Burcin Becerik-Gerber Elected to National Academy of Construction

| November 15, 2021

The Dean’s Professor and Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Chair was honored for her innovation and leadership in advancing user-centered built environments

NAC 2ND VP and President (left and right) with new NAC member Burcin Becerik-Gerber, at the awards banquet

Burcin Becerik-Gerber is inducted into the NAC Academy by (left) Christine Keville, NAC 2nd vice president, and (right) Maggi Walker, NAC President. PHOTO/NAC, RUSTY HAGGARD.

The National Academy of Construction inducted Burçin Becerik-Gerber, Dean’s Professor and Chair of the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, to its 2021 class at its annual meeting in Colorado Springs.

NAC cited her as an “innovative leader in visualization techniques and acquisition, modeling, and analysis of data needed to improve efficiency, sustainability, and safety in user-centered built environments.”

Wayne Crew, General Secretary of the Academy, said, “Our 2021 class is diverse, experienced, and dedicated. Burçin Becerik-Gerber is a most deserving new member. Her innovative approach to the built environment is clearly advancing the design, construction, and engineering industry.”

Becerik-Gerber Becerik-Gerber is co-director of the Center for Intelligent Environments (CENTIENTS) at USC. Her research focuses on human-building interaction that aims to understand and predict how humans interact with the built environment. She then uses this information to develop novel technologies, interfaces, tools to improve the design, construction, and system intelligence of user-centered environments as well as the human experiences within built environments.

Becerik-Gerber is the recipient of several research awards and recognitions, including an NSF CAREER Award, the FIATECH Celebration of Engineering & Technology Outstanding Researcher Award, MIT’s TR35 Recognition, participation in the NAE Frontiers of Engineering program and a Rutherford Visiting Fellowship from the Alan Turing Institute.

In addition, her mentoring and leadership recognitions include the Mellon Mentoring Award and an Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES) Fellowship, which speak to her commitment to education and service. Becerik-Gerber has authored/co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications, and numerous book and book chapters.

She holds a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science in Architecture from Istanbul Technical University with a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her Doctor of Design degree from Harvard University.

Published on November 15th, 2021

Last updated on November 15th, 2021

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