Bio of Prof. Erol Tutumluer

photo-tutumluerProf. Erol Tutumluer, Ph.D., Technical Committee Member of IICTG

Paul F. Kent Endowed Faculty Scholar/Director of International Programs, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Address: 205 N. Mathews, Urbana, IL 61801

Phone: +1 217-333-8637


Dr. Erol Tutumluer is a Professor specializing in Transportation Geotechnics in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

Professor Tutumluer holds Paul F. Kent Endowed Faculty Scholar and serves as the Director of International Programs. Dr. Tutumluer has research interests and expertise in characterization of pavement and railroad track geomaterials, i.e., subgrade soils and base/ballast unbound aggregates, modeling granular foundation systems using innovative techniques, sustainable use of foundation geomaterials and construction practices for transportation infrastructure, discrete element analysis of ballast, dynamic response measurement and analyses of track systems, and mechanistic analysis and design.

Dr. Tutumluer has served as an investigator on over 65 research projects with grants received from Federal agencies including FHWA, FAA, FRA, US Army Corps of Engineers, NCHRP, NEXTRANS and NURAIL University Transportation Centers, and NSF; state agencies including numerous single grants from Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina and Minnesota DOTs and pool-funded research contributions from 5 other state DOTs; and private/industry including Illinois Tollway, Association of American Railroads, BNSF Railway, and Union Pacific Railroad.

Dr. Tutumluer has graduated 16 PhD and 32 MS students, and authored/co-authored over 250 peer reviewed publications from his research projects. Dr. Tutumluer is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the new Transportation Geotechnics Elsevier journal and he is the Chair of the ISSMGE Technical Committee 202 on Transportation Geotechnics.

He is a member of the AREMA Committee 1 on Ballast. Dr. Tutumluer served as the Chair of the ASCE Geo-Institute’s Pavements Committee in 2006-2012. Dr. Tutumluer is an active affiliate of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and serves as the Chair of TRB’s AFP00 Geological and Geoenvironmental Engineering Section. He served as the Chair of TRB’s AFP70 Aggregates Committee in 2011-2016 and he is a member of the AFS70 Geosynthetics Committee. Dr. Tutumluer was the 2000 recipient of the TRB’s Fred Burgraff award for Excellence in Transportation Research; he also received TRB’s Geology and Earth Materials Section Best Paper Awards in 2009 and 2012.