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, and sustainable use of foundation geomaterials and construction practices for transportation infrastructure. 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 Center, 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. Dr. Tutumluer has authored and 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. Dr. Tutumluer served as the Chair of the ASCE Geo-Institute’s Pavements Committee in 2006-2012. Dr. Tutumluer is currently the Chair of the AFP70 Mineral Aggregates and an active affiliate of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). He 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.