Kemal Celik ,
Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering NYUAD; Global Network Assistant Professor NYU

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Kemal Celik

Kemal Celik is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at New York University in Abu Dhabi and holds an appointment with New York University, Tandon School of Engineering as Global Network Assistant Professor. Professor Celik is the director of the Advanced Materials and Building Efficiency Research Laboratory (AMBER Lab) at NYU Abu Dhabi. He received his PhD degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the 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 the 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 research. 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 the 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.

University of California, Berkeley, 2015
PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering


New York University, New York
Global Network Assistant Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering
August 2017 to present

New York University, Abu Dhabi
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
August 2017 to present

Berkeley Education Alliance Research in Singapore
Postdoctoral Scholar
May 2016 to July 2017

Postdoctoral Scholar
University of California, Berkeley
December 2015 to April 2016

University of California, Berkeley
Research and Development Engineer
September 2014 to December 2015

University of California, Berkeley
Graduate Student Researcher & Instructor
September 2010 to August 2014


Journal Articles

Other Publications

  • Lesimple, A., Dung, N. T., Hay, R., Unluer, C., Celik, K., Formation of hydrate and carbonate phases within reactive magnesia cement systems,  9th. Advances in Cement Based Materials (Cements 2018),organized by The American Ceramic Society, June 11-12, 2018, Pennsylvania,  USA (Accepted)
  • Hay, R., Celik, K., The effect of supplementary materials on structure and electrochemical properties of passive film on carbon steel in concrete and pore solution, Conference in honor of Centennial of Laboratory of Construction Materials and 60th Birthday Prof. Karen Scrivener, August 19-22, 2018, Lausanne, Switzerland (Accepted)
  • Celik, K., Mead, A. R., Mosalam, K.M., Hybrid Simulation for Daylighting of Complex Fenestration Systems for Building Envelopes, Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild co-organized by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA, September 26-28, 2018, Chicago, Illinois, USA (Under review)
  • Hay, R., Celik, K., Effect of aluminum inclusion on morphology and mechanical properties of calcium alumino silicate hydrate, 2nd Workshop on C-S-H containing aluminium: C-A-S-H II, April 23,-24, 2018, Empa, Dubendorf, Switzerland
  • Celik, K., Monteiro, P.J.M.,Padjama, K., Rheinheimer, V., Taylor, R., Wu, Y., Yu, L., Zhang, M-H., Development of Multi-Functional Energy-Efficient Structural Materials, The 1st International Conference on Construction Materials for Sustainable Future, 19-21 April 2017, Zadar, Croatia
  • Celik, K., Mead, A.R., Mosalam, K.M., Measuring diffuse daylight at SinBerBEST Testbed, CREATE Symposium 2017, 11 January, 2017, Singapore
  • Nguyen, W., Hernández-Cruz, D., Celik, K., Duncan, J.F., Monteiro, P.J.M., Ostertag, C.P.,     In-Situ tensile and corrosion damage characterization of fiber-reinforced cementitious composites using x-ray micro-computed tomography, 9th International Conference on Fracture Mechanics of Concrete and Concrete Structures, 22-25 May 2016, Berkeley, USA
  • Rheinheimer, V., Taylor R., Celik, K., Monteiro, P.J.M., Zhang, M-H, Imaging characterization of ultra-lightweight cement composites with low thermal conductivity, Urban Sustainability R&D Congress 2015, 9-10 July, 2015, Singapore
  • Günay, S., Celik, K., Hay, R., Casquero-Modrego, N., Mosalam, K.M, Developing the Manufacturing Technique of the Translucent Concrete Panels, Urban Sustainability R&D Congress 2015, 9-10 July, 2015, Singapore
  • Günay, S., Celik, K., McHale, A., Kreiger, B., Casquero-Modrego, N., Mosalam, K.M., and Monteiro, P.J.M., Mass Production of Translucent Concrete Panels with
  • White Ultra-Lightweight Cement Composites, Urban Sustainability R&D Congress 2015, 9-10 July, 2015, Singapore
  • Yoon, S., Galan, I., Celik, K., Glasser, F.P., & Imbabi, S.B., Characterization of Micro-Pore Structure in Novel Cement Matrices, 2014 Material Research Society Spring Meeting, 21-25 April 2014, San Francisco, USA
  • Celik, K., Meral, C., Mancio, M., Mehta, P. K., & Monteiro, P., A comparative study of self-consolidating concretes incorporating high-volume natural pozzolan or high-volume fly ash ,  The Third International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies (SCMT3) 18-21 August, 2013, Kyoto, Japan (Awarded as one of the best 15 papers among the 560 papers to publish in the special edition of Construction and Building Materials Journal)
  • Celik, K., Tosun, K, Meral, C., Moon, J., Itty, P-A, Parkinson D. McDowell, A.A., & Monteiro,  P.J.M. Investigation of DEF and ASR in Cement Based Material by Microtomography, 2012 Advanced Light Source User Meeting, 8-10 October 2012, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, USA
  • Celik, K., Kilinckale, F.M., “Effect of Pozzolanic Materials on The Durability of Blended Cements”, The First International Conference on Recent Advances in Concrete Technology (RAC07), 19-21 September 2007, Washington DC, USA
  • Kilinckale, F.M., Celik, K., “Comparison between Strength Properties of Separate Grinding Blended Cements and Intergrinding Blended Cements”, Ninth CANMET/ACI International Conference on Fly Ash, Silica fume, Slag and Natural Pozzolans in Concrete, May 27-June 1 2007, Warsaw, Poland
  • Kilinckale, F.M., Celik, K., A. Madak, “ The Effects of Polycarboxylate-Based Plasticizers on Properties of Cement Paste”, XX. National Chemistry Congress, 4-8 September, 2006, Kayseri, Turkey
  • Celik, K., F.M. Kilinckale, “The Effects of Mineral Admixtures and Physical Properties of Cement on Strength Performance of Mortars”, MBGAK 2005, 17-19 November, 2005, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Kilinckale, F.M., Celik, K., Kaya, H. “Effects of Type of Mineral Admixtures on the Properties of Mortars”, XVIII. National Chemistry Congress,1-5 July 2004 Kars, Turkey