Erol Unal

phd at gatech

About Me

I am a Ph.D. student in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech.

I am interested in developing new computational methods within the field of structural topology optimization. I hope to apply this work to problems to benefit globally-focused industry through the use of high-performance computing. Outside of civil engineering, I am passionate about computer science and furthering optimization techniques through the efficient application of novel numerical methods.

Outside of academics, I also enjoy


Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, Georgia PhD in Civil Engineering Aug '16 - current
President's Fellowship Spring '16
Notable Coursework
  • CEE 8813G - Structural Design Optimization
  • CSE 6220 - High Performance Computing
  • AE 6114 - Fundamentals of Solid Mechanics

Purdue University

West Lafayette, Indiana BS in Civil Engineering Aug '12 - May '16
Full-ride Beering Scholarship 2012 — 2016


Graduate Research Assistant

Computational Mechanics Group (Adv. Dr. Glaucio Paulino)
Georgia Institute of Technology
I joined Dr. Glaucio Paulino's research group in August 2016. My research interests include topology optimization, additive manufacturing, and computational methods.

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Pankow Material Labs (Adv. Dr. Jason Weiss)
Purdue University
I designed and performed calorimetry tests to quantify the formation of calcium oxychloride in cementious materials in the presence of deicing salts and carbon dioxide.
  • Suraneni P., Monical J., Unal E., Farnam Y., and Weiss W. J. (Submitted), Calcium Oxychloride Formation Potential in Cementitious Pastes Exposed to Blends of Deicing Salt, Submitted to ACI Materials Journal, American Concrete Institute.
  • Ghantous, R. M., Farnam, Y., Unal, E., & Weiss, J. (2016). The influence of carbonation on the formation of calcium oxychloride. Cement and Concrete Composites, 73, 185-191.
  • Monical, J., Unal, E., Barrett, T., Farnam, Y., & Weiss, J. (2016). Reducing Joint Damage in Concrete Pavements: Quantifying Calcium Oxychloride Formation for Concrete Made with Portland Cement, Portland Limestone Cement, Supplementary Cementitious Materials, and Sealers. In Transportation Research Board 95th Annual Meeting (No. 16-4652).
  • Monical J., Villani C., Farnam Y., Unal E., and Weiss W. (2016), Using Low-Temperature Differential Scanning Calorimetry to Quantify Calcium Oxychloride Formation for Cementitious Materials in the Presence of CaCl2, Journal of Advances in Civil Engineering Materials, ASTM, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 1–15, doi:10.1520/ACEM20150024.

Teaching Assistant

ENGR 131
Purdue University
This course was designed to expose first-year engineering students to design challenges and basic engineering concepts. As part of the instructional team, I graded homework and exams, provided feedback on progress, and assisted in class instruction.

Web Development Projects

In addition to my studies, I alway enjoy taking on new and exciting web development projects! Below are some examples of website that I have worked on. If you are interested in collaborating on a project, feel free to get in touch!

Jason Weiss Faculty Website

Prof. Jason Weiss' personal website was built from scratch and designed to emulate the existing style of the Oregon State University main site. The website is built from HTML and CSS with some PHP in order to integrate the search feature within OSU's existing functionality.

Egg Cave

Egg Cave is a kid-friendly, virtual pet site with over 100,000 players. I designed and created site-wide features and community events within the existing site framework. I also developed efficient MySQL database organization to reduce site lag and store sensitive user data.

Personal Website

I have used the domain to teach myself more about web design. This website has hosted various iterations of my online portfolio as I keep up with new global design trends. The current design is fully responsive and adapts to the viewing environment. It utilizes the Bootstrap framework and Javascript.

Code Library

I have collected snippets of useful code that I have amassed for public download.
Under construction


4132 Jesse W. Mason Building
790 Atlantic Drive NW
Atlanta, GA, 30318

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