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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pınar Akpınar

Faculty of Architecture and Engineering

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pınar Akpınar

Faculty of Architecture and Engineering

A. Education

Program University Degree Year
İnşaat Mühendisliği Doğu Akdeniz Üniversitesi BSc. 2002
İnşaat Mühendisliği Universitat Politècnia de Catalunya –  Barselona, İspanya PhD 2007


B. Academic Titles

Title University  Scientific Field Year
Asst. Prof. Dr. Near East University Materials of Construction 2012
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bahçeşehir Cyprus University Materials of Construction 2022


 C. Work Experience

Program Position University Period
Civil Engineering Post-doctoral researcher Atomic Energy Commission CEA- Saclay, Paris, Fransa Jan.-Sept. 2007
Civil Engineering Lecturer Near East University 2007-2020
Civil Engineering Lecturer Bahçeşehir Cyprus University 2021-now


D. Administrative Positions

Program Position University Period
Civil Engineering Chairperson Bahçeşehir Cyprus Üniversitesi March 2022-Now
Civil Engineering Vice-Chairperson Near East University 2017-2018



Civil Engineering Acting Chairperson Near East University 2013-2015
Graduate School of Applied Sciences Member of the Board Near East University 2018-2020;



E. Supervised Theses

a. Master’s Degree

    1. “Evaluation of  the Performance of Cement Mortars Prepared with Waste Glass and Bricks”, Hasan Dilek, NEU, June 2020.
    2. “Experimental Investigations on the Performance of RCA-Containing Concrete Exposed to Heating-Cooling Cycles ” Alhamza Derki, NEU, July, 2019.
    3. “The Effect of Aggregate Gradation on the Performance of Fresh and Hardened Cement Grout”, Ahmad Alazzeh, NEU, March 2019.
    4. “Evaluation of Carbonation Depth Progress and Compressive Strength Evolution of Existing RC Structures in Coastal and Inland Areas of N. Cyprus”, Qosai M. G. AlHaj Houseen, NEU, January 2019.
    5. “Comparison of Initial Setting Time Predictions of Cement Pastes by Using Artificial Neural Network and Multilinear Regression Analysis”- Mariya Ahmad Abubakar, NEU, August 2018.
    6. “A New Approach for Non-Destructive Determination of Concrete Compressive Strength by Using Radial Basis Function Network”- Saddam Naser Atiyah Al-Gburi, NEU, June 2018.
    7. “Experimental Studies on Structural Concrete Manufacture with Recycled Concrete Aggregates Aged in North Cyprus” –Hiba Muhammed Emin, NEU, June 2018.
    8. “Investigations on the Prediction of Concrete Carbonation Depth by Artificial Neural Networks”- Ikenna Desmond Uwanuakwa, NEU, September 2016.
    9. “A Preliminary Literature Survey Study for Launching Concrete Manufacture with the Inclusion of Recycled Materials in N. Cyprus – State of the Art on Concrete Made with Recycled Glass, Bricks and PVC” Adeyemi Adebisi Simeon, NEU, July 2015.
    10. “Experimental Investigations on The Permeability Characteristic of Self Compacting Concrete Mixes Made With Varying Constituents”- Shiru Shola Qasem, NEU, February 2015.
    11. “Experimental Investigations on the Potential Reactivity of Cyprus Aggregates Against AAR Problem In Concrete”- Andisheh Zahedi, NEU, Eylül, 2014.
    12. “Analyzing The Setting Behavior of Self Compacting Concrete Manufactured in North Cyprus”- Faiz Habib Anwar, NEU, July 2014.
    13. “Experimental Investigations on the Extent of Carbonation Problem In Reinforced Concrete Buildings in North Cyprus”- Salim Indris Malami, NEU, July 2014.

F. Publications

a. Publications listed under Web of Science (SSCI or SCI-Expanded)

    1. Al-Gburi S. N. A., Akpinar P., Helwan A. “Machine learning in concrete’s strength prediction.” Computers and Concrete, Vol. 29, No. 6, p 433-444 (2022).
    2. Toklu Y. C., Akpinar P. “Lunar Soils, Simulants and Lunar Construction Materials: An Overview”. Journal of Advances in Space Research. Vol 70, Issue 3, p 762-779 (2022).
    3. Zahedi A., Akpinar P. “A case study for exploring the alkali-aggregate reactivity of Cyprus aggregates”. Journal of Case Studies in Construction Materials, Volume 16, June 2022, e01000.
    4. Akpinar, P., Al Attar, H. “A case study on the viability of using increased quantities of recycled concrete aggregates in structural concrete for extending environmental conservation in North Cyprus”. Environ Earth Sci 80, 367 (2021).
    5. Akpinar P., Uwanuakwa I. D. “Investigation of the parameters influencing progress of concrete carbonation depth by using artificial neural networks”, Materiales de Construcción, Vol 70, No:337, 2020.
    6. Akpinar P., Casanova I. “A combined study of expansive and tensile strength evolution of mortars under sulfate attack: implications on durability assessment”. Materiales de Construcción, Vol. 60, Jan-March 2010, p. 59-68 DOI:


b. Publications listed under Scopus

    1. Akpinar P., Khashman A. “Intelligent Classification System for Concrete Compressive Strength”, Procedia Computer Science, Vol 120, 2017, pp. 712-718.
    2. Khashman A., Akpinar P. “Non-Destructive Prediction of Concrete Compressive Strength Using Neural Networks”, Procedia Computer Science, Vol 108, 2017, pp. 2358-2362.
    3. Akpinar P., Uwanuakwa I. D. “Intelligent Prediction of Concrete Carbonation Depth Using Neural Networks”. Bulletin of the Transilvania University of Braşov. Vol 9(58), No.2- 2016. Series III. Mathematics, Informatics, Physics, 99-108.


