Ayhan Irfanoglu

Associate Professor 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)

Personal Web Site

Research Summary
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.

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

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.


  • A. Irfanoglu, "Using Numerical Simulations and Engineering Reasoning under Uncertainty: Studying the Collapse of WTC-1", Computer-aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, accepted for publication, 2010.

  • B.N. Luna, and A. Irfanoglu, "Estimating Base Shear versus Roof Drift Curves using Earthquake-Response Data", Earthquake Spectra, accepted for publication, 2010.
  • K.A. Korkmaz, A. Irfanoglu and A. H. Kayhan, "Seismic Risk Assessment of Buildings in Izmir, Turkey," Natural Hazards, September 2009 (online), 2010 (print).
  • K. Miamis, A. Irfanoglu, and M.A. Sozen, "Dominant Factor in the Collapse of WTC-1", Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, v.23(4):203-208, 2009.

  • A. Irfanoglu, "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 C.M. Hoffmann, "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., A. Irfanoglu and S. Pujol, “Istanbul at the Threshold: An Evaluation of the Seismic Risk in Istanbul”, Earthquake Spectra, v.23 (1): 63-75, 2007.

  • Beck, J.L., E. Chan, A. Irfanoglu and C. Papadimitriou, "Multi-criteria Optimal Structural Design under Uncertainty", Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 28:741-761, 1999.