Faculty Profile

BIOGRAPHY

  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1971.
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1969.
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University, 1967.

Dr. Aral specializes in large scale environmental simulations in surface water and groundwater specialization areas. A licensed professional engineer (PE), he also has expertise in environmental exposure analysis, exposure-dose reconstruction and health risk assessment. He has numerous publications in these areas and actively pursues a state-of-the-art research program in these topics within the activities of the Multimedia Environmental Simulations Laboratory (MESL). The research activities of the MESL program can be found on the web site: http://www.ce.gatech.edu/research/MESL/

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Large scale environmental simulations in surface water and groundwater
  • Environmental exposure analysis
  • Exposure-dose reconstruction
  • Health risk assessment

HONORS & AWARDS

  • 2015, Grand Prize in Environmental Engineering Award in Research Category by American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE). Research Topic: “Using Environmental Engineering Tools, Scientific Analyses, and Epidemiological Studies to Quantify Human Exposure to Contaminated Drinking Water and to Benefit Public Health," Awarded to ATSDR – MESL/GT Research Group.
  • 2013, Sustained Interdisciplinary Research Award, in Recognition for Developing a Consistent, Comprehensive and Integrated Research Program within CEE, Georgia Institute of Technology.
  • 2011, USPHS Engineering Literary Award, for an outstanding Engineering Management Paper entitled “Stochastic Analysis of Pesticide Transport in the Shallow Groundwater of Oatland Island, Georgia.” Published in the International Journal on Water Quality, Exposure and Health, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 47-64.
  • 2011, Founders Award, American Institute of Hydrology for dedicated contribution to the profession.
  • 2011, James R. Croes Medal, ASCE EWRI, for the paper: “Optimal Design of Sensor Placement in Water Distribution Systems,” ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, Vol. 136, No. 1, pp.5-18, 2010.
  • 2010. Fellow ASCE, ASCE, EWRI.
  • 2010, Life Member, ASCE EWRI.
  • 2010, Outstanding Service Award, ASCE EWRI, for Groundwater Hydrology Committee Chair activities under EWRI Groundwater Council.
  • 2010, US Public Health Service Engineering Best Paper Award, CDC, DHHS. "Reconstructing Historical Exposures to Volatile Organic Compound-Contaminated Drinking Water at a U.S. Military Base," Journal of Water Quality, Exposure and Health, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 49-68, (with co-authors).
  • 2010, Best Paper Award, ASCE Water Resources Management Council, for the technical paper “Saltwater Intrusion Hydrodynamics in a Tidal Beach,” ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, Vol. 13, No. 9: pp. 863-872126 (with co-authors).
  • 2006, Excellence in Applied Environmental Health Research, National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for our work in assisting NCEH/CDC in an epidemiological study of childhood leukemia and central nervous system cancers that occurred in the period 1979 through 1996 in Dover Township, New Jersey and Camp Lejeune (Air Force Army Base) at North Carolina.
  • 2005, Engineering Technical Excellence Award, Public Health Service, USDHHS for the technical paper: “ACTS - A Multimedia Environmental Fate and Transport Analysis System." in ASCE Practice Periodical of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste Management, published in 2004 (with co-authors).
  • 2003, Excellence in Environmental Engineering Award in Research Category, American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE). Research Topic: “Enhancing Environmental Engineering Science to Benefit Public Health: Integrating Hydraulic Network Modeling, Spatial Analysis, and Genetic Algorithms with Epidemiologic Studies," Awarded to ATSDR – MESL/GT Research Group.
  • 2000, Best Practice Oriented Paper Award, ASCE Environmental & Water Resources Institute Planning and Management Council, for the technical paper “Using Water-Distribution System Modeling to Assist Epidemiologic Investigations,” ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, Vol. 126, No. 4, 2000 (with co-authors).
  • 2000, Cuming Award 2000, The Society of American Military Engineers award to Dover Township Water Distribution System Modeling Research Team.
  • 1998, Honorary Professor of Environmental Sciences, Huazong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Peoples Republic of China.
  • 1998, Engineering Literary Excellence Award, Public Health Serv., USDHHS for the technical paper: “Exposure Assessment Using Analytical and Numerical Models: A Case Study,” in ASCE Practice Periodical of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive waste Management, April 1998 (with co-authors).
  • 1997, Award of Appreciation, in acknowledgment of contributions to the organization of the International Conference on Geology and Environment (GeoEnv’97), September 1997.
  • 1997, Science Publication Award, ATSDR, US DHHS, for the technical paper: “Use of Computational models to Reconstruct and Predict Trichloroethylene Exposure,” in Toxicology and Industrial Health, April 1997 (with co-authors).
  • 1997, Research Program Development Award, in Recognition for Developing a Consistent and Comprehensive Research Program in Environmental Health, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, May 1997.
  • 1996, Engineering Technical Excellence Award, Public Health Serv., USDHHS 1996 for the technical paper: “Estimating Exposure to VOCs from Municipal Water System Pipelines: Use and Application of a Computational Model, Archives of Environmental Health, May 1996 (with co-authors).
  • 1995, Award of Recognition, for the Organization of the East-West Advanced Study Institute on Environmental Issues, NATO, Scientific and Environmental Affairs Division, August 1995.
  • 1986, Best Teacher Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, June 1986.
  • 1986, Sigma Xi Research Society.
  • 1986, Outstanding Faculty Member, Georgia Institute of Technology, May 1986.
  • 1984, Award of Appreciation, in acknowledgment of contributions to the organization of the ASCE International Conference held in Atlanta, American Society of Civil Engineers, June 1984.
  • 1980, Who is Who in Science, Engineering and Education series since 1980.
  • 1976, NATO, Science Fellowship, September 1976.
  • 1976, Best Teacher Award, Middle East Technical Univ., Mathematics Department, May 1976.
  • 1973, NATO, Science Fellowship, September 1973.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

