Semra Çomu Yapıcı

Rank & Status: 

Assistant Professor, full time

Phone Number: 

 +90(212) 359-4841

Fax: 

+90(212) 287-2457, +90(212) 265-8488

Education: 
Ph.D. Civil Engineering Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA 2012
M.S. Civil Engineering Columbia University, New York, NY, USA 2010
B.S. Civil Engineering Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey 2008
 
Service on the Faculty: 
Assistant Professor 2013-Present
 
Experience: 

Responsibility

Location

Date

Lecturer

Bogazici University

Summer 2013

Research Assistant

Virginia Tech

07/ 2011 – 12 / 2012

Research Assistant

Columbia University

09/2008 – 07 /2011

Publications: 

 

Journal Publications

  • Çomu, S., Elibol, A.Y., Yucel, B., (2021). A Risk Assessment Model of Commercial Real Estate Development Projects in Developing Countries. Journal of Construction Engineering, Management & Innovation, Doi: 10.31462/jcemi.2021.01052067
  • Kazar, G. and Comu, S. (In Press). Effectiveness of Serious Games for Safety Training: A Mixed Method Study. ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management.
  • Kazar, G. and Comu, S.(2021). Exploring the relations between the physiological factors and the likelihood of accidents on construction sites. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Doi: 10.1108/ECAM-11-2020-0958 
  • Kazar, G. and Comu, S. (2022). Developing a Virtual Safety Training Tool for Scaffolding and Formwork Activities. Teknik Dergi, 33(2), Doi: 10.18400/tekderg.711091
  • Çomu, S., Kural, Z., Yucel, B., (2020). Selecting the Appropriate Project Delivery Method for Real Estate Projects Using Fuzzy AHP. Journal of Construction Engineering, Management & Innovation, 3(4), Doi: 10.31462/jcemi.2020.04249263
  • Chen Jiayu,Taylor John E,ÇOMU SEMRA (2017). Assessing Task Mental Workload in Construction Projects:A Novel Electroencephalography Approach. ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 143(8), 40170531-401705313., Doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001345
  • Comu, S., Taylor, J.E., and Messner, J., Two-Dimensional Globalizing Index for Engineering and Construction Companies,ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering31(2), 04014031, 2015.
  • Comu, S., Iorio, J., Taylor, J., Dossick, C., Quantifying the Impact of Facilitation on Transactive Memory System Formation in Global Virtual Project Networks, ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 139(3): 294-303, 2013.
  • Comu, S., Unsal, H., Taylor, J.E., The Dual Impact of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity on Project Network Performance, ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering, 27(3):179-187, 2011.
 
Book Chapter
  • Taylor, J., Alin, P., Anderson, A., Comu, S., Dossick, C.S., Hartmann, T., Iorio, J., Mahalingam, A., Mohammadi, N. (accepted for publication). “CyberGRID: A Virtual Workspace for Architecture, Engineering and Construction.” In Transforming Engineering Education through Innovative Computer Mediated Learning Technologies (Eds) Mutis, I., Fruchter, R. Behzadan, A. Menassa, C. American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, VA. 
 

Conference Proceedings

  • Marwa Z., Çomu S., (2019). Evaluation of Virtual Safety Training Tool Application with Construction Workers. 2019 European Conference on Computing in Construction
  • Ha, S., Mohammadi, N., Soysal, S., Taylor, J.E., Francisco, A., Flanagan S., and Comu S.(2018) “Exploring Future Stakeholder Feedback on Performance-based Design across the Virtuality Continuum” CIB W78 – 2018 Chicago, USA.
  • Soysal, S. and Comu, S., (2018) “The Impact of User Behavior on the Retrofitting Decision for Dormitory Buildings-A Case Study On Sarıtepe Campus Dormitory” 5th international Project and Construction Management Conference (IPCMC2018).
  • Kazar G. and Comu S. (2018) The Comparison of Real-Time Energy Consumption and Occupant Survey Results, Congress on Advances in Civil Engineering 2018, Izmir, Turkey.
  • Kıral, I. A., Comu, (2017) “Safety Training for Scaffolding and formwork Construction by Using Virtual Environment” In: Proc. Lean & Computing in Construction Congress (LC3), Crete, Greece.
  • Comu S., Taylor J.E., Dossick C.S., Iorio J., Anderson A., Shealy T., and Mohammadi N. (2017). “Examining The Effect of Boundary Spanning Technologies in Virtual Project Teams.” In: Proc. Lean & Computing in Construction Congress (LC3), Crete, Greece.
  • Olsen, C. W., Shealy, T., Paige, F., Taylor, J., Anderson, A., Frye, N., Comu, S. (2017) "Do Virtual Worlds Amplify or Reduce Cognitive Bias in Group Decision Making: An Investigation During the Design of a Bio-Inspired Building" Engineering Project Organization Conference.
  • Kıral, I. A., Comu, S. Cheng, J. and Taylor J.E. (2016) “Virtual Collaborative Safety Training For The Crane Operations” The 2016 International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality, Hong Kong.
  • Sebzeci, C., Comu, S. and Kiral, I.A. (2016) “Identifying Construction Risk Sources By Virtual Environments” The 2016 International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality, Hong Kong.
  • Kiral, I.A. and Comu S. (2016) “Review on the Effectiveness of Virtual Safety Training Methods in the Construction Industry” Congress on Advances in Civil Engineering 2016, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Kazar G. and Comu S. (2016) “The Impact of User Schedule on Energy Consumption - A Case Study of Kilyos Saritepe Campus Dormitories” Congress on Advances in Civil Engineering 2016, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Anderson A., Frye, N., Comu, S. and Taylor, J.E. (2015) “Enabling Bio-Inspired Design and Analysis In Global Project Networks Using A 3d Virtual Environment” The 2015 International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality, Banff, Alberta.
  • Kıral, I. A., Çomu, S. and Kavaklioglu C. “Enhancing the Construction Safety Training by Using Virtual Environment: V-SAFE.” 5th International/11th Construction Specialty Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2015.
  • Kıral, I. A., Sahinkaya, M. and Çomu, S. “Virtual Workspaces in Global Collaboration and Civil Engineering Education” Project and Construction Management Congress (Proje ve Yapım Yönetimi Kongresi) 2014.
  • Taylor, J.E.,  Çomu, S., Dossick, C., Hartmann, T., Iorio, J., Mahalingam, A. and Alin, P. (2014) “Virtual Workspaces in Architecture, Engineering and Construction: Challenges, Opportunities and Future Directions”  Congress on Advances in Civil Engineering 2014
  • Kıral, I. A., Kural, Z. and Çomu, S. “Risk Identification in Construction Projects: Using the Delphi Method” Congress on Advances in Civil Engineering 2014.
  • Comu, S., Taylor, J., and Dossick, C. (2014) “Comparing Global versus Domestic Project Network Facilitation in Virtual Workspaces.” Construction Research Congress 2014: pp. 2175-2184, Atlanta, GA. American Society of Civil Engineers, 2014.
  • Comu, S., Taylor, J.E., Messner, J., Two-Dimensional Globalizing Index and Globalizing Self-Assessment Tool for Engineering and Construction Companies, In Proceedings of the 2012 ASCE Construction Research Congress, H. Cai, A. Kandil, M. Hastak and P. Dunston (Eds.), pp.2520-2529, Reston, VA: American Society of Civil Engineers, 2012.
  • Comu, S., Iorio, J., Taylor, J.E., Dossick, C.S., The Impact of Facilitation on Transactive Memory System Formation in Global Virtual Project, working paper, Proceedings of the 2011 Engineering Project Organizations Conference, M. Toole (Ed.), Estes Park, CO, August, 2011.

