Faculty/Staff Directory

Basak Aldemir-Bektas

  • Associate Scientist, Institute for Transportation
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Main Office

2711 S Loop Dr
Ames, IA 50010-8648
Phone: 515-294-4033
Fax: 515-294-0467


  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Specialization in Transportation Engineering, Iowa State University, 2011
  • M.S. Industrial Engineering, Specialization in Systems Management, Middle East Technical University (Turkey), 2006
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University (Turkey), 2002

Interest Areas

  • Transportation asset management
  • Sustainable infrastructure systems
  • Bridge management and preservation
  • Transportation safety
  • Transportation economics

Brief Biography

Aldemir-Bektas has been an adjunct assistant professor for Iowa State University's Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering since 2014. She also works as an associate scientist for Iowa State's Institute for Transportation (InTrans), where she has done research since 2012.

Honors and Awards

• International Road Federation (IRF) Executive Leader Fellow - 2008 • Gerald and Audrey Olson Professorship Research Award - 2009

Selected Publications

  1. Bektas, B. A.  (2017), Predicting NBI condition ratings from NBE condition data by recursive partitioning, Transportation Research Record 2612, DOI: 10.3141/2612-04.
  2. Bektas, B., Gkritza, K., and Smadi, O. (2016). "Pavement Marking Retroreflectivity and Crash Frequency: Segmentation, Line Type, and Imputation Effects." J. Transp. Eng. (DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)TE.1943-5436.0000863.)
  3. Bektas, B. A. (2016), Next Generation Bridge Management Tools and Inspection, Final Report, MnDOT. http://www.dot.state.mn.us/research/TS/2015/201547.pdf
  4. Smadi O., Hawkins, N., Bektas, B. A., Carlson, P., Pike, A., Davies, C. (2014), Recommended Laboratory Test for Predicting the Initial Retroreflectivity of Pavement Markings from Glass Bead Quality, Transportation Research Record, Issue 2440, Pages 94-102. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3141/2440-12)
  5. Bektas, F., Bektas, B. A. (2014) Analyzing mix parameters in ASR concrete using response surface methodology, Construction and Building Materials, Volume 66, 15 September 2014, Pages 299-305. (doi:10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2014.05.055)
  6. Michael Johnson, Bektas B. A. (2013), Defining Bridge Preservation by Action Type, Transportation Research Record, Issue 2360, Pages 21-26. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3141/2360-03)
  7. Bektas, B. A., Carriquiry, A., Smadi, O. (2012) Using Classification Trees for Predicting National Bridge Inventory Condition Ratings, ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems, Volume 19, Issue 4, Pages 425-433. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)IS.1943-555X.0000143)