Dr. Mesut Pervizpour conducts research on coupled phenomena in porous media. His research focuses on single or multiphase fluid and heat flow and the material response of soft porous media from the small strain-high frequency stage to the large strain-instantaneous impact-loading stage.

Dr. Pervizpour uses a system-level approach in his research by integrating experimental and computational approaches within a parameter estimation methodology.

He has also worked on and managed various infrastructural projects developing real-time bridge health monitoring and asset management systems with the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).


Teaching and Service

Before coming to Lehigh University Dr. Pervizpour served on the faculties of Widener University and Lafayette College. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses  in geotechnical engineering and design topics, groundwater hydrology, computational methods, project management, and transportation engineering. He has advised four M.S. students, more than 15 undergraduate research students, and served on four doctoral dissertation committees.

Dr. Pervizpour is a member of International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He has also served on the board of the Delaware Valley Geotechnical Institute (DVGI), and as a representative for Delaware Regional Planning Committee (DVRPC). In addition, he is a co-adviser of the Lehigh ASCE Student Chapter.

Dr. Pervizpour also serves as a reviewer for several journals in geotechnical, foundations and geoenvironmental engineering.


Selected Publications

Pervizpour, M., Pamukcu, S., Moo-Young, H., “Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Hydrocarbon-Contaminated Porous Media,” J. Comput. Civ. Eng., ASCE 13(2), 96–102, 1999. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)0887-3801(1999)13:2(96)

Ciloglu, K., Catbas, F.N., Pervizpour, M., Wang, A. and Aktan, A.E., “Structural Identification of Phenomenological Physical Models With Controlled Mechanisms of Uncertainty”, Paper presented at SPIE’ s 6th International Symposium on NDE for Health Monitoring and Diagnostics, March 4-8, 2001, SPIE Conference Proceedings, Newport Beach.

Catbas, F.N., Pervizpour, M., Grimmelsman, K.A. and Aktan, A.E., “The Health Monitoring Paradigm for Infrastructure Systems,” Proceedings of the Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring and Diagnostics of Bridge Infrastructure, held at the University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, March 7-8, 2003.

McElroy, M. Jr., Pervizpour, M., and Pamukcu, S., “Three Dimensional Finite Element Modeling of Stacked Geotextile Tubes for Embankment Stabilization,” Proceedings of 11th Int. Conf. on Civil, Structural and Environmental Eng. Computing, B.H.V. Topping (ed.), Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, Scotland, ISBN 978-1-905088-15-7.

Cui, Q., Pamukcu, S., Xiao, W., Guintrand, C., Toulouse, J., Pervizpour, M., “Distributed Fiber Sensor Based on Modulated Pulse Base Reflection and Brillouin Gain Spectrum Analysis,” Applied Optics, Vol. 48(30), 5823-5828, 2009. doi:10.1364/AO.48.005823

Cui, Q., Pamukcu, S., Lin, A., Xiao, W., Herr, D., Toulouse, J.,  Pervizpour, M., “Distributed Temperature Sensing System Based on Rayleigh Scattering BOTDA,” IEEE Sensors Journal, 11(2), 399-403, 2011. doi:10.1109/JSEN.2010.2066558

Pervizpour, M., Pamukcu, S., “Characterization of a surrogate swelling polymer as a functional sensor for distributed liquid sensing,” Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 168, 242–252, 2011. doi:10.1016/j.sna.2011.04.026

Cui, Q., Pamukcu, S., Xiao, W., Pervizpour, M., “Truly Distributed Fiber Vibration Sensor Using Pulse Base BOTDA with Wide Dynamic Range,” IEEE Photonics Techn. Letters, 3:24, 1887-1889, 2011. doi:10.1109/LPT.2011.2170968

Ghazanfari, E., Pervizpour, M., Pamukcu, S., “Mathematical Modeling of Electrically Assisted Hydrocarbon Transport in Porous Media” GeoCongress 2012: GSP 225, ASCE, 2302-2311, March 25-29, 2012. doi:10.1061/9780784412121.236   

Medina, C.I., Pervizpour, M., Pamukcu, S., and Mentzer, M.A., “Temperature Dependent Dynamic Properties of Oily Clay,” GeoCongress 2012: GSP 225, ASCE, 2283-2291, March 25-29, 2012. doi:10.1061/9780784412121.234

Mesut Pervizpour
Mesut Pervizpour
Professor of Practice
(610) 758-2137
Fritz Engineering Laboratory
Room 401A
Bethlehem, PA 18015


Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Lehigh University, 2000
M.S., Civil Engineering, Lehigh University, 1994
M.S., Engineering and Technology Management, Portland State University, 1992
B.S., Civil Engineering, Bogazici University, Turkey, 1990

Areas of Research

Geotechnical, Materials, Wave Propagation, Non-Destructive Testing NDT) Techniques