse,” proceedings of the SEMC 2013: The fifth international conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation, 2-4 September 2013, Cape Town, South Africa.

Cuéllar Azcárate, M.C., F. Matta, E. Erdogmus, and E. Obonyo (2013), “Earth Blocks with Recycled Plastic Reinforcement for Damage Tolerance against Flying Debris from Extreme Winds,” Proc. 7th International Conference on Architecture and Construction with Earthen Materials (Earth USA 2013), October 4-6, 2013, Santa Fe, NM, 7 p.

Cuéllar Azcárate, M.C., F. Matta, E. Erdogmus, and E. Obonyo (2013), “Stabilized Earthen Masonry with Recycled Plastic Reinforcement for Affordable Dwellings in Extreme Wind Regions,” Abstract and Presentation. ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference – Mechanics for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure (EMI 2013), August 7, 2013, Evanston, IL.

Erdogmus, E., A. Schwer, B. Wagner and E. Garcia, L. Rohe, F. Matta, and E. Obonyo, “The Compressive Strength of Stabilized and Fiber Reinforced Earthen Mortars: Challenges in Compression Testing, Curing, and Test Result Consistency,” Abstract and Presentation. ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference – Mechanics for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure (EMI 2013), August 7, 2013, Evanston, IL.

Erdogmus, E., Freedland, J., Jording, A., Kousgaard, A., Buckley C.M. (2013). “Material Condition and Deterioration Assessment Program for a 3rd Century Roman Temple,” Proceedings AEI 2013 conference. Selected Best Paper of the conference.