Academy of Distinguished Alumni

chik erzurumlu

H. Chik M. Erzurumlu

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1970
M.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1962
Prof. Degree, Technical University of Istanbul, 1957

Chik Erzurumlu is the Emeritus Dean and Professor of Civil Engineering at Portland State University (PSU). As the founding dean of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, he has provided a guiding influence in transforming a pre-engineering program at PSU into a comprehensive college of engineering that now enrolls over 2,000 students in BS, MS, and Ph.D. degree programs. He has made lasting contributions to students through his dedication to engineering education.

Erzurumlu's connection to UT Austin began in 1960.  After completing a five-year professional degree in civil engineering in his come country of Turkey, he came to UT to pursue graduate work in structural engineering. After receiving his master's degree, he joined Portland State as an engineering instructor. During the next six years, he discovered a love for teaching, and decided  to work on his PhD back at UT. 

Inspired by his mentors and colleagues at UT Austin, he has adopted a strategy involving teaching excellence, research productivity, and service to the institution and the profession during his tenure at PSU. He became interested in academic administration and after serving as head of the Civil-Structural Engineering Department, he was appointed as dean of PSU’s newly established School of Engineering and Applied Science in 1980.

In the area of scholarly activities and consulting, Erzurumlu has published in numerous journals and made presentations on topics ranging from structural engineering to professional practice. He has been a frequent invited speaker and panelist at the programs of technical, professional, educational and civic groups.

He has been active in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) serving in leadership positions at the local and national levels. These include the presidency of the ASCE Oregon Section, chairmanships of ASCE Administrative Committee on Bridges and NSPE Professional Engineers in Education, as well as service on the NSPE Board of Directors and the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.

In recognition of his contributions to engineering education and the engineering profession in Oregon and nationwide, he was granted the Fellow status by both ASCE and NSPE. He received the Outstanding Engineer of the Year Award by the ASCE Oregon Section in 1985, and the Engineer of the Year Award by Professional Engineers of Oregon in 1999.

Perhaps the most surprising recognition came in 2004 when, as part of an $ 8 million gift to the College by Dr. Fariborz Maseeh, he was honored by the establishment of an endowment to name the Deanship of the College as the H. Chik M. Erzurumlu Dean. In 2007, he was named a Distinguished Engineering Graduate by the Cockrell School of Engineering.