Murat Utku, Ph.D., P.E., D.CE, F.ASCE, watershed/coastal science and engineering practice lead at OBG and a nationally recognized expert in protecting, sustaining, and managing natural features, facilities, and infrastructure in watersheds and coastal settings, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Utku’s work has focused on resiliency projects since more frequently occurring extreme weather events, such as Superstorm Sandy, have become the new drivers compelling communities and agencies to identify effective mechanisms for enhancing resilience. He believes new and innovative approaches must be at the forefront of increasing resiliency and reducing the risks of coastal hazards. He has contributed to project savings for public clients via sound designs, negotiations between various agencies, and reverse engineering to solve critical issues by using innovative solutions and ideas.
Prior to joining OBG (formerly O’Brien and Gere) in 2017, Utku held various leadership roles throughout his career in the engineering consulting field. He has contributed to the profession of civil/coastal engineering through sustained leadership in research, business, management, and continued involvement with engineering society activities, as well as through teaching resiliency classes to college students.
A member of ASCE since 1995, he is also devoted to the advancement of civil engineering as a profession. He led the establishment of a local North Jersey Chapter of COPRI (Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute) and has served as Governing Board Member (secretary) of COPRI since 2016.
Utku holds a bachelor, master’s, and Ph.D. degree in civil/coastal engineering from Middle East Technical University and Old Dominion Universities. He is a Diplomate of Coastal Engineering and a registered professional engineer in New Jersey, Texas, and Louisiana.