d. Conference Publications

    1. Akpinar P. , Rezaieh A.Z., “Comparision of the Alkali-Silica Reactivity of North Cyprus and South Cyprus aggregates: preliminary studies using RILEM method” 2nd International Conference on Energetics, Civil and Agricultural Engineering (ICECAE 2020), 14-16 Ekim, 2021, Taşkent, Özbekistan. E3S Web of Conferences 304, 02001 (2021) ICECAE 2021 (Scopus, Web of Science).
    2. Ngenge J.P.L., Akpinar P., “An overview on the experimental methods for the evaluation of properties and durability performance of RCA-containing concrete” 1st International Conference on Energetics, Civil and Agricultural Engineering (ICECAE 2020), 14-16 Ekim, 2020, Taşkent, Özbekistan.Best Paper Awardreceived. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science 614 (2020) 012076 IOP Publishing. doi:10.1088/1755-1315/614/1/012076 (Scopus, Web of Science)
    3. Al Haj Houseen Q., Akpinar P. “Evaluation of carbonation depth evolution tendencies of reinforced concrete buildings located in coastal and inland areas of North Cyprus”, 5th International Conference on New Advances in Civil Engineering (ICNACE 2019) IOP Conf. Series: Materials Science and Engineering 800 (2020) 012023 IOP Publishing doi:10.1088/1757-899X/800/1/012023 (Scopus, Web of Science).
    4. Akpinar P., Al Attar H. M. E. “The effect of silica fume inclusion on the properties of recycled concrete aggregate- containing concrete”, 5th International Conference on New Advances in Civil Engineering (ICNACE 2019), IOP Conf. Series: Materials Science and Engineering 800 (2020) 012001, IOP Publishing. doi:10.1088/1757-899X/800/1/012001 (Scopus, Web of Science).
    5. Toklu Y. C., Akpinar P. “Lunar Soil Simulants-An Assessment”, 9th International Conference on Recent Advances in Space Technologies. 11-14 June, 2019, İstanbul, Türkiye. DOI: 1109/RAST.2019.8767790 (Scopus, Web of Science)
    6. Malami S. I., Akpinar P., Lawan M. M. “Preliminary Investigation of Carbonation Problem Progress in Concrete Buildings of North Cyprus”, 4th International Conference on Civil, Offshore & Environmental Engineering (ICCOEE 2018), 13-14 August 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malesia. (Scopus)
    7. Akpinar P., Casanova I. A Preliminary Study on the Influence of the Sulfate Concentration on the Expansion Behavior of Portland Cements Exposed to External Sodium Sulfate Attack. 9th International Congress on Advances in Civil Engineering, (Book of Abstracts p. 120 (paper included in e-proceedings CD)) Karadeniz Teknik Üniversitesi, Trabzon, Türkiye-27-30Sept 2010.
    8. Akpinar P., Casanova I. Critical Evaluation of the Definition of “Sulfate-Resistance”-A Focus on the Flexural Strength Performance of SR Cements, 11th International Conference on Durability of Building Materials and Components (Proceedings Vol. I p. 263-270) May 2008, İstanbul Technical University, İstanbul, Türkiye.
    9. Akpinar P., Casanova I. Critical evaluation of standard tests methods for predicting the sulfate attack resistance of cementitious materials. Proceedings of the 6th  Conf. of Advances in Civil Engineering (Proceedings, p. 989-997) 6-8 October 2004, Boğaziçi Üniversitesi, İstanbul, Turkey.


 e. Other Publications

International Book Chapters:

    1. Uwanuakwa I. D., Akpinar P. “Investigations on the Influence of Variations in Hidden Neurons and Training Data Percentage on the Efficiency of Concrete Carbonation Depth Prediction with ANN”. Presented within the frame of :10th International Conference on Theory and Application of Soft Computing, Computing with Words and Perceptions – ICSCCW-2019, 27-28 Ağustos 2019, Prag –Çek Cumhuriyeti. Published as a part of: Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing Book Series (AISC), Volume 1095, pp.458-965. (WOS, Scopus)
    2. Abubakar M., Akpinar P. “Intelligent Prediction of Initial Setting Time for Cement Pastes by Using Artificial Neural Network”. Presented within the frame of: 10th International Conference on Theory and Application of Soft Computing, Computing with Words and Perceptions -ICSCCW-2019, 27-28 Ağustos 2019, Prague, Çek Cumhuriyeti. Published as a part of: Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing Book Series (AISC), Volume 1095, pp.950-957. (WOS, Scopus)


G. Research Topics

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pınar Akpınar carries out her studies mainly on the following four topics:

  1. Concrete Durability:

General concepts on concrete durability; experimental investigations on Sulfate Attack Problem in Concrete, Carbonation Problem in Concrete, Corrosion of Reinforcing bars in Concrete and Alkali-aggregate Reactions in Concrete. Investigations on the effects of different concrete parameters and exposure conditions on provoking these mentioned concrete durability problems.

  1. Determination of Concrete Performance in Concrete Using Artificial Intelligence

Using Artificial Intelligence, mainly Artificial Neural Networks, for the prediction and classification of concrete compressive strength, as well as for the prediction of other performance parameters concrete mixes exposed to concrete durability problems such as concrete carbonation.

  1. Using Waste Materials in Concrete Manufacture and Sustainability.

Employing waste glass, waste bricks as well as “recycled concrete aggregates” in the concrete mixes to replace the use natural aggregates; experimental investigations on fresh and hardened performance of such mixes.

  1. Lunar Soil Simulants and Lunar Construction Materials/Lunar Concrete

Using lunar regolith (soil) simulants for manufacture and for laboratory performance testing of lunar construction materials/lunar concretes that are eventually aimed to be used in building lunar outposts for space investigations.