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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

  • N. Montazeri, A Touran, Multi-Objective Reliability-Based Optimization of Life-cycle Maintenance for Bridges under Cost Uncertainty, Proceedings of the Construction Research Congress, ASCE, 2018, 2003
  • Touran, A. and F. Panah, Use of the Alternative Technical Concepts in Transportation Projects, ISEC 9 Conference, 2017
  • R. Tapia, D.D. Gransberg, A. Touran, Managing Scheduling Risk due to Geotechnical Uncertainty Using Linear Scheduling, Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., 2017
  • R. Masoumi, A. Touran, A Framework to Form Balanced Project Portfolios, Proceedings of the Construction Research Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2016
  • A. Touran, J. Liu, A Method for Estimating Contingency based on Project Complexity, Procedia Engineering, Elsevier, 123, 2015, 574-580
  • A.P. Gurgun, A. Touran, Public-Private Partnership Experience in the International Arena: Case of Turkey, Journal of Management in Engineering, 30(6), 2014

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May 2, 2019

Civil Engineering student Alessandro Mazzotta was awarded a Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Graduate Student Award by the organization’s New England Chapter. Alessandro, a...

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.

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