Dr. Bora Gencturk is an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Houston (UH). He obtained his B.S. degree from Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey) and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Gencturk’s technical interests are in the broad fields of extreme event resiliency and sustainability of civil infrastructure. In these fields, he is pursuing research in five main areas: novel materials and environmental durability, advanced structural testing and measurement, reliability analysis and probabilistic methods, life-cycle assessment (LCA) and structural optimization, and field investigations and structural assessment. He has received both young investigator awards given by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF): Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) and Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grant in Engineering (BRIGE). Dr. Gencturk was successful in translating this research funding into scholarly publications and educating students. He has produced more than 20 refereed journal papers, 3 book chapters, 5 research reports, and over 25 conference papers.


Dr. Gencturk teaches courses on structural dynamics, earthquake engineering and structural reliability.


Dr. Gencturk served as the Co-Guest Editor of two special issues, one in American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Structural Engineering, and the other one in Journal of Earthquake Engineering. He has reviewed proposals for NSF and for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. He is a member of ASCE, the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), and the Structural Engineers Association of Texas (SEAoT).


This webpage introduces my research group, current and past research, research facilities, and other information related to my academic activities.


Opportunities for Prospective Students

Teaching and research assistant positions are available. Dr. Gencturk welcomes inquires from students interested in pursuing a graduate study in Civil Engineering at the University of Houston. Preference will be given to students who are interested in a PhD degree (having an MS degree is not required).


If you are interested please contact Dr. Gencturk from the contact information provided below. Please see Department’s website for more information regarding the application and admission process:




Bora Gencturk, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

University of Houston

Dept. of Civil & Envir. Engr.

N107 Engineering Bldg 1

Houston, TX 77204-4003

Phone: (713) 743-4091

Fax: (713) 743-4260

Email: bgencturk@uh.edu