Dr. Pelin Gultekin-Bicer is a VDC Project Manager at VIAtechnik, LLC, Chicago,IL. Before joining to Viatechnik, LLC, she worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction at Bradley University, Peoria, IL. She joined Bradley University in Fall 2015 after receiving her Ph.D. degree from Penn State, Architectural Engineering Department with her dissertation on design of a decision support system for energy efficient retrofit projects. Prior to her doctoral studies, she received a Master of Science degree under construction engineering and management option of the same department at Penn State and a Bachelor's degree of architecture from Izmir Institute of Technology in Turkey.
During her Ph.D. education, she worked on pre-con and construction processes of Penn State campus buildings. She provided services in the area of statistical data measurement and analysis of integrated project delivery, high-performance sustainable buildings, and virtual design and construction (VDC). Building on her background, she has been working on developing a vision for filling gap between actual and predicted energy performance of buildings, and interoperability of virtual design and construction models. She was a part of the Computer Integrated Construction (CIC) Research Programs’ in which team created BIM Execution Plan Template. Since her graduation, she has been working on projects focusing on energy and indoor air quality optimization in educational buildings; and design of a virtual geotechnical database and analysis tool for equipment selection in construction projects. She is currently collaborating with NASA on developing the rules of 3D Printing Competition under Centennial Challenges program to foster to autonomous technologies with the use of sustainable materials. Her responsibilities are providing constructability review of 3D printed structures which will set the first steps of 3D Printed structure standards.