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Ahmet H. Aydilek, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Maryland College Park, has been named a fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Aydilek is actively involved in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering research with a focus on sustainable infrastructure technologies, geotechnics of stormwater management, flow through porous geomedia, remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater, and image-based techniques to characterize geomaterials. He has directed or co-directed several research and consulting projects for industry and government, advised more than 35 graduate students and 16 postdoctoral associates, and co-authored over 180 technical publications in geoengineering for prestigious journals such as ASCE’s Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, Journal of Environmental Engineering, and Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering as well as the Journal of Hazardous Materials, Biosystems Engineering, Geotechnique, and Geosynthetics International.

His research has laboratory, field, and numerical components. One of Aydilek's completed works involved study of the capping of high-water-content wastes in a U.S. EPA Superfund site and investigating their interaction with geosynthetics. This project site was included within the boundaries of the Capital Springs Centennial State Park, in Wisconsin, because of its enhanced recreational and aesthetic value. Aydilek has also completed field projects in the Mid-Atlantic region to demonstrate the beneficial reuse of compost in stormwater systems and on highway slopes, the use of coal combustion byproducts to abate acid mine drainage from the Appalachian region, and innovative use of scrap tires in construction of landfill leachate collection systems. 

Aydilek has been an associate editor for the
Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering since 2006, and has assumed leadership roles in organizing several ASCE Conferences. He has served on ASCE’s Geoenvironmental Engineering and Geosyntherics Committees and was chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Soils Geoenvironmental Processes.

His contributions to geotechnical, geoenvironmental, and geosynthetics engineering have been recognized by the Walter Huber Prize (2011), Arthur M. Wellington Prize (2009), Arthur Casagrande Award, and Collingwood Prize(2006) from ASCE, the Honorable Mention Award(2013) and IGS Research Award (2006) from the International Geosynthetics Society, the International Outstanding Achievement Award(2003) from the Industrial Fabrics Association International, the Engineering Achievement Award (2002) from ASCE’s Wisconsin Section, and the Severson Geotechnical Engineering Award (2000) from the University of Wisconsin.

Aydilek teaches courses in
geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering. He received the Best Teacher Award from the University of Maryland Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2011), the ExCEED Teaching Award(2006) from ASCE, the Outstanding Civil Engineering Educator Award (2004) from the ASCE Maryland Section, and the Lilly-Teaching of Excellence Fellowship (2002-03) from the University of Maryland.

He earned his bachelor of science degree from Istanbul Technical University in 1993, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1996 and 2000, respectively.