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Faculty Profile

Ali Touran

423 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Stanford University, 1980
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Stanford University, 1978
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Tehran University, 1977


  • Professional Engineer: Massachusetts

Research & Scholarship Interests

Risk assessment; construction cost/schedule uncertainty; project delivery systems; simulation; construction productivity
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Department Research Areas

Honors & Awards

  • 2009 President Award, Boston Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2006 Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2004 Best Paper Award, ASEE New England Section Annual Conference, Dedham, Mass
  • 1999 Person of the Year (1998/1999), CMAA New England Region Chapter
  • 1989 The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation Professional Merit Award

Teaching Interests

  •  Construction Management
  •  Cost Analysis
  •  Scheduling
  •  Applied Probability
  •  Simulation 

Professional Affiliations

  • American Public Works Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Boston Society of Civil Engineers
  • Construction Management Association of America
  • Construction Research Council
  • Journal of Construction Engineering & Management, ASCE

Selected Publications

  • P. Bakhshi, A. Touran. "A Method for Calculating Cost Correlation among Construction Projects in a Portfolio", International Journal of Architecture, Engineering and Construction, 1 (3), 2012, 134-141
  • P. Bakhshi, A. Touran. "A New Approach for Contingency Determination in a Portfolio of Construction Projects", Journal of Risk Analysis and Crisis Response, 2 (4), 2012, 223-232
  • A.P. Gurgun, A. Touran. "PPP Experience in the International Arena – Case of Turkey, Journal of Management in Engineering", ASCE, 10, 2013
  • A.P. Gurgun, Y. Zhang, A. Touran. "Schedule Contingency Analysis for Transit Projects Using a Simulation Approach", Journal of Civil Engineering & Management, 19 (4), 2013, 465-475
  • A.P. Gurgun, Y. Zhang, A. Touran "Schedule Contingency Analysis for Transit Projects Using a Simulation Approach", Journal of Civil Engineering & Management, 19(4), 2013, 465-475

Related News

June 25, 2014

Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Ali Touran was recently elected President of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers/ASCE.

October 17, 2012

The Construction Industry Institute has awarded CEE Professor Ali Touran $250K to determine the most effective way to manage large construction project portfolios.

January 24, 2012

CIV Professor Ali Touran has teamed up with Pioneer Institute to create a Massachusetts Transportation Dashboard to monitor how MassDOT is using tax dollars to reduce traffic congestion and increase throughput & safety.