Faculty Profile

BIOGRAPHY

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1998.
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1995.
  • B.S.E., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tulane University, 1994.

Dr. Kimberly (Kim) E. Kurtis is Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Interim School Chair. She has served as Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Scholarship in the College of Engineering since 2014. Dr. Kurtis earned her BSE in civil engineering from Tulane University under a Deans Honor Scholarship and her Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was a Henry Hilp Fellow and a National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellow.  

Dr. Kurtis’s innovative research on the multi-scale structure and performance of cement-based materials has resulted in more than 100 technical publications and two US patents. In addition to her technical and educational service contributions at the American Concrete Institute (ACI), American Ceramics Society (ACerS), Portland Cement Association (PCA), Transportation Research Board (TRB), American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), she has held two leadership positions – Chairman of ACI Committee 236: Materials Science of Concrete (2006-2012) and Chair of American Ceramic Society’s Cements Division (2008-2009) – central to advancing science-based research on cement-based materials. Dr. Kurtis has served as Associate Editor of ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering and as an Editorial Board member of Cement and Concrete Composites. Having previously served six years on ACI's Educational Activities Committee (EAC), she is currently appointed to ACI's 12-member Technical Activities Committee, which oversees development of ACI standards, technical committee activities, and technical content presented at ACI conventions and in archival publications.

She has been honored with ACI ’s Walter P. Moore, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award (2005), ACI’s Del Bloem Award for Service (2013), Outstanding Senior Undergraduate Research Mentor Award at Georgia Institute of Technology (2013), the ACI James Instruments Award for Research on NDE of Concrete (2008), Award for Outstanding Article in ASTM’s Journal of Testing and Evaluation (2010), and ASCE’s Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize (2013). Dr. Kurtis is a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute and the American Ceramics Society. 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Multi-scale structure, properties, and durability of cement-based materials
  • Sustainable infrastructure materials
  • Development of novel methods for multiscale characterization of infrastructure materials
  • Fiber-cement composites
  • Applications of nondestructive evaluation methods to cement-based materials
  • Upscaling of emerging concrete technology

HONORS & AWARDS

  • AASHTO Sweet 16 High Value Research Project Award for “Corrosion-free Precast Prestressed Concrete Piles made with Stainless Steel Reinforcement: Construction, Test, and Evaluation” with Preet Singh and Larry Kahn, via Georgia DOT, 2016.
  • ASCE Biot Lecture, “21ST Century Cement Technology: Addressing Sustainability through Innovation” delivered at Columbia University, October 17, 2016.
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Cement and Concrete Research, 2015.
  • Outstanding Paper Award, Materials and Structures, 2015, for “Quantitative evaluation of carbonation in concrete using nonlinear ultrasound.”
  • ASCE Walter L. Huber Prize in Research, 2013.
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award (Senior Faculty), Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013.
  • Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award, American Concrete Institute, 2013.
  • Fellow, American Ceramics Society, 2011.
  • Award for Outstanding Article in the Journal of Testing and Evaluation, ASTM, 2010. (for Garas, Kahn, and Kurtis, ASTM J. Test. Eval. V38(6),pp.1-9.)
  • Fellow, American Concrete Institute, 2010.
  • ACI James Instruments Award for Research on NDE of Concrete, 2008. (for Chen, Jayapalan, Kurtis, Kim, and Jacobs, J. ACI Materials, V.106(4): 340-8.)
  • ACI Walter P. Moore, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award, 2005.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

