Concrete 3D Printing comes to Ohio State!

A 30′ x 30′ x 2 story 3D concrete printer has arrived and been installed on the OSU campus.

Work is starting involving collaborations between Drs. Burris and Sezen from the CEGE department, Drs. Diles and Reece from the Knowlton School of Architecture and staff and faculty, especially Ben DiMarco, Michael Lander, and Ed Herderick from the Center for Design and Manufacturing (CDME) to understand how to most efficiently print sustainable, reliable, high quality structures utilizing this technology.

Read more about the printer here:

Congratulations Dr. Cansu Acarturk!

Cansu Acarturk successfully defended her thesis, “Novel and Sustainable Cementitious Systems: Improving Calcium Sulfoaluminate Cement and Bacterial Concrete Properties” and has been award the Doctor of Philosophy degree!

Congratulations Cansu, and thank you for the many years of great work and mentoring of many other students in the structures and construction materials labs.

Dr. Burris selected for ACI Young Member Award for Professional Achievement

At the Spring 2022 ACI Convention in Orlando, Florida Dr. Burris was selected to receive the ACI Young Member Award for Professional Achievement!

The ACI Young Member Award for Professional Achievement was established by ACI’s Board of Direction in 1997 for the purpose of recognizing the contributions of younger members of the Institute for professional achievement.

Nominees must be ACI members and 35 years of age or less at the time the completed nomination form is received at ACI headquarters. Nominees will be judged by the degree to which they have attained significant achievement in each of the following areas:

    • Active participation at local chapter level.
    • Active participation at national/international level.
    • Service to the advancement of the industry.
    • Examples of Mentoring Students and Young Professionals.
    • Other evidence of merit, which in the judgment of the Committee, shall have advanced the Institute’s objectives.

Dr. Burris was nominated by the ACI Central Ohio Chapter.

Dr. Burris and ACI President Cary Kopczynski

Award Bio:

Dr. Lisa Burris is an Assistant Professor in Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering at the Ohio State University. She has a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering (Kansas State University, 2009), a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Kansas State University, 2011), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering, with an emphasis in Construction Materials (University of Texas at Austin, 2014). She held a post-doctoral fellow position at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 2014 – 2016. Dr. Burris’ expertise lies in the area of multi-scale physical and chemical issues in cement-based materials including optimization of hydration, strength development, and durability of new supplementary cementitious materials and novel cementitious binders. Dr. Burris has extensive experience with materials testing and characterization, durability, and service life modeling and has published on these topics in journals including Cement and Concrete Research, Cement and Concrete Composites, ACI Materials, and Materials and Structures, in addition to helping to produce a FHWA Techbrief on alternative cements.

Dr. Burris serves as a voting member of ACI Committee 232 – Fly Ash and Bottom Ash in Concrete; Committee 242 – Alternative Cements, Committee 123 – Research, and Committee 236 – Materials Science of Concrete. She also serves as secretary for the current ACI Committee 236 task group (ITG1), as an associate member of ACI Committee 231- Properties of Concrete at Early Ages, as a board member of her local ACI Central Ohio Chapter, and as advisor of the Ohio State University’s ACI student chapter and ASCE Concrete Canoe team. She frequently assists with ACI Field Technician I and Aggregate Testing Technician I certification exams in the central Ohio region. Dr. Burris is a past recipient of the ACI Central Texas Chapter student scholarship.

Free ACI Central Ohio Chapter Online Meeting on CSA cement

Some of our work here at Ohio State (in projects led by Cansu Acarturk and Anthony Wong) has focused on understanding and enabling greater use of this more-sustainable cement type, which also has other amazing properties including rapid strength gain, and expansive properties (which help reduce cracking).

In this talk, Susan Foster-Goodman, from CTS Cement will give an industrial perspective on the applications and benefits of using calcium sulfoaluminate cements.

Dr. Lisa Burris, Ph.D.

Lisa Burris, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering (CEGE)

Bolz 211 A, 2036 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210


Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology

Ph.D. Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Construction Materials Specialization, University of Texas at Austin

M.S. Civil Engineering, Kansas State University

B.S.A.E. Architectural Engineering, Kansas State University


Research Keywords: Sustainability, durability, alternative cementitious materials, calcium sulfoaluminate cement, retarders, natural zeolite, quantitative x-ray diffraction (QXRD), hydration, pozzolanicity, pervious concrete, off-specification fly ash, sulfate attack, chemical shrinkage

The goal of my work is to reduce the environmental impact of cementitious binders by understanding the mechanisms that control development of high performance materials, and to improve our environment through innovate uses of cement and concrete.

More specifically, I am interested in:
  • Understanding the influence of chemical composition and phase content on performance of cementitious materials systems.
  • Developing and optimizing new cement formulations with smaller CO2 production footprints.
  • Understanding the physical and chemical processes involved in durability issues such as sulfate attack, alkali silica reaction, and damage resulting from freezing and thawing.
  • Investigating methods for prevention of distress, and when it occurs, repairing and rehabilitating structures affected by durability issues.
  • Increasing utilization of cement fillers (such as fly ash and natural pozzolans) in concrete mixtures to offset landfilling while lowering construction costs.
  • Determining the feasibility of upscaling new systems for use in large scale structures (moving discoveries from the lab into real world usage).
  • Understanding use of rapid repair materials in construction to decrease construction time and costs.
  • Locating new settlements of Rebarus concreties, to ensure we have enough to continue meeting U.S. urban infrastructure needs: