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Can B. Aktas, Ph.D.

Education

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

 

About

Dr. Aktas has joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNH in Fall 2012. His educational background has been in civil engineering throughout his training. He has strong knowledge of construction materials owing to his M.S. degree concentration. He has then completed his Ph.D. in Sustainability and Green Design under the Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on the life cycle assessment methodology and life cycle management of the built environment including models to predict lifetime of buildings and building products. Other projects he has worked on during his doctoral studies include:

  • Environmental product design
  • Strategies to decrease environmental footprint of products by designing for lifetime
  • Net-zero energy building
  • Carbon footprinting
  • Repair methods for prestressed concrete girders

Since joining UNH, he has also served as the coordinator for Sustainability Studies program, which has shaped his research and teaching work. In the past few years, he has worked on numerous projects and published papers on improving the sustainability and resilience of the built environment in the following fields:

  • Green buildings and rating systems
  • Resilient and critical infrastructure
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Product design through Design for Environment principles
  • Energy benchmarking and greenhouse gas inventories

Research

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles 

Rebecca Andreucci & Can B. Aktas (2017): Vulnerability of coastal Connecticut to sea level rise: land inundation and impacts to residential property, Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems, DOI: 10.1080/10286608.2017.1325878 

Hashim Alhashimi, Can B. Aktas (2017). “Evaluating the Life Cycle Environmental and Economic Performance of Biochar in Comparison to Activated Carbon”, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 118, pp.13-26, http://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2016.11.016

Can B. Aktas, Paul Bartholomew, Sabrina Church (2016). “Application of GIS to Prioritize Brownfield Sites for Green Building Construction Based on LEED Criteria,” Journal of Urban Planning and Development, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)UP.1943-5444.0000387 

Jongsung Lee, Byungik Chang, Can Aktas, Ravi Gorthala (2016). “Economic Feasibility of Campus-Wide Photovoltaic Systems in New England”, Renewable Energy, 99, pp. 452-464.

Can B. Aktas, I. Ozgur Yaman (2016). “Global Cement Production: Outlook on Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions”, Cement and Concrete World, 119, pp.56-68.

Can B. Aktas (2015). “Reflections on Interdisciplinary Sustainability Research with Undergraduate Students,” International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 16(3): 354-366.

Can B. Aktas, Rosemary Whelan, Howard Stoffer, Edward Todd, Cindy Kern (2014). “Developing a university-wide course on sustainability: A critical evaluation of planning and implementation,” Journal of Cleaner Production, doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.11.037.

Can B. Aktas, I. Ozgur Yaman (2014). “Life Cycle Assessment: the Method and its Development.” Cement and Concrete World, 110: 31-39.

Can B. Aktas, Yildirim Omurtag (2013). “Online Teaching of Engineering Statistics: A Comparative Case Study.” International Journal of Engineering Education, 29(2): 504-509.

Can B. Aktas, Katelyn C. Ryan, Michael E. Sweriduk, Melissa M. Bilec (2012). “Critical Success Factors to Limit Constructability Issues on a Net-Zero Energy Home.” Journal of Green Building, 7(4): 100-115, doi: 10.3992/jgb.7.4.100.

Aktas, C.B., 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, DOI 10.1007/s11367-011-0363-x

Aktas, C.B., 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, DOI 10.1007/s11367-011-0367-6.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers

Daniel Delgado, Can B. Aktas (2016). “Resilience of Rail Infrastructure in the U.S. Northeast Corridor,” International Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction (ICSDEC), Tempe, AZ, May 2016.

Cassandra L. Champagne, Can B. Aktas (2016). “Assessing the Resilience of LEED Certified Green Buildings,” International Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction (ICSDEC), Tempe, AZ, May 2016.

Bianca A. Vazquez, Daniel V. Perrucci, Can B. Aktas (2016). “Sustainable Temporary Housing: Global Trends and Outlook,” International Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction (ICSDEC), Tempe, AZ, May 2016.

Jessica R. Zielinski, Rebecca Andreucci, Can B. Aktas (2016). “Prospects for Meeting the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards in the U.S.,” International Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction (ICSDEC), Tempe, AZ, May 2016.

Maryam Golbazi, Can B. Aktas (2016). “Analysis of Credits Earned by LEED Healthcare Certified Facilities,” International Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction (ICSDEC), Tempe, AZ, May 2016.

Kyle Pustola, Can B. Aktas, “Quantifying Sustainable Improvements: Interactions of Energy Efficient Construction Techniques and Estimating Their Efficiency,” Proceedings of the ASEE 2014 Zone I Conference. April 2014, Bridgeport, CT.

Ostap Lisowitch, Can B. Aktas, “Quantifying Benefits of Energy Starring an Average New England Home,” Proceedings of the ASEE 2014 Zone I Conference. April 2014, Bridgeport, CT.

Amanda Spiewak, Can B. Aktas, “A Life Cycle Approach to Chemistry Laboratories in Higher Education Institutions,” Proceedings of the ASEE 2014 Zone I Conference. April 2014, Bridgeport, CT.

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

 

Courses Taught 

  • EASC 3300 Global Solutions for Sustainability
  • SUST 3312 Introduction to Traditional and Alternative Energy
  • CIVL 4403 Sustainable Urban Planning
  • CIVL 6670 Design for Environment\w. lab 
  • UNIV 1175 Sustainability and the Idea of the Future
  • EASC 3345 Applied Engineering Statistics
  • EASC 4415 Professional Engineering Seminar 
  • EASC 2222 Fundamentals of Mechanics and Materials
  • EASC 2211 Introduction to Engineering Modeling

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