ARTICLES
  • M.N.N. Rashidi, A. Paul, J.-Y. Kim, L.J. Jacobs, and K.E. Kurtis, “Insights into delayed ettringite formation through acoustic nonlinearity”, Cem. Concr. Research, in press.
  • C.W. In, K. Arne, J.Y. Kim, K.E. Kurtis, and L.J. Jacobs, “Estimation of crack depth in concrete using diffuse ultrasound: Validation in Cracked Concrete Beams, “ J. Nondestructive Evaluation, V.36(1):4,2017.
  • G. Kim, J.Y. Kim, K.E. Kurtis, and L.J. Jacobs, “Drying shrinkage in concrete assessed by nonlinear ultrasound”, Cem. Concr. Res., V92:16-20, 2017.
  • N. Mayercsik, S. Bresard, M. Vandamme, and K.E. Kurtis “Using fractal geometry to recover the 3D air void, scale-independent, microstructure information from 2D sections of mortars”, ASTM Advances in Civil Engineering Materials, (invited), V.5 (2), 1-21, 2016.
  • C.R. Shearer, J.L. Provis, S.A. Bernal, and K.E. Kurtis, “Alkali-activation potential of biomass-coal co-fired fly ash”, Cem. Conc. Res., October 2016, V.73:62-74, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2016.06.014.
BOOKS
  • R.B. Holland, L.F Kahn, and K.E. Kurtis “Chapter 7: Effect of different concrete materials on the corrosion of embedded reinforcing steel”, in Corrosion of Steel in Concrete Structures, Woodhead Publishing, Ed. A. Poursaee, p.131-48, ISBN: 9781782423812,2016.
  • T.L. White, T. B. Calloway, R.L. Brigmon, K.E. Kurtis, and A.R. Jayapalan, “Applications in Complex Opaque Slurry Systems, in Laser Scanning, Theory and Applications”, in Laser Scanning, Theory and Applications, Ed. C.-C. Wang, IN-TECH, ISBN 978-953-307-205-0, April 2011.
PROCEEDINGS
  • B. Zaribaf and K.E. Kurtis, “Compatibility of Water Reducing Admixtures with Metakaolin-Portland Limestone Cement Blends”, Proc. LC3, Havana, Cuba, December 2017.
  • A. Hashemi, K.M. Donnell, M. Rashidi, and K.E. Kurtis “Effect of Exposure Conditions on the Long-Term Dieletric Properties of Mortar Samples Containing ASR Gel”, Proc. 42nd Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation (QNDE), 2016.
  • R.B. Holland, L.F. Kahn, and K.E. Kurtis “Sulfate resistance of ternary blended concrete: influence of binder composition on performance, “ ACI SP-xxx, to be presented at Fall 2016 Convention, Philadelphia, November 2016.
  • Loreto, G., Gentry, R., Kurtis, K., Kahn, L. “Self-Roughening Concrete with Enhanced Shear Friction Capacity for Cold Joint Applications,” RILEM International Concrete Sustainability Conference, Washington, DC, May 15-18, 2016.
  • C. Gupta, E. Nadelman, K.E. Kurtis, and N.R. Washburn, “Lignopolymer Superplasticizers for Alternative Supplementary Cementitious Materials” Proc. 1st Int. Conf. on Grand Challenges in Construction Materials, Los Angeles, March 17-18, 2016, pp.7 at http://www.igcmat.com/papers/Washburn_igcmat_2016.pdf
PRESENTATIONS
  • “Novel Alternative Cementitious Materials for the Development of Sustainable Infrastructure”, Federal Highway Administration, Turner-Fairbank Laboratory, McLean, VA, October 29, 2015.
  • “Beneficiation of Cementitious Composites with Bio-Derived Fibers: Understanding the Roles of Fiber Chemistry & Morphology”, Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar, Princeton University, October 16, 2014.
  • “Effects of Titanium Dioxide on the Structure and Performance of Cement-based Materials”, Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar, University of South Florida, September 29, 2014.
  • R. Gentry, L.F. Kahn, K.E. Kurtis, and G. Loreto (speaker) “Self-consolidating concrete construction for modular units”, DOE Annual Meeting, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Charlotte, NC,October 21, 2014.
  • C.R. Shearer (speaker) and K.E. Kurtis, “The Pozzolanic Reactivity of Biomass and Co-fired Fly Ash,” American Concrete Institute Fall 2013 Convention, Phoenix, AZ, Oct. 20-24, 2013.
PATENTS
  • Gaurav Sant, Magdalena Balonis-Sant, and Kimberly E. Kurtis “Photoactivity and Ion-Exchange as New Routes to Corrosion Inhibition in Reinforced Concrete”, Preliminary US Patent Application 61/643,858 filed at UCLA, May 30, 2012.
  • Hiroki Nanko and Kimberly E. Kurtis, “Fiber Reinforced Mineral-based Materials and Methods of Making the Same,” International patent application PCT/US01/42979, U.S. patent 6966038, issued August 23, 2005.
  • Reza Zoughi, Aaron D. Benally, Karl J. Bois, and Kimberly E. Kurtis, “Microwave Determination Related to a Material Such as Chloride Found in a Cement Based Composition,” U.S. patent 6614240 held by Colorado State University, issued September 2, 2003.