Semra Çomu

Rank & Status: 

Assistant Professor, full time

Phone Number: 

 +90(212) 359-4841

Fax: 

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

E-Mail: 

semra.comu[at]boun.edu.tr

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

  • Kiral, I.A. and Comu S.  “Using Virtual Reality for Safety Training in the Construction Industry: A Meta-Analysis”(Working Paper)
  • Comu, S., Taylor, J.E., Dossick, C.S., Spanning the Cross-national Boundary in Global Projects: Assessing the Significance of Facilitation and Visualization Technologies in Global Virtual Project Networks, (Under Review).
  • 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.

 

Conference Proceedings

  • 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, 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 58Z: Global Virtual Design and Construction, 3 hrs. lecture.
  • CE 48G: Financing Construction Projects, 3 hrs. lecture.
  • CE 58F: Risk Management and Decision Analysis, 3 hrs. lecture.
  • CEM 503: Engineering Economics, 3hrs. lecture.
Awards: 
  • 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.