Kemal Celik

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering

Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi



PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Kemal Celik is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at New York University Abu Dhabi and holds an appointment with New York University, Tandon School of Engineering as Research Assistant Professor. Dr. Celik is currently establishing and managing the Advanced Materials and Building Efficiency Laboratory (AMBER Lab) at NYU Abu Dhabi. He received his PhD degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of California, Berkeley with a major in Structural Engineering, Mechanics & Materials, and two minors in Geoengineering and Material Science & Engineering. He holds MS and BS degrees in Civil Engineering from Istanbul University.

Prior to joining New York University Abu Dhabi, Celik was a Postdoctoral Scholar at University of California, Berkeley, and Singapore-Berkeley Building Efficiency and Sustainability in the Tropics (SinBerBEST) program, an international collaboration led by University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Celik’s work focuses on construction materials and building energy efficiency to develop sustainable and multi-functional structural materials. To this end, he conducts multi-scale and interdisciplinary researches. His research interest includes characterization and development of sustainable and energy-efficient construction materials, low carbon cements, alkali-activated cementitious material, multi-functional building envelopes, and prediction and evaluation of daylight distribution through complex fenestration system with a hybrid-simulation integrating physical- and computational- based data.

His selected and recent achievements are University of California, Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, Berkeley Conference Grant, SCMT3 Outstanding Paper Award, Ministry of National Education of Turkey Scholarship, and Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) fellowship.

Research Interests

Sustainable structural materials; green concrete, green cement, pozzolanic systems Mechanical and thermal behavior of structural materials Durability performance of structural materials Micro- and Nano- structure of structural materials (LBNL Advanced Light Source, ANL- Advanced Photon Source Affiliate) Translucent and ultra-lightweight cement composites Building envelope systems; novel facades, daylight analysis, thermal performance