Semra Çomu
Rank & Status
Contact Information
Education
Service on This Faculty
Other Related Experience
Research Interests
Publications
Research Projects
Honors and Awards
Courses Taught
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Rank & Status
Assistant Professor, full time
Contact Information
Bogazici University
Department of Civil Engineering
34342 Bebek-Istanbul/TURKEY
Tel: +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 This Faculty
Assistant Professor 2013-Present

Other Related 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

Research Interests
Global Project Networks, Project Management, Virtual Collaboration, Occupational Health and Safety Management, Risk Management, Social Network Analysis, Knowledge Management.
Publications
Journal Publications
  • 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, International Journal of Project Management (under review).
  • Comu, S., Taylor, J.E., and Messner, J., Two-Dimensional Globalizing Index for Engineering and Construction Companies, ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering (2013, in press).
  • 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
  • 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.
Conference 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.

Research Projects
  • CyberGRID Networks - Cyber-enabled Global Research Infrastructure for Design Networks, NSF #1212673.
  • Building a Successful Global Engineering and Construction Organization, Construction Industry Institute Research Project 263.

Honors and Awards
  • 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 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.

Courses Taught
  • CE 402: Civil Engineering Systems Analysis, 3 hrs. lecture.