Biography

Dr. Ahmet H. Aydilek is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland-College Park.  He received a B.Sc. from Istanbul Technical University in 1993, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996 and 2000, respectively.  Dr. Aydilek is actively involved in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering research with a focus on flow through porous geomedia, remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater, and  image-based techniques to characterize geomaterials.  He has directed or co-directed several research and consulting projects for industry and government, and co-authored over 150 technical publications in  geoengineering.

Dr. Aydilek’s research has experimental as well as numerical components.  His current research interests are in the area of sustainability in geotechnical infrastructure design, studying the mechanical, hydraulic, and environmental behavior of industrial by-products and soft soils for their possible reuse in highway construction, and development of design methodologies with various highway materials.

Dr. Aydilek’s contributions to geotechnical, geoenvironmental and geosynthetics engineering have been recognized by the Walter Huber Prize (2011), Arthur M. Wellington Prize (2009), Arthur Casagrande Award, and Collingwood Prize (2006) from the American Society of Civil Engineers, Honorable Mention Award (2013), and IGS Award (2006) from the International Geosynthetics Society,  International Outstanding Achievement Award (2003) from the Industrial Fabrics Association International, Engineering Achievement Award(2002) from the American Society of Civil Engineers-Wisconsin Section, and Severson Geotechnical Engineering Award (2000) from the University of Wisconsin.  Dr. Aydilek teaches courses in geotechnical engineering and received the ExCEED Teaching Award (2006) from the American Society of Civil Engineers, Outstanding Civil Engineering Educator Award (2004) from the American Society of Civil Engineers Maryland Section, and Lilly-Teaching of Excellence Fellowship (2002-2003) from the University of Maryland. Dr. Aydilek currently serves as an Associate Editor of Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (ASCE), and Editorial Board Member of Geosynthetics International(IGS).