Baris Salman

Assistant Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering


  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Cincinnati (2010)
  • B.Sc. (with honors) in Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University (2004)

Lab/Center Affiliations:

  • University Transportation Research Center (UTRC) – Region 2
  • Transportation for Livability by Integrating Vehicles and the Environment (TranLIVE)

Research Interests:

  • Infrastructure Asset Management
  • Deterioration Modeling
  • Sustainable Civil Infrastructure Systems
  • Risk Assessment and Management
  • Accelerated and Fast Track Construction
  • Trenchless Inspection, Repair, and Renewal Methods

Current Research:

Dr. Salman’s research interests lie in the broad area of infrastructure asset management, and particularly on the processes of development of deterioration models and risk assessment procedures, and execution of sustainable repair, rehabilitation, and replacement practices. He has been involved in research projects that focus on various aspects of management of drainage infrastructure systems, wastewater collection lines, and transportation systems. Dr. Salman’s current research efforts aim to support these studies and are directed towards improvement of the decision-making strategies involved in different stages of infrastructure management practices. He is currently leading a research project in which the objective is to investigate innovative maintenance, repair, and rehabilitation (MRR) techniques that can be applied to asphalt roadways in an effort to reduce the economic, environmental, and social impacts associated with these activities.

Courses Taught:

  • Construction Estimating and Scheduling
  • Sustainable Development and Infrastructure Management
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Measurements
  • Introduction to Geomatics and BIM
  • Engineering Materials
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Construction Project Management
  • Engineering Economics


  • Outstanding Reviewer Award. Journal of Infrastructure Systems (ASCE), 2013

Selected Publications:

Salem, O., Salman, B., and Ghorai, S. (in review). “Accelerating construction of roadway bridges using alternative techniques and procurement methods.” Transport, Taylor and Francis.

Chen, X., Salem, O., and Salman, B. (in review). “A life cycle Benefit / Cost analysis framework for ramp metering deployments.” 95th Annual Conference of Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C.

He, S., Salem, O., and Salman, B. (in review). “An asset management framework for Transportation Systems Management and Operations components.” 95th Annual Conference of Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C.

Salem, O., Ghorai, S., Salman, B., and Aboutaha, R. (2014). “A decision support framework for accelerated bridge construction.” Proc. 93rd Annual Conference of Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C

Salem, O., Salman, B., and Najafi, M. (2012). “Culvert asset management practices and developing a deterioration model for metal culverts.” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board No.2285, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, D.C., pp. 1-7.

Salman, B., and Salem, O. (2012). “Risk assessment of wastewater collection lines based on failure models and criticality.” Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice, 3(3), pp.68-76.

Salman, B., and Salem, O. (2012). “Modeling failure of wastewater collection lines using various section-level regression models”, Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 18(2), pp. 146-154.

Salem, O., Salman, B., Najafi, M., and Moawad, A. (2010) “Use of trenchless technologies for a comprehensive asset management of culverts and drainage structures.” Proc. International Conference on Pipeline Engineering and Construction, ASCE

Salem, O., Salman, B., and Najafi, M. (2009) “An asset management approach for roadway drainage infrastructure.” Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Pavements and Technological Control, Turin, Italy.

Bhattachar, D., Najafi, M., Salem, O., Funkhouser, P., and Salman, B. (2007) “Development of an asset management framework for culvert inventory and inspection.” Proc. ASCE International Conference on Pipeline Engineering and Construction, ASCE.