Civil Engineering

Gokhan Saygili

Gokhan Saygili

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Civil Engineering
Building: RBS 1007
Phone: 903.565.5516


  • Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, UT Austin, 2008
  • M.S. Civil Engineering, Concordia University, Canada, 2005
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, 2002
  • P.E. Texas, 2010


Dr. Saygili received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008, started working at Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) the same year, and joined the faculty in the Civil Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Tyler in the fall of 2013. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas with experience in geotechnical research and analysis for oil and gas offshore development projects.

His research studies are related to geotechnical earthquake engineering with specific emphasis on the probabilistic assessment of geohazards (e.g. earthquake-induced ground failure and soil liquefaction). His current research is on the strength properties of stabilized flexible base course and subgrade aggregates. The objective for this research is to help DOTs reduce initial costs and reduce frequency and intensity of routine maintenance.

His main areas of industry experience include offshore foundation engineering for skirted subsea structures and piled foundations, geotechnical engineering interpretation of static and cyclic laboratory tests, deterministic and probabilistic submarine slope stability evaluations, seismic site response and cyclic degradation analyses of soil deposits, and numerical studies on torpedo anchors.

Research and Professional Highlights

Courses Taught:

  • CENG 3306 - Mechanics of Materials
  • CENG 3336 - Soil Mechanics and Foundation Design
  • CENG 4339 - Civil Engineering Construction Management
  • CENG 4381 - Foundation Design
  • CENG 5382 - Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering