Dr. Fatih Bektas, Assistant Professor

PhD | Faculty

Address: Office | 327 Trafton Science Center E
Phone: 507-389-1468
Email: fatih.bektas@mnsu.edu


  • PhD, Civil Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2007
  • MS, Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 2002
  • BS, Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 1999

Courses Taught

  • ME 212—Statics
  • CIVE 235—Properties of Civil Engineering Materials
  • CIVE271—Civil Engineering Measurements
  • CIVE 432—Properties of Concrete
  • CIVE 435—Civil Engineering Experimentation
  • CIVE 436—Civil Engineering Experimentation II
  • CIVE 461—Fundamentals of Pavement Design

Research Interests

Characterization of PCC materials; alkali-silica reaction; aggregate durability; deicer scaling; recycled aggregate; ternary mix concrete; natural pozzolan; roller compacted concrete; pavement surface condition evaluation; pavement/asset management.


  • Effective Strategies to Extend Remaining Life of ASR-Affected Pavements (July 2022–present); MnDOT
  • Use of Carbon Dioxide for Sustainable and Resilient Concrete Pavements (July 2022–present); MnDOT/NRRA
  • Benefits of Preventive Maintenance (July 2021–present); MnDOT

Selected Publications

  • Hafci A, Turanli L, Bektas F (2021). Effect of ASR expansion on mechanical properties of concrete, Cement Wapno Beton 26(1), 12-23.
  • Bektas F, Wang X. (2017). Effectiveness of ternary blends in mitigating ASR demonstrated on modified mortar-bar test, Journal of Testing and Evaluation 45, 1-8.
  • Bektas F (2016). Alternative specimens for testing concrete strength, ACI Materials Journal 113, 113-119.
  • Bektas F, Smadi O, Nlenanya I (2015). Pavement condition: a new approach for the Iowa DOT, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2523, 40–46.
  • Bektas F, Wang X. Statistical mixture design of ternary blends for controlling ASR, Magazine of Concrete Research 67, 63–70.
  • Bektas F, Aldemir Bektas B (2014). Analyzing mix parameters in ASR concrete using response surface methodology, Construction and Building Materials 66, 299–305.
  • Bektas F (2014). Alkali reactivity of recycled clay brick aggregate, Construction and Building Materials 52, 79–85.
  • Yurdakul E, Taylor P, Ceylan H, Bektas F (2014). Effect of water-to-binder ratio, air content, and type of cementitious materials on fresh and hardened properties of binary and ternary blended concrete, ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering 26(6), DOI 04014002.
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