Volgenau School of Engineering
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Burak Tanyu

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  • 703-993-5621 (office)
  • Krasnow Building, 105
    4400 University Drive, MS 6C1
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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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 analyzes, 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 has influenced practice and policy within transportation agencies across the country.


PhD, GeoEngineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2003)

MS, Engineering Geology, University of Texas, Austin (1999)

BS, Ge, Geological Engineering (1996)

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Faculty Rank: Associate Professor


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

Research Interests

Geotechnical Engineering

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