H. Chik M. Erzurumlu

H. chik M. Erzurumlu

M.S.C.E., 1962, Ph.D.C.E. 1970
Dean Emeritus and Professor, Retired
Portland State University

Dr. Chik Erzurumlu is Emeritus Dean and Professor of Civil Engineering at Portland State University (PSU). As the founding dean of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, he has provided the guiding influence in transforming a pre-engineering program into a comprehensive college of engineering that now has over 1900 majors enrolled in BS, MS, and PhD degree programs in five engineering fields and computer science.

Erzurumlu’s UT Austin connection began in 1960, where he received his MSCE in 1962, after which he joined PSU as an instructor in engineering. In 1968, he took a sabbatical leave to work on his PhDCE at UT Austin and received the degree in 1970.

Upon returning to PSU, he adopted a professional strategy involving teaching excellence, research productivity, and service to the institution and the profession. After serving as head of civil-structural engineering for four years, he was appointed as the founding dean of PSU’s newly established School of Engineering and Applied Science in 1980. He has over 30 publications and presentations in topics ranging from structural engineering to professional practice at international, national, and regional conferences.

Erzurumlu has also been very active in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) serving in leadership positions at the local and national levels. Currently, he represents ASCE on the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.

In recognition of his contributions to engineering education and the engineering profession, Erzurumlu was granted the Fellow status by both ASCE and NSPE. He received the Outstanding Engineer of the Year Award by the ASCE Oregon Section in 1985 and the Engineer of the Year Award by Professional Engineers of Oregon in 1999. Perhaps the greatest recognition came in 2004 when as part of an $8 million gift to the College by one his former students, Dr. Fariborz Maseeh, he received lasting recognition by the establishment of an endowment to name the Deanship of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science as the H. Chik M. Erzurumlu Dean.

Erzurumlu and his wife, Ulku, enjoy traveling, tennis, reading, opera, and watching the Longhorns win.

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