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Can Aktas
Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator for Sustainability Studies
Tagliatela College of Engineering
Mechanical, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Buckman Hall

    Can B. Aktas completed his Ph.D. in Sustainability and Green Design under the Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He has worked on multiple projects on the sustainability of the built environment. His expertise is on the following topics:

    • Environmental life cycle assessment
    • Sustainable engineering
    • Life cycle management of the built environment,
    • Models to predict lifetime of buildings and building products
    • Strategies to decrease environmental footprint of products by designing for lifetime
    • Net-zero energy building
    • Designing and implementing small-scale energy generation systems to the built environment
    • Carbon footprinting
Academic Credentials


    Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
    M.S. in Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
    B.S. in Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
    LEED Green Associate

    Awards and Honors

    Best Poster Award, IEEE-International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST), May 2010, Arlington, VA

    ACE and Pinnacle award for “Innovation in Green Composites Technology”category for BRP Green Wall Panel, Composites 2010 Convention, February 2010, Las Vegas.

    2009 Mascaro Student Community Outreach Competition Award Winner, “Greening the Greenhouse”

    Selected Publications

    Aktas, C.B., Ryan, K.C., Sweriduk, M.E., and Bilec, M.M. (2012). “Critical Success Factors to Limit Constructability Issues on a Net-Zero Energy Home.” Journal of Green Building, 7(4)

    Aktas, C.B., and Bilec, M.M. (2012). “Impact of Lifetime on U.S. residential building LCA Results.” The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 17(3): 337-349.

    Aktas, C.B., and Bilec, M.M. (2012). “Service Life Prediction of Residential Interior Finishes for Life Cycle Assessment.” The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 17(3): 362-371.

    Aktas, C.B., and Bilec, M.M. “Strategies to Reduce Disparity between Design and Service Lifetimes of Building Products”, 4 th Annual Sustainable Enterprises of the Future International Conference, April 2012, Pittsburgh.

    Mutnuri, B., Aktas, C., Marriott, J., Bilec, M., and Gangarao, H., “Natural Fiber Reinforced Pultruded Composites”, Composites 2010, American Composites Manufacturers Association, February 2010, Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Aktas, C.B., Bilec, M.M. “Addressing Uncertainty Associated with Lifetime in Building LCA.” Proceedings of The Symposium on Industrial Ecology for Young Professionals (SIEYP). June 11, 2011, Berkeley, CA.

    Aktas, C.B., and Bilec, M.M. “Impact of Lifetime Data on Life Cycle Assessment Results: Focus on Residential Buildings and Building Products.” Proceedings of the 6 th International ISIE Conference. June 7-10, 2011, Berkeley, CA.

    Aktas, C.B., Collinge, B., Ostermann, K., Rajagopalan, N., Rothermel, M., Soratana, K., Thiel, C., and Xue, X. “Greening the Greenhouse.” Proceedings of the Engineering Sustainability 2011. April 10-12, 2011, Pittsburgh, PA.

    Aktas, C.B., Bilec, M.M., Marriott, J., Landis, A.E., and Mutnuri, B.  “Life Cycle Energy Consumption of Pultruded Flax Fiber Composites.” Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology.  May 17-19, 2010, Washington, DC. 

    Courses Taught

    • EAS211 - Introduction to Modeling of Engineering Systems
    • EAS300 - Global Solutions to Sustainability
    • EAS345 - Applied Engineering Statistics