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Burcin Becerik-Gerber

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Stephen Schrank Early Career Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering


  • 2006, Doctoral Degree, Doctor of Design, Harvard University
  • Master's Degree, Architecture, Istanbul Technical University
  • Master's Degree, Other Engineering, University of California - Berkeley
  • Bachelor's Degree, Architecture, Istanbul Technical University


Dr. Becerik-Gerber's research focuses on the automation of collection and analysis of the data needed for intelligent and interactive built environments, and formalization of data representation and visualization to improve built-environment efficiency, sustainability, and maintainability. Dr. Becerik-Gerber graduated from Istanbul Technical University with a Bachelor of Architecture (1999) and an M.S. in Architecture (2001).  She attended the University of California at Berkeley, where she received an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (2002). She earned her Doctor of Design (2006) degree from Harvard University in the field of Project Management and Information Systems. After graduating from Harvard University, she worked as a consultant and taught in the area of information automation and management for three years.

In 2008, she joined the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California as an Assistant Professor. She has authored/co-authored 60 peer-reviewed journal papers and 60 peer-reviewed conference papers. Her work has received support worth over $5m from a variety of sources, including National Science Foundation, Department of Energy and Department of Transportation. She has been promoted to Associate Professor (with tenure) in 2015. She serves as an Associate Editor for ASCE's Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering since 2011. In 2012, MIT's Technology Review has named her as one of the world's top young innovators under the age of 35. She has been appointed as the inaugural holder of the Stephen Schrank Early Career Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium in 2011 and Frontiers in Engineering Symposium in 2013 for her innovative research and educational approaches in civil engineering. She received NSF CAREER Award in 2014, Junior Researcher Award in 2016, Mellon Mentoring Award in 2017. She is currently the Director of Graduate Programs at the Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is also the co-director of the Innovation in Integrated Informatics LAB, http://i-lab.usc.edu/. She is advising several Ph.D. students, several masters and undergraduate students in the Informatics For Intelligent Built Environments focus area.

Research Summary

User-Centered Sustainable Built Environments:
Human-building interactions for energy efficiency and comfort; Occupancy and behavior driven energy models; Implementation of sustainable practices through energy awareness and literacy; Adjustable autonomy and automation; User-centered design and operation of built environments

Situational Awareness for Built Environments:
User-centered sensing and learning; Indoor location sensing; Integrated building/infrastructure reality capture systems; Modeling occupancy and associated energy loads; Online learning for predicting human and building behavior

Building/Infrastructure Information Modeling and Visualization:
Cross-disciplinary, collaborative, geographically distributed engineering; Geometric and non-geometric information visualization; Building information modeling/visualization; Interactive environments


  • 2004 Project Management Institute, Donald S. Barrie Award
  • 2004 Project Management Institute, Wilson-Zells Academic Scholarship
  • 2010 NAE, Selected as an Innovator to the National Academy of Engineers (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE)
  • 2012 USC, Stephen Shrank Early Career Chair
  • 2012 MIT Technology Review, TR 35 Award
  • 2013 NAE, Selected to Participate in NAE's 2013 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
  • 2014 National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award
  • 2015 ASCE Outstanding Reviewer Recognition
  • 2016 Viterbi School of Engineering, Junior Research Award
  • 2017 Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Mellon Mentoring Award
  • Director, CEE Graduate Programs
  • Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • KAP 224C
  • Kaprielian Hall
  • 3620 South Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 2531

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-4383
  • becerik@usc.edu


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