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Ali Touran

Professor,  Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Office

  • 423 Snell Engineering Center
  • 617.373.5508

Research Focus

Risk assessment; construction cost/schedule uncertainty; project delivery systems; simulation; construction productivity

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Stanford University, 1980
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Stanford University, 1978
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Tehran University, 1977

Licensure

  • Professional Engineer: Massachusetts

Honors & Awards

  • 2009 President Award, Boston Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2006 Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2004 Best Paper Award, ASEE New England Section Annual Conference, Dedham, Mass
  • 1999 Person of the Year (1998/1999), CMAA New England Region Chapter
  • 1989 The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation Professional Merit Award

Teaching Interests

  •  Construction Management
  •  Cost Analysis
  •  Scheduling
  •  Applied Probability
  •  Simulation

Professional Affiliations

  • American Public Works Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Boston Society of Civil Engineers
  • Construction Management Association of America
  • Construction Research Council
  • Journal of Construction Engineering & Management, ASCE

Research Overview

Risk assessment; construction cost/schedule uncertainty; project delivery systems; simulation; construction productivity

Selected Research Projects

  • Integrated Project Delivery in Industrial Projects
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, Construction Industry Institute
  • Systematic Approach for Estimating Construction Contract Time
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, National Cooperative Highway Research Program

Selected Publications

  • N. Montazeri, A. Touran, Multi-Objective Reliability-Based Optimization of Life-Cycle Maintenance for Bridges under Cost Uncertainty, Proceedings of the Construction Research Congress, ASCE, 2018
  • R. Tapia, D.D. Gransberg, A. Touran, Managing Scheduling Risk due to Geotechnical Uncertainty Using Linear Scheduling, Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., 2017
  • A. Touran, F. Panah, Use of the Alternative Technical Concepts in Transportation Projects, ISEC, 9 Conference, 2017
  • R. Masoumi, A. Touran, A Framework to Form Balanced Project Portfolios, Proceedings of the Construction Research Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2016
  • A. Touran, J. Liu, A Method for Estimating Contingency based on Project Complexity, Procedia Engineering, Elsevier, 123, 2015, 574-580
  • A.P. Gurgun, A. Touran, Public-Private Partnership Experience in the International Arena: Case of Turkey, Journal of Management in Engineering, 30(6), 2014

In the Media

Feb 28, 2020

MTA announces members of major construction review unit

CEE Professor Ali Touran highlighted in MassTransit for being selected to be a member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Major Construction Review Unit (MCRU).

Students

May 02, 2019

Alessandro Mazzotta Receives CMAA Scholarship

Civil Engineering student Alessandro Mazzotta was awarded a Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Graduate Student Award by the organization’s New England Chapter. Alessandro, a Master of Science student concentrating in construction management, received the scholarship in recognition of his academic, professional and extracurricular achievements. Alessandro hails from the small town of Castellaro, located in […]

Faculty

Mar 13, 2017

Touran Awarded CII Grant

CEE Professor Ali Touran has been awarded a $235K grant from the Construction Industry Institute (CII) for research on the application of Integrated Project Delivery for Industrial Projects.

Oct 17, 2012

Managing Large Projects

The Construction Industry Institute has awarded CEE Professor Ali Touran $250K to determine the most effective way to manage large construction project portfolios.

Jan 24, 2012

Tracking MassDOT Performance

CIV Professor Ali Touran has teamed up with Pioneer Institute to create a Massachusetts Transportation Dashboard to monitor how MassDOT is using tax dollars to reduce traffic congestion and increase throughput & safety.

Jun 30, 2011

Prof. Touran Appointed as Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management

Professor Ali Touran, Associate Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been appointed the Associate Editor of the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Jul 14, 2009

Touran Elected Secretary of Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section

Ali Touran, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was featured by the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section, BSCES News, for his long and distinguished career and now most recently for his election as Secretary of BSCES.

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