Bora Cetin

Cetin, B photo 2019

Bora Cetin

Associate Professor


Dr. Cetin is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  He has over 12 years of experience in academia in the field of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering. He received his Ph.D. from University of Maryland-College Park (2012). He is the head of the Sustainable Geotechnical Infrastructure Group  (SGIG). His research program encompasses multiple research fields including transportation infrastructure, nuclear waste disposal, municipal solid waste landfill design, remediation of mine waste/contaminated soils, and sustainable geotechnical practices.

His research activities are mainly focused on the following fields: (1) Improvement of the sustainability of geotechnical structures; (2) environmental suitability of geotechnical structures built with waste materials and industrial byproducts; (3) remediation of contaminated soils with industrial byproducts; (4) characterization of shale media for nuclear waste disposal; (5) improvement of the quality of the mechanistic-empirical pavement design approach, (6) prediction of frost heave-thaw weakening and frost/thaw depths of soils; (7) heated pavement systems; and (8) engineering education.

His research has been sponsored through competitive grant awards from a diverse range of national and state agencies. He has served as principal investigator (PI) or Co-PI for externally funded research from agencies including the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE)-Department of Interior (DOI), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), USDOT, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), National Science Foundation (NSF), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Road Research Alliance (NRRA), and multiple different state DOTs.

Research Area

  • Utilization of Recycled Materials
  • Transportation infrastructure- Pavement Foundation Systems
  • Municipal solid waste landfill design
  • Remediation of mine waste/contaminated soils
  • Sustainable geotechnical practices
Research Area
- PhD, Civil Engineering, University of Maryland, 2012
- MS, Civil Engineering, University of Maryland, 2009
- BS, Civil Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, 2007
Mahedi, M. and Cetin, B. (2019) “Leaching of Elements from Cement Activated Fly Ash and Slag Amended Soils,” Chemosphere, vol. 235, pp. 565-574.
Mahedi, M., Cetin, B., and Dayioglu, A.Y. (2019) “Leaching Behavior of Aluminum, Copper, Iron and Zinc from Cement Activated Fly Ash and Slag Stabilized Soils,” Waste Management, vol. 95, pp. 334-355.
Genc, D., Ashlock, J.C., Cetin, B, and Kremer, P. (2019) “Development and Pilot Installation of a Scalable Environmental Sensor Monitoring System for Freeze-Thaw Monitoring under Granular-Surfaced Roadways,” Journal of Transportation Research Record, accepted.
Hatipoglu, M., Cetin, B., and Aydilek, A.H. (2019) “Effects of Fines Content on Hydraulic and Mechanical Performance of Unbound Granular Base Aggregates,” Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part B: Pavements, accepted.
Yang, B., Zhang, Y., Cetin, B., Ceylan, H. (2019) “Concrete Grinding Residue – Management Practices and Reuse for Soil Stabilization,” Journal of Transportation Research Record, DOI: 10.1177/0361198119854292.
Mahedi, M., Cetin, B., and Cetin, K.S., (2019) “Freeze-Thaw Performance of Phase Change Material (PCM) Incorporated Pavement Subgrade Soil,” Construction and Building Materials, vol. 202, pp. 449-464.
Hoang, T., Alleman, J., Cetin, B., Ikuma, K., and Choi, S. (2018) “Sand and Silty-Sand Soil Stabilization Using Bacterial Enzyme-Induced Calcite Precipitation (BEICP),” Canadian Geotechnical Journal, vol. 56(6), pp. 808-822.
Castro-Nova, I., Gad, G.M., Touran, A., Cetin, B., and Gransberg, D.D. (2018) “Evaluating the Influence of Differing Geotechnical Risk Perceptions on Design-Build Highway Projects,” ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part A: Civil Engineering, vol. 4(4), article no. 04018038.
Yilmaz, O., Coban, H.S., Cetin B., and Edil, T.B. (2018) “Use of Standard and Off-Spec Fly Ashes for Soil Stabilization,” Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering ASCE, vol. 31(2), article no. 04018390.
Abdualla, H., Ceylan, H., Kim, S., Cetin, K.S., Mina, M., Taylor, P.C., Gopalakrishnan, K., Cetin, B., Yang, S., Sassani, A., and Vidyadharan, A. (2018) “Design and Construction of the World`s First Full-Scale Electrically Conductive Concrete Heated Airport Pavement System at a US Airport,” Journal of Transportation Research Record, vol. 2672(23), pp. 82-94.
Li, C., Ashlock, J.C., Cetin, B., and Jahren, C.T. (2018) “Performance-Based Design Method for Gradation and Plasticity of Granular Road Surface Materials,” Journal of Transportation Research Record, vol. 2672(52), pp. 216-225.
Mahedi, M, Cetin, B., and White, D.J., (2018) “Performance Evaluation of Cement and Slag Stabilized Expansive Soils,” Journal of Transportation Research Record, vol. 2672(52), pp. 164-173.
Cetin, B., Forman, B.A., Schwartz, C.W., and Ruppelt, B. (2018) “Performance of Different Climate Data Sources in Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Distress Analyses,” Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part B: Pavements ASCE, vol. 144 (1), article no. 04017023.
Edil, T.B., Cetin, B., and Soleimanbeigi, A. (2017) “Laboratory and Field Performance of Recycled Aggregate Base in a Seasonally Cold Region,” Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions, vol. 9(3), pp. 183-191.