Tugce Baser

Tugce Baser
Tugce Baser
  • Assistant Professor
(217) 300-9623
2230c Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg

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  • Ph.D. Geotechnical Engineering University of California San Diego 2017
  • B.S. Geological Engineering Cukurva University 2009


Dr. Tugce Baser is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, specializing in Geotechnical Engineering. Her research interests include unsaturated soil mechanics, energy geotechnics, climate change related geotechnics, and sustainable geo-energy applications. Over the past five years, Dr. Baser has been awarded honors by international institutions and invited as a keynote speaker. She received her PhD degree in Geotechnical Engineering from University of California San Diego in 2017.

Academic Positions

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Geotechnical Engineering, University of Alberta, 7/2017-6/2018
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 10/2018-Present

Resident Instruction

  • CEE498 - Geoenergy Systems
  • CEE 380 - Geotechnical Engineering
  • CEE 585 - Deep Foundations

Research Interests

  • Multiphysics processes to characterize thermo-hydro-mechanical properties of frozen and unfrozen variably saturated soils in changing subsurface conditions; prediction, mitigation, and adaption to climate change, characterization of flood failures in embankments induced by snow melt and extreme weather events

Books Authored or Co-Authored (Original Editions)

Chapters in Books

  • Başer, T., Traore, T. and McCartney, J.S. (2016). “Physical modeling of coupled heat transfer and water flow in soil-borehole thermal energy storage systems in the vadose zone.” In: Geothermal Energy: An Emerging Resource. C.B. Dowling, L.J. Florea, and K. Neumann, eds. GSA Books. Boulder, CO. Geological Society of America Special Paper 519. 1-13.

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Roberge, X.J., Abhinav, A., Beauregard, M., and Baser, T. (2021). An Experimental Investigation of Coupled Thermo-Electrical Properties of Icy Porous Media. RCOP and ICCRE Virtual Conference 2021
  • Fernandez Santoyo, S.*, Tom, J.G., and Baser, T. (2021). Impact of Subsurface Warming on the Capacity of Helical Piles Installed in Permafrost Layers. International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo 2021, Dallas, TX. Accepted
  • Reiter, M.B and Başer, T., 2020. Thermal response of a helical-loop energy foundation installed in unsaturated residual soil profiles, International Conference on Energy Geotechnics, University of California San Diego, USA.
  • Reiter, M.B.*, Attalla, M., Kurtz, L.*, and Başer, T., (2020). Changes in shaft resistance and pore water pressure during heating of a geothermal energy foundation, International Conference on Energy Geotechnics, University of California San Diego, USA.
  • Baser, T., McCartney, J.S., and Ozdogan-Dolcek, A. (2019). Thermal Energy Storage in Borehole Arrays installed in Unsaturated Soils. ISSMGE PanAmerican Conference, Cancun, Mexico.
  • Balcay, A. and Baser, T. (2019). Impact of Shear Modulus on Maximum Allowable Pressures in HDD. ISSMGE PanAmerican Conference, Cancun, Mexico.
  • Hayes, M., Baser, T., Ozdogan-Dolcek, A. (2019). Effect of heat transfer mechanisms on thermal response of horizontal heat exchangers. Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference 2019, Pasadena, CA.
  • Baser, T., Hannah, C., McCartney, J.S. (2019). “Performance of a field-scale horizontal geothermal heat storage system” Geocongress 2019, Philadelphia, PA
  • Baser, T., (2017). “Transient heat transfer in vertical ground heat exchangers”. ISSMGE 6IYGEC 2017, September 16-17, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Baser, T., Dong, Y., Lu, N., McCartney, J.S., 2017. “Evaluation of coupled thermal and hydraulic relationships used in simulation of thermally-induced water flow in unsaturated soils”. PanAm Unsat-2017, Dallas, TX
  • McCartney, J.S. and Başer, T., (2017). “Role of coupled process in thermal energy storage in the vadose zone”. ISSMGE CPEG2 2017, September 6-7, Leeds, UK.
  • McCartney, J.S., Başer, T., Zhan, N., Lu, N., Ge, S., and Smits, K., (2017). “Storage of Solar Thermal Energy in Borehole Thermal Energy Storage Systems”. IGSHPA Technical/Research Conference and Expo Denver March 14-16, 2017.
  • Başer, T., Dong, Y., and McCartney, J.S. (2016). “Heat content in soil-borehole thermal energy systems in the vadose zone.” ICEGT 2016: 1st International Conference on Energy Geotechnics. Kiel. Aug. 29-31. 1-8.
  • Başer, T., Dong, Y., Lu, N., and McCartney, J.S. (2016). “Role of considering non-constant soil thermal parameters in the simulation of geothermal heat storage systems in the vadose zone.” Proc. 8AYGEC 2016. Astana, Kazakhstan, Aug. 6-8. 6 pg.
  • Başer, T., McCartney, J.S., Moradi, A., Smits, K., and Lu, N. (2016). “Impact of a thermo- hydraulic insulating layer on the long-term response of soil-borehole thermal energy storage systems.” GeoChicago 2016: Sustainability, Energy and the Geoenvironment. Chicago. Aug. 14-18. pp. 125-134.
  • Başer, T. and McCartney, J.S. (2015). “Development of a full-scale soil-borehole thermal energy storage system.” Proc. IFCEE 2015. San Antonio, TX. Mar. 17-21. ASCE. pp. 1608- 1617.
  • Başer, T and McCartney, J.S. (2015). Thermal Energy Storage in Borehole Heat Exchanger Arrays. International Symposium on Energy Geotechnics. SEG2015. Barcelona, Spain, June 2-4. 4.
  • Başer, T., Linkowski, D., and McCartney, J.S. (2014). “Heat storage in soil -borehole thermal energy storage systems in the vadose zone.” Proc. 7th ICEG. Nov. 10-14. Melbourne. pp. 1-8. 5.
  • McCartney, J.S., Alsherif, N., Coccia, C.J.R., Stewart, M.A., Başer, T., Traore, T., and Goode, J.C. III (2014). “Unsaturated Soil Mechanics in Geothermal Energy Applications.” Unsaturated Soils: Research & Applications (UNSAT 2014). Sydney, Australia. Jul. 2-4. N. Khalili, A. Russell, A. Khoshghalb, eds. 835-842. 6
  • Kayabalı, K., Balcı, M. C. and Başer, T., Preliminary results from a small geotechnical centrifuge for consolidation tests: Proc. Of Third Int’l Conf. on New Developments in Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, June 28-30 2012, Near East University, Nicosia, TRNC, 820-827.
  • Kolay, E. and Başer, T., 2010. Estimation of dry unit weight of soils by ANN. 7th International Symposium on the Eastern Mediterranean Geology, 18-22 October, Cukurova University, Turkey.
  • Başer, T., Kolay, E., and Akçe, M.A., 2011. The effect of basalt textures on some empirical relationships. Proceedingds of the X. Regional Rock Mechanics Symposium, pp 231-237, METU, Ankara.

