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M. Emin Kutay, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Professor

Civil and Environmental Engineering
3554 Engineering Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: (517) 353-9297
Fax: (517) 432-1827
E-Mail: kutay@egr.msu.edu
Web: http://www.egr.msu.edu/~kutay

Courses Taught:

  • Slope Stability and Stabilization Techniques (CE 815)

Recent Research:

  • Understanding Locking Point and Aggregate Degradation During Compaction of HMA: Computer Aided Mix Design (CAMID) Approach (FHWA).
  • Micromechanical Modeling of Aggregate Packing and Compaction in Asphalt Pavements Using Dissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD) (FHWA).
  • Development of 3D Image Processing Tools for Analysis of the Internal Structure of Asphalt Specimens Obtained from X-ray Computed Tomography Imaging Technique (FHWA).
  • Modeling Fatigue Cracking Mechanisms in Asphalt Pavements Using the Viscoelastic Continuum Damage (VECD) Theory (FHWA).
  • Development of a Methodology to Predict Remaining Fatigue Life of Asphalt Pavements Based on Viscoelastic Continuum Damage (VECD) Theory (FHWA).
  • Viscoplastic Modeling of Permanent Deformation Characteristics of Asphalt Concrete (FHWA).


Dr. Kutay's background and interests are primarily on experimental and numerical investigation of fundamental material behavior of asphalt pavements and granular materials. His research focuses on improvement of the AASHTO Superpave mix design, understanding and better prediction of fatigue cracking in asphalt pavements using state-of-the-art techniques such as the Viscoelastic Continuum Damage (VECD) Theory and development of tools to improve understanding of permanent deformation (rutting) characteristics of asphalt pavements. His other research interests include pavement surface characteristics such as smoothness, tire/pavement noise and splash/spray.


University of Maryland: Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering (Geotechnical & Pavements)

Awards and Honors:

  • ASCE Collingwood Prize (2008)
  • AASHTO National Competition Award for Transportation Professionalism for representing United States in the World Road Association PIARC Prizes 2007 international competition (2007)
  • Dwight Eisenhower Graduate Research Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (2003-2005)

Selected Publications:

  • Kutay, M.E., Gibson, N.H. and Youtcheff, J. (2008) "Conventional and Viscoelastic Continuum Damage (VECD) Based Fatigue Analysis of Polymer Modified Asphalt Pavements", Journal of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists.
  • Kutay, M.E., Aydilek, A.H., Masad, E., and Harman, T. (2007) "Computational and Experimental Evaluation of Hydraulic Conductivity Anisotrophy in Hot Mix Asphalt", International Journal of Pavement Engineering, Vol. 8, Issue 1, pp. 29-43.
  • Kutay, M.E., Aydilek, A.H., and Masad, E. (2007) "Estimation of Directional Permeability of HMA Based on Numerical Simulation of Micro-scale Water Flow", Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2001, TRB, National Research Council, Washington, D.C., 2007, pp. 29-36.
  • Kutay, M.E., Weaver, E., and Wiser, L. (2007) "Development of Correction Functions for Spectral Compatibility of Inertial Profilers Used in the LTPP Program", Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2005, TRB, National Research Council, Washington, D.C., 2007, pp. 145-152.
  • Kutay, M.E., and Aydilek, A.H. (2007) "Dynamic Effects of Moisture Transport in Asphalt Concrete", ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, Vol. 133, No. 7, July 2007, pp. 406-414.
  • Kutay, M.E., Aydilek, A.H. and Masad, E. (2006). "Laboratory Validation of Lattice Boltzmann Method for Modeling Pore-Scale Flow in Granular Materials", Computers and Geotechnics, Vol. 33, pp. 381-395.
Phone: (517) 355-5107 Fax: (517) 432-1827 E-mail: cee@egr.msu.edu
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michigan State University
Engineering Building
428 S. Shaw Lane, Room 3546
East Lansing, MI 48824