Ipek Bensu Manav

Research Assistant
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Bensu is a graduate student and fellow at the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and research assistant with the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub. Her research focuses on sustainable and resilience construction, promoting a built environment designed to last generations. Specifically, she aims to quantify the underinvestment in wind mitigation, contextualizing potential loss amplifications drawn out by incorporating community characteristics like urban texture, or the relative orientation of buildings, and the local capacity of construction markets into resilience assessments. Conventional approaches, by discounting the effects of such characteristics when estimating expected losses in hurricane-prone regions, undervalue the hazard mitigation of the residential building stock and, consequently, understate strains on households, local economies and environmental well-being at large. Bensu earned her Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. During undergrad, she completed internships at design and construction firms and assistantships at Bogazici and the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute.