keynote speakers

Prof. Dr. Ömer AYDAN

Ryukyu University, Japan

Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture

Ömer AYDAN, study on the relationship between the earthquake and the estimated rate of stress and strain of the crust by GPS, about the mechanism and rock slope destruction in Taiwan Chi-Chi earthquake, studies on the estimation of the generation mechanism of the earthquake and the stress state of the crust from the striations of the fault, studies on the initial stress state of Turkey, Cappadocia region, study on underground space from the current and past underground city of Cappadocia, study on heat, stress and penetration and diffusion coupled behavior of rock, fundamental research on the determination of the swelling potential surface in swelling phenomenon of ground material, the basic research on the model of the crack initiation mechanism due to the swelling phenomenon of ground material, studies on the occurrence of natural potential accompanying the deformation characteristics of the electrical resistivity of the ground material, study on liquefaction judgment method of the ground caused by the earthquake, study on the development and application of the observation system on the stability of Zan-bashira and abandoned mine in Mitake-cho lignite mining area remains, study on failure mechanism of underground cavities in sedimentary soft rock, study on fracture morphology and the vibration of the ground by the earthquake fault, studies on the applicability of multi-parameter measurement method to earthquake prediction, studies on the long-term stability of underground rock structures in sedimentary soft rock.



National School of Architecture Rabat, Morocco

Full Professor, Vice Director of Research

Khalid El Harrouni got his PhD in 1994 from University of Portsmouth, Computational Mechanics, WIT, UK; and the State Engineer Diploma in 1985, Civil Engineering from Mohammadia School of Engineering, Rabat, Morocco. He has a Certificate of The Advanced International Training Program Architecture, Energy and Environment in 2002 from Department of Housing Development and Management, University of Lund, Sweden. He has more than 20 years research and professional experience in civil engineering, urban planning, buildings energy efficiency and architectural heritage preservation.



Tripoli University, Libya

Department of Civil Engineering

Hakim S. Abdelgader is a Professor of Civil Engineering at Tripoli University, Tripoli, Libya. He received his MSc and Ph.D from the Technical University of Gdansk in Poland in 1990 and 1996 respectively. Prof Abdelgader worked as a researcher at the Gdańsk University of Technology from 1996 until 2002. His research experience included the improvement of concrete construction in Libya through the use of pre-placed aggregate concrete, self-compacting concrete, concrete with recycled materials, underwater concreting, grouting and concrete casing in fabric forms. He has authored or co-authored over 40 professional technical papers and reports. His name is included in Who’s Who in world 2000. He has been involved in the organization of several International Conferences and was a member of the Scientific Committees of numerous International conferences. He was also invited keynote speaker at several International Conferences (North America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Iran, India). He is an associate member and voting member of American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committees 221, 237, 304, 444, 555 and 706. He is reviewer and contributor to ACI, Construction & Building Materials and ASCE publications. Dr. Abdelgader is a founding member of the committee developing a unified African Concrete Code and is active in the Libyan Society of Civil Engineering.


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Müge Mukaddes Darwish

Texas Tech University, USA

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Dr. Muge Mukaddes Darwish received her Ph.D in Interdisciplinary Engineering and Masters of Science from Texas Tech University in 1991 and 1998 respectively. She received her Graduate diploma, in Bari, Italy in 1982. She received her Bachelors of Science in Agricultural engineering in 1978 at Ataturk University in Turkey. She worked as field engineer from 1978 till 1981 in Turkey as well. She also has consulting experience internationally and she is currently an associate professor at Texas Tech University in Civil, Environmental & Construction Engineering Department. Dr. Darwish’s goal is to advance engineering learning into broader ecosystems through means of innovation, globalization, or sustainability. She incorporates issues of sustainability in all of her course work to aid student’s understandings of the complexities of environmentally sensitive design. Her scholarly pursuits seek to understand and optimize the performance of human and natural systems to reduce environmental impacts while meeting design goals. She teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses with the emphasis of design and construction delivery systems for high performance green buildings, the basis of which is sustainability. Her current research interests are in the technical and educational levels of various engineering topics with the primary research focus being engineering education research. Her other research areas include, but are not limited to, green building techniques, sustainable development, green building materials and sustainable (GREEN) construction. She has intensive experience working in projects of pre-engineering preparation education at schools K-12, mathematics for women in science and engineering, and improvements of enrollment of minorities and women in Science and Engineering programs. She is particularly interested in increasing the achievement and higher education representation of under-represented groups “women and ethnic minorities” in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Dr. Darwish is the author of several technical articles. She has reviewed three technical books, and several journal articles. She is in editorial board of journal of Sustainability, American Society for Engineering Educators (ASEE), Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) and she is a Technical Board Member for Latin American Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI).



U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, USA


Dr. Ilker Adiguzel is director of the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) in Champaign, IL. Part of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in the Corps of Engineers, CERL executes a $120 million research and development program annually with a staff of 350 people. This program creates and fields environmental and infrastructure technologies to ensure that military installations and forward bases are managed in an efficient and sustainable manner. Dr. Adiguzel was selected to the Senior Executive Service in June 2006. He held various management and research positions at CERL and before joining CERL, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey and a doctorate in civil engineering (systems/operations research) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Dr. Adiguzel is a founding member of the Editorial Board for the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Infrastructure Systems. He is also a member of the Construction Industry Institute (CII) Strategic Planning Committee, the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, and the Society of American Military Engineers. He also serves on the UIUC College of Engineering Advisory Board.


Dr. Duygu ERTEN

Turkeco Construction and Energy INC.


Erten graduated from Boğaziçi University. She completed her graduate studies at Rutgers University in USA. She worked as a research fellow at Princeton University. While working as a licenced Civil Engineer for AECOM and BOVIS Lend Lease in Los Angeles, she lectured at USC. Upon her return from USA he worked as the director of Clinton Climate Initative for Clinton Foundation. Erten is the co-founder of Turkish Green Building Council and served on the as the Board President and Vice President. She received the President’s Award given by World Green Building Council for her outstanding contributions to the global sustainability movement. She is currently representing TURKECO which is the first Turkish firm elected to serve USGBC’s Board. Erten actively working as the CEO of TURKECO green building consulting, Vice President of TGBC, President of International Relations and GREEN Schools Program of TGBC, and BUILDUPON spokesperson on behalf of TGBC. She is a LEED International Committee member, Advisor to HQE, and technical advisor to WGBC Committees. She has been teaching on sustainability and NGOs at Koç, Sabancı and Boğaziçi Universities. She is a P.E., LEED faculty, BREEAM AP, Communities and In-Use assessor and a DGNB Consultant.




Ankara Representative of ÇEDBİK

Bülent Erbora studied civil engineering at Eastern Mediterranean University. After working as Technical Coordinator and Project Manager in various projects, since 2011 he has been working as CEO of Erbora INC., which mainly focuses on construction and civil engineering projects. After studying BREEAM in 2008, he became a member of ÇEDBİK (Turkish Green Building Council) and still serves as Ankara Representative of the Council.


Dominic CHURCH

DGNB - German Sustainable Building Council

Team Leader Academy and International Projects

Dominic Church leads the international application of the DGNB System in auditor training and project certification since 2012. Dominic graduated at Stuttgart University in 1997 and worked as an architect in Germany, Luxembourg, Sweden Israel and the UK, specialising in healthcare and education buildings. Dominic completed an MSc degree at the London School of Economics in 2001 and took a leading role in teaching and research there until 2005. From 2005 to 2011, Dominic was Senior Policy Advisor for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) in the UK with lead responsibility for housing and neighbourhoods.