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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

March 13, 2017

CEE Professor Ali Touran has been awarded a $235K grant from the Construction Industry Institute (CII) for research on the application of Integrated Project Delivery for Industrial Projects.

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.