CLEMSON — Clemson University Vice President for Research Tanju Karanfil received a scientific achievement award from the Turkish government for his international contributions and accomplishments in environmental engineering, specifically water quality and treatment.

Tanju Karanfil

Tanju Karanfil

Karanfil, who also is a faculty member in the environmental engineering and Earth sciences department in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, received the award from Turkey’s president at a ceremony in the Beştepe Presidential Complex in Ankara in December.

Given annually by the Turkish Research Scientific Council (TUBITAK) – the National Science Foundation equivalent in Turkey – these are the most prestigious scientific achievement awards given by the Turkish government. Since 2007, 14 Turkish scientists working abroad have been recognized for their sustained accomplishments in life sciences, physical sciences or engineering.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by my native country and to witness a high value being placed on science in Turkey,” Karanfil said.

Karanfil earned his Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering from Istanbul Technical University and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan.

Karanfil joined the Clemson faculty in 1996. He served as chair of the department and associate dean for research and graduate studies in the college before being appointed the university’s vice president for research in 2016.

Under his leadership, Clemson has experienced unprecedented growth in research activity, culminating in the university’s recognition as a sustained Carnegie R1 institution.

Karanfil, who received a National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award in 2001, has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed journal articles and mentored more than 100 graduate students and postdoctoral research associates at Clemson. He also is a consultant to water and wastewater utilities and consulting companies. He is a fellow of the International Water Association, an honor bestowed on only a small percentage of the association’s worldwide membership.

A video of the December award presentation is posted online.