Welcome to the Laboratory for Infrastructure Science and Sustainability (LISS)!

The general objective of LISS is to develop quantitative scientific knowledge and innovative engineering solutions related to sustainability and resiliency of construction materials, buildings, and infrastructure. This bottom-up approach of multiscale development at the material, building, and city levels offers opportunities for impactful engineering solutions while addressing grand challenges associated with the built and the natural environment. The grand challenges include climate change effects; energy usage and conservation; safety durability and sustainability of constructed facilities; and investments in residential, business, and national infrastructure in view of the expected growth of population.

The research at LISS focuses on safety, resiliency, and sustainability of physical infrastructure with innovations in energy efficient cement-based construction materials, and novel sensing and monitoring for intelligent built environment. The approach involves multiscale mechanics, computation, experimentation, data analytics and AI in engineering mechanics. The overall aim of this integrated interdisciplinary paradigm is to make the world's built environment safe and sustainable by providing innovative solutions for design of new systems as well as for maintaining and retrofitting existing structures. The overall mission contributes to education, and societal and economic development.

Photo Courtesy David Sella (ILP)
Oral Buyukozturk, PhD, F.ASCE, F.ACI, F.EMI, F.RSE
George Macomber Professor | MIT
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Lab for Infrastructure Science and Sustainability
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Room 1-281, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA, 02139
Tel: 617.253.7186

Email: obuyuk@mit.edu
Short CV

Research Mission


Infrastructure Resilience and Sustainability


Multiscale mechanics, modeling and experimentation for quantification and design of materials and infrastructure for safety and resiliency


Innovations for sustainable and energy efficient cement-based construction materials and systems with lower carbon print and improved performance


Novel sensing and vision-based monitoring through data analytics and AI in engineering mechanics for safe and intelligent built environment


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