ARTICLES
  • Aral, M. M. and Nam, K. (2015). “Optimal Monitoring Network Design for Wind Driven and Tidal Estuaries,” ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering (Invited Special Issue paper).
  • Aral, M. M. (2015). Climate Change and Persistent High Temperatures: Does it Matter? Frontiers in Environmental Science, Section on Interdisciplinary Climate Studies. DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2014.00045.
  • Chang, B., Guan, J. and Aral, M. M. (2015). “A Scientific Discourse: Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise,” ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering (Invited Special Issue paper), Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. A4014003-1–14. DOI: 10.1061/ (ASCE) HE. 1943-5584.0000860.
  • Morgan, W. and Aral, M. M. (2015). An implicitly coupled hydro-geomechanical model for hydraulic fracture simulation with the discontinuous deformation analysis, International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences. DOI 10.1016/j.ijrmms.2014.09.021.
  • Zhang, A. and Aral, M. M. (2015). Characterization of CO2 Injection into Deep Saline Aquifers Using Two-phase Darcy-Forchheimer Flow, ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001097.
BOOKS
  • Aral, M. M. (2011) “Environmental Modeling and Health Risk Analysis,” Springer Publishers, Berlin, 487p., ISBN 978‐90‐481‐8607‐5.
  • Aral, M. M., “Groundwater Management Closure,” Chapter 14 in Groundwater Quality and Quantity Management, Editors Aral, M. M. and Taylor, S., ASCE, pp. 560-568, ISBN-978-0-7844-1176-6,2011.
  • Jang, W. and Aral, M. M., “In-Situ Air Sparging and Thermal Venting in Ground Water Remediation,” Chapter 11 in Groundwater Quality and Quantity Management, Editors Aral, M. M. and Taylor, S., ASCE, pp. 530-575, ISBN-978-0-7844-1176-6, 2011.
  • Aral, M. M. and Taylor, S., “Groundwater Quality and Quantity Management,” ASCE, 573p, ISBN-978-0-7844-1176-6, 2011.
  • Aral, M. M. , “Saltwater Intrusion Management in Urban Area Aquifers - A Case Study for Savannah, Georgia,“ The Effects of Urbanization on Groundwater: An Engineering Case-based Approach for Sustainable Development, Editor, Ni-Bin Chang, ASCE/EWRI publication, pp. 51-89, 2010.
PROCEEDINGS
  • Kentel, E., Gunduz, O. and Aral, M. M. (2015). “Critical Infrastructure Management: Risk, Resilience, Extent Concepts,” The International Emergency Management Society 2015 Annual Conference, 30th September - 2nd October 2015, Rome, Italy.
  • Morgan, W. and Aral, MM. (2015). “Modeling Hydraulic Fracturing in Pre-Fractured Rock Using the Discontinuous Deformation Analysis." 49th U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, June 28 – July 1, 2015, San Francisco, USA.
  • Aral, MM. (2014). Application of Water-Modeling Tools to Reconstruct Historical Drinking Water Concentrations in Epidemiological Studies, Exposure Science Integration to Protect Ecological Systems, Human Well-Being, and Occupational Health 24th Annual Conference of The International Society of Exposure Science, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Chang, B, Guan, J and Aral MM (2013). “Spatial Analysis of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise,” ASCE, EWRI, IPWE 2013 Congress, Izmir, Turkey, January 2013.
