Faculty Profile

Curriculum Vitae

Kimberly E. Kurtis, FACI, FACerS

Professor, School of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Associate Dean for Faculty Development & Scholarship, College of Engineering
Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials & Construction Engineering
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  • 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, where she joined the faculty in January 1999. Dr. Kurtis earned her BSE (1994) in civil engineering from Tulane University under a Deans Honor Scholarship and her Ph.D. (1998) 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 materialshas 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-present) 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 is Editorial Board member of Cement and Concrete Composites. She has been honored with ACI’s Walter P. Moore, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award (2005) and the ACI James Instruments Award for Research on NDE of Concrete (2008). Dr. Kurtis is a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute and the American Ceramics Society. 


  • 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


  • 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.


  • P. Jongvisuttisun and K.E. Kurtis, “The role of hardwood pulp fibers in mitigation of early-age cracking”, Cement and Concrete Composites, March 2015, V.57:84-93.
  • R.D. Moser, K.E. Kurtis, P.Singh, and L.F. Kahn “Effect of sulfates on passivation in alkaline environments”, ICE Journal of Construction Materials, available online February 2015.
  • G. Kim, J-Y. Kim, K.E. Kurtis, L.J. Jacobs, Y. Le Pape, and M. Guimaraes “Quantitative evaluation of carbonation in concrete using nonlinear ultrasound”, Materials and Structures, available online December 2014.
  • A.R. Jayapalan, B.Y. Lee, E. Land, M. Bergin and K.E. Kurtis, “Photocatalytic efficiency of cement-based materials: Demonstration of Proposed Test Method”, J. ACI Materials, available online.
  • G. Kim, C.W. In, J.Y. Kim, K.E. Kurtis, and L.J. Jacobs “Air-coupled detection of nonlinear Rayleigh surface waves in concrete – Application to microcracking detection”, NDT&E International, October 2014, V.57:64-70.
  • 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 preparation for Corrosion of Steel in Concrete Structures, Woodhead Publishing.
  • 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.
  • E.I. Nadelman, D.J. Freas, and K.E. Kurtis, “Nano- and Microstructural Characterization of Portland Limestone Cement”, Proc. 5th Inter. Symp. on Nanotechnology in Construction (NICOM5), Chicago, May 24-26, 2015, accepted.
  • K. Arne, C.W. In, K. Kurtis, and L.J. Jacobs “Nondestructive estimation of deth of surface opening cracks in concrete beams”, Proc. 40th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation (QNDE), 2014.
  • G. Kim, C.W. In, J.-Y. Kim, L.J. Jacobs, and K.E. Kurtis, “Nondestructive Detection and Characterization of Carbonation in Concrete”, Proc. 40th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation (QNDE), 2014.
  • A. Hashemi, K.M. Donnell, R. Zoughi, M.C.L. Knapp, and K.E. Kurtis “Microwave detection of carbonation in mortar using dielectric property characterization”, Proc. Instrumental and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC), Montevideo, Urugay, May, 12, 2014, IEEE International, p. 216-220.
  • A. Hashemi, K.M. Donnell, R. Zoughi, M.C.L. Knapp, and K.E. Kurtis “Microwave detection of carbonation in mortar using dielectric property characterization”, Proc. Instrumental and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC), Montevideo, Urugay, May, 12, 2014, IEEE International, p. 216-220.
  • “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.
  • 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.
  • Kimberly E. Kurtis, Susan Burns, and Patricia Sobecky, “Biological Benefication of High-Carbon Fly Ash”, invention disclosure filed at Georgia Tech April 25, 2008.
  • Benjamin J. Mohr, Kimberly E. Kurtis and Hiroki Nanko, “Wood-derived materials for internal curing of cement-based materials,” provisional patent filed by Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S. application 11/738,906, filed April 27, 2007.
  • 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.