Other Publications

  • Editorial,(2019).Environmental Geotechnics, 6(1), 1-2.
  • Campbel, C. 2017. Interview with Tugce Baser: Improved Methods Save Money in Future Borehole Thermal Energy Storage Design. http://www.environmentalbiophysics.org/borehole-thermal-energy-storage-improved- design/
  • Başer, T., Zheng, Y., and Zayed, M., (2017). “Lessons Learned from Geo-Legends.” GeoStrata: The Magazine of the GeoInstitute of ASCE. http://geostrata.geoinstitute.org/departments/2015-05-06p20-29/
  • Başer, T., Dong, Y., Lu, N., and McCartney, J.S. (2016). “Research on soil-borehole thermal energy storage systems in the U.S.A.” TC308 on Energy Geotechnics Newsletter. International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. 1(1), 22-26.

Journal Editorships

  • Environmental Geotechnics

Professional Societies

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), A. Member
  • International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), Member
  • Canadian Geotechnical Society, Member
  • International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), Member

Service on Campus Committees

  • Faculty Member of "Energy Sustainability Working Advisory Team (SWATeam)"


  • Outstanding Instructor Award, ASCE (2/2020)
  • Young Investigator Award at Air Force Office of Scientific Research (11/2020)
  • Bright Spark Lecturer, XVI PanAmerican Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Cancun, Mexico (11/2019)
  • Professional development Grant, Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust and Women in DFI (10/2019)
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Renewable Energy (11/2018)
  • Delegate of 6th International Young Geotechnical Engineers’ Conference (ISSMGE), Seoul, Korea (09/2017)
  • Scholar of “Top Global University Project”, GSGES Spring School Program, Kyoto University (2/16-3/16)
  • Best theme paper, 7th International Conference on Environmental Geotechnics (10/2014)
  • Visiting Graduate Researcher of Council of Higher Education of Turkish Republic at University of Colorado Boulder (8/2011-12/2011 )

Recent Courses Taught

  • CEE 380 - Geotechnical Engineering
  • CEE 498 GE3 (CEE 498 GE4, CEE 498 GO3, CEE 498 GO4) - Geoenergy Systems
  • CEE 585 - Deep Foundations
  • CEE 595 F - Geotechnical Engrg Seminar
  • CEE 595 F (CEE 595 FO) - Geotechnical Engr Seminar