  • Dede, OT, Telci, IT and Aral MM (2013). “Water Quality Index Assessment of Surface Waters near Ankara, Turkey,” ASCE, EWRI, IPWE 2013 Congress, Izmir, Turkey, January 2013.
REPORTS
  • Aral, M. M. and Guan J., Phase II Analysis of Chinese Drywall Emissions, Uncertainty Analysis, MESL-02-13, 74p. 2013.
  • Aral, M. M. and Guan J., Phase I Analysis of Chinese Drywall Emissions, A Deterministic Analysis, MESL‐01‐13, 22p. 2013. Aral, M. M. and Guan J., Phase II Analysis of Chinese Drywall Emissions, Uncertainty Analysis, MESL‐02‐13, 74p. 2013.
  • Telci IT, Sautner JB, Suárez‐Soto RJ, Anderson BA, Maslia ML, and Aral MM. Development and Application of a Methodology to Characterize Present‐Day and Historical Water‐Supply Mustafa M. Aral Page 19 1/30/2013 Well Operations—Supplement 2. In: Maslia ML, Suárez‐Soto RJ, Sautner JB, Anderson BA, Jones LE, Faye RE, Aral MM, Guan J, Jang W, Telci IT, Grayman WM, Bove FJ, Ruckart PZ, and Moore SM. Analyses and Historical Reconstruction of Groundwater Flow, Contaminant Fate and Transport, and Distribution of Drinking Water Within the Service Areas of the Hadnot Point and Holcomb Boulevard Water Treatment Plants and Vicinities, U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina—Chapter A: Summary and Findings. Atlanta, GA: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry; 2013.
  • Guan J., Anderson BA, Aral MM, and Maslia ML. Theory, Development, and Application of Linear Control Model Methodology to Reconstruct Historical Contaminant Concentrations at Selected Water‐Supply Wells—Supplement 5. In: Maslia ML, Suárez‐Soto RJ, Sautner JB, Anderson BA, Jones LE, Faye RE, Aral MM, Guan J, Jang W, Telci IT, Grayman WM, Bove FJ, Ruckart PZ, and Moore SM. Analyses and Historical Reconstruction of Groundwater Flow, Contaminant Fate and Transport, and Distribution of Drinking Water Within the Service Areas of the Hadnot Point and Holcomb Boulevard Water Treatment Plants and Vicinities, U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina—Chapter A: Summary and Findings. Atlanta, GA: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry; 2013.
  • Jang W, Anderson BA, Suárez‐Soto RJ, Aral MM, and Maslia ML. Source Characterization and Simulation of the Migration of Light Nonaqueous Phase Liquids (LNAPLs) in the Vicinity of the Hadnot Point Industrial Area—Supplement 7. In: Maslia ML, Suárez‐Soto RJ, Sautner JB, Anderson BA, Jones LE, Faye RE, Aral MM, Guan J, Jang W, Telci IT, Grayman WM, Bove FJ, Ruckart PZ, and Moore SM. Analyses and Historical Reconstruction of Groundwater Flow, Contaminant Fate and Transport, and Distribution of Drinking Water Within the Service Areas of the Hadnot Point and Holcomb Boulevard Water Treatment Plants and Vicinities, U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina—Chapter A: Summary and Findings. Atlanta, GA: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry; 2013.