Ayhan Irfanoglu

Professor and Associate Head of Civil Engineering

Purdue University
Lyles School of Civil Engineering
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051

Office: HAMP 4117 / BOWN 1022
Phone: (765) 496-8270


Specialty Area(s)


PhD, California Institute of Technology, 2000
MSCE, California Institute of Technology, 1994
BSCE, Middle East Technical University, 1993

Research Interests
Earthquake and blast engineering, performance-based structural engineering frameworks, modal testing and analysis, structural health-monitoring, large-scale structural analysis and simulation, and engineering seismology.

Selected Research Projects

  • Middle East Technical University, Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of Select Historic Masonry Buildings in Fatih District of Istanbul, Turkey, Five Months (2010), Irfanoglu.
  • National Science Foundation, Collaborative Research: the Learning Bridge, 2009-2011, Irfanoglu,
  • National Science Foundation/NEES Operations, 2010-2014, Irfangolu w/ Ramirez, Fossum, Eigenmann, Hacker, Bahchi and Brophy.
  • U.S. Department of State & WJE Assoc., Inc., A Study on the Seismic Risk of Four Buildings in Istanbul, Turkey, One month 2009, Irfanoglu.
  • U.S. Department of State & WJE Assoc., Inc., A Study on the Seismic Risk of Two Buildings in Istanbul, Turkey, Two months 2009, Irfanoglu.

Teaching Activity
CE 371 Structural Analysis I

CE 474 Structural Analysis II

CE 498 Civil Engineering Design Project

CE 573 Structural Dynamics

CE 597M Geologic and Engineering Seismology

CE 691S Civil Engineering Seminars - Structural

Honors & Awards
American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) IDEAS2 Presidential Award of Excellence, 2008.

California Institute of Technology Graduate Student Council, Teaching Assistant Award: nominated by the students of the Engineering Mathematics course, academic year 1997-98.

Harold Hellwig Fellowship in Structural Engineering (1993-94).

Recognition for Academic Excellence (summa cum laude and top rank), Department of Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University, 1993.

Recognition for Academic Excellence, Turkish Chamber of Civil Engineers, 1993.

Selected Publications

  • Irfanoglu, A., "Using Numerical Simulations and Engineering Reasoning under Uncertainty: Studying the Collapse of WTC-1", Computer-aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, accepted for publication, 2010.
  • Luna, B.N., and Irfanoglu, A., "Estimating Base Shear versus Roof Drift Curves using Earthquake-Response Data", Earthquake Spectra, accepted for publication, 2010.
  • Korkmaz, K.A., Irfanoglu, A., and Kayhan, A.H., "Seismic Risk Assessment of Buildings in Izmir, Turkey," Natural Hazards, September 2009 (online), 2010 (print).
  • Miamis, K., Irfanoglu, A., and Sozen, M.A., "Dominant Factor in the Collapse of WTC-1", Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, v.23(4):203-208, 2009.
  • Irfanoglu, A., "Performance of Template School Buildings during Earthquakes in Turkey and Peru", Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, v.23(1):5-14, 2009
  • Irfanoglu, A., and Hoffmann, C.M., "An Engineering Perspective of the Collapse of WTC-I", Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities. v.22(1):62-67, 2008.
  • Griffiths, J.H.P., Irfanoglu, A., and Pujol, S., "Istanbul at the Threshold: An Evaluation of the Seismic Risk in Istanbul", Earthquake Spectra, v.23 (1): 63-75, 2007.
  • Beck, J.L., Chan, E., Irfanoglu, A., and Papadimitriou, C., "Multi-criteria Optimal Structural Design under Uncertainty", Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 28:741-761, 1999.