Burak Tanyu

Mason CEIE associate professor Burak Tanyu
Titles and Organizations

Professor, Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-5621
Campus: Fairfax
Building: Krasnow Building
Room 105
Mail Stop: 6C1

Personal Websites


Burak F. Tanyu joined the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering in the Volgenau School at George Mason University in 2011 specializing in geotechnical engineering. Prior to joining George Mason, Tanyu was a senior engineer at Geosyntec Consultants where he worked on landslide forensic analyses, earth retention system designs, design and permitting of residual waste landfills, and seep investigation and embankment stability. He has been a National Highway Institute certified instructor, teaching the design of earth retaining structures since 2008.

Burak Tanyu’s extensive research and publication of novel pavement construction methods have influenced practice and policy within transportation agencies across the country.


  • PhD, GeoEngineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MS, Engineering Geology, University of Texas, Austin
  • BS, Ge, Geological Engineering

Research Interests

  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Novel pavement construction methods
  • Geo-transportation and geo-environmental infrastructures


2014 - 2017: Defining the Boundary Conditions for Composite Behavior of Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil (GRS) Structures. Funded by the University of Texas.

2013 - 2015: Evaluation of Use of Recycled Concrete as an Additive to Base CoarseSubbase Material in Virginia Department of Transportation Projects. Funded by VDOT-Virginia Department of Transportation.

2014 - 2015: Use of Recycled Materials as Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Retaining Wall Reinforced Backfills. Funded by the University of Wisconsin Madison.


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