 

Presentations

  • Poster Presentation Kazar, G., Comu, S. (2018) “Sanal Ortam Kullanılarak İskele Kurulumu ve Kalıp İnşaatı İçin İş Güvenlik Eğitimi” 9. Uluslararası İş Sağlığı ve Güvenliği Kongresi.
  • Poster Presentation, The Dual Impact of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity on Project Network Performance, American Society of Civil Engineers Construction Research Congress, West Lafayette, IN, May 2012.
  • Poster Presentation, The Impact of Facilitation on Transactive Memory System Formation in Global Virtual Project Networks, Construction Industry Institute Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, July 2011.
  • Invited Symposium, Quantifying the Impact of Facilitation on Transactive Memory System Formation in Global Virtual Project Networks, 2nd Annual Durham School Ph.D. Symposium, Lincoln, Nebraska, March 2012.
  • Invited Presentation, The Impact of Facilitation on Transactive Memory System Formation in Global Virtual Project Networks, Construction Management Association of America Annual Conference, Washington, DC, November 2011.

Technical Reports

  • Comu, S., Taylor, J., and Messner, J., Globalization: Building a Successful Global EPC Organization, Construction Industry Institute Research Report 263-11, Austin, TX, 2010.
  • Taylor, J., Comu, S., Messner, J., et al., Globalizing Self-assessment Tool (G-SAT) User’s Guide, Construction Industry Institute IR263-2, Austin, TX, 2010.
  • Taylor, J., Comu, S., Messner, J., et al., Globalization: Building a Successful Global EPC Organization, Construction Industry Institute Research Summary RS263-1, Austin, TX, 2010.

 

Courses: 
  • CE 402: Civil Engineering Systems Analysis, 3 hrs. lecture.
  • CE 495: Introduction to Building Information Modeling, 3 hrs. lecture
  • CE 58Z: Global Virtual Design and Construction, 3 hrs. lecture.
  • CE 48G: Financing Construction Projects, 3 hrs. lecture.
  • CE 571: Risk Management and Decision Analysis, 3 hrs. lecture.
  • CEM 503: Engineering Economics, 3hrs. lecture.
  • CEM 509: Financial Management in Construction, 3hrs. lecture.
  • CEM 596: Building Information Modeling, 3 hrs. lecture
Awards: 
  • Measuring the Virtual Construction Safety Training Effectiveness by Using Eye-Tracking Technologies BAP Grant #13202 (PI)
  • Developing an Virtual Environment Based Occupational Health and Safety Simulation Tool – Funded through TUBITAK Grant # 315M186 (PI)
  • Urban Lab Project – Funded through BAP Grant # 15A04S4 (Researcher)
  • The Outstanding Vecellio Construction Engineering and Management Program Young Alumnus for 2015
  • Developing An Internet Based Occupational Health and Safety Training Tool – Funded through BAP Grant # 7902 (PI)
  • Research scholarship through NSF Grant # 1122206 at Virginia Tech, 2012.
  • Myers-Lawson School of Construction Doctoral Assistantship at Virginia Tech, 2011-2012.
  • Engineering Project Organization Society PhD Scholarship for EPOC Conference, 2011.
  • Full academic and research scholarship through NSF Grant #1212673 (formerly #0943069) at Columbia University, 2010-2011.
  • Fulbright Grant at Columbia University, 2008-2010.
  • Construction Industry Institute Research Grant at Columbia University, 2008-2010.
  • Vedat Yerlici Award at Bogazici University, 2008.