Faculty Profile

Tugce Baser

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tugce Baser
Tugce Baser
Assistant Professor
2230c Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg
205 N. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 300-9623

Primary Research Area

  • Geotechnical Engineering


  • 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, trenchless technologies, 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. Dr. Baser is a member of ASCE G-I, ISSMGE, and CGS where she is actively engaged with the student, professional, and diversity development.

Academic Positions

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

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Dear undergraduate and graduate students, I have multiple research topics in the area of subsurface characterization and modeling of geothermal systems and directional drilling. If interested, feel free to contact me.

Research Interests

  • Unsaturated soils
  • Geothermal and geo-exchange systems
  • Subsurface characterization
  • Sustainability of Geo-energy systems
  • Directional Drilling

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

  • Baser,T and McCartney, J.S. (2018). Transient Evaluation of a Soil-Borehole Thermal Energy Storage System. Renewable Energy, Accepted:In Press
  • Başer, T., Tartakovsky, D., Dong, Y., Lu, N., Moradi, A., Smits, K., and McCartney, J.S (2017). ￿Role of non-equilibrium water vapor diffusion in thermal energy storage systems. ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • Başer, T., Lu, N., and McCartney, J.S. (2016). ￿Operational response of a soil-borehole thermal energy storage system.￿ ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. 04015097-1-12. 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001432.
  • Kolay, E., Başer, T., 2014. Estimation of the Dry Unit Weight of Compacted Soils Using General Linear Model and Multilayer Perceptron Neural Networks, Applied Soft Computing, Vol 18, pp. 223-231, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.asoc.2014.01.033.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • 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 Ak￿ 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.

Pending Articles

  • Gao, B., Baser, T., Deng, S., Kang, C., and Bayat, A. (2018). ￿Pressure management of drilling fluid in Horizontal Directional Drilling: An Operational Review￿. In review: ASCE Journal Construction Engineering and Management

Other Publications

  • 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.

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
  • ISSMGE Young Member Presidential Group, (2017-present)
  • ISSMGE TC308 Young Member Task Force Leader (2018-present)


  • Bright Spark Lecturer, XVI PanAmerican Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Cancun, Mexico (10/2019)
  • 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 )