Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame



Yahya (Gino) Kurama

Office:  157 Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering

Phone:  574-631-8377


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Current Positions
Associate Chair, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences
Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Lehigh University
M.S., Civil Engineering, Lehigh University
B.S., Civil Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey

Research Interests
My expertise and capabilities are on the development and design of high-performance structural engineering materials and systems that enable energy production and harvesting technologies. Current interests include: 1) use of high-strength steel deformed reinforcing bars (rebar), prefabricated rebar assemblies with headed anchorages, and high-performance concrete to reduce the field erection times, reduce fabrication costs, improve construction quality, and simplify inspection of reinforced concrete nuclear structures; and 2) ultra-tall, shape-optimized, precast concrete wind turbine towers.

Key Words
Concrete, Steel, Seismic, Earthquake, Fire, Blast, Structural Engineering, Construction, Structural Design and Analysis, Structural Testing

Relevant Energy Publications

  1. Smith, B.J. and Kurama, Y.C. Seismic design guidelines for solid and perforated hybrid precast concrete shear walls. PCI Journal, 43-49 (2014).
  2. Smith, B.J., Kurama, Y.C.; and McGinnis, M.J. Behavior of Precast concrete shear walls for seismic regions: Comparison of hybrid and emulative specimens. Journal of structural engineering, 139, 1917-1927 (2013).