Purdue University civil engineer Ayhan Irfanoglu for years has studied the vulnerability of Turkish buildings to earthquakes. Irfanoglu is part of an Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) rapid response team.
Irfanoglu previously was part of two reconnaissance teams in Turkey: after the 1999 Marmara and the 2003 Bingol earthquakes. He has been working with his Purdue colleague Mete Sozen to study the vulnerability of buildings in Turkey.
Sozen, who helped write Turkey's construction codes addressing earthquake preparedness and has proposed a plan to protect highly vulnerable Istanbul, has stated that Turkey's codes are not uniformly enforced.
Irfanoglu's research trip is sponsored by the Purdue University-led George E. Brown Network Jr. for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEEScomm).