Tanju Karanfil of Clemson named fellow of the International Water Association
CLEMSON — Tanju Karanfil, the associate dean of research and graduate studies in Clemson University’s College of Engineering and Science, was selected a fellow of the International Water Association (IWA).
The association advances water and wastewater management around the globe. About 185 of the association’s 10,000 leading professional members are fellows, putting Karanfil in the top 5 percent.
“It’s humbling and gratifying to be selected as a fellow,” Karanfil said. “This is truly an honor because it comes from my peers. Thank you to the IWA board of directors for selecting me.”
Selection as fellow recognizes sustained outstanding contribution to the profession. IWA fellows are nominated based on their significant contributions as an engineer, educator, utility manager, regulator, research engineer, scientist or technical leader.
Karanfil’s outstanding contributions have been in formation and control of regulated and emerging disinfection by-products (DBP), the toxic and carcinogenic compounds that may form during water treatment. He has also researched the adsorption of organic pollutants on carbonaceous adsorbents, such as activated carbons, carbon nanotubes and graphene.
Further, he has educated students in the water treatment and quality field.
Karanfil has garnered about $10 million in research funding over his career and produced more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. He also co-edited and published two books on disinfection by-products. He has advised more than 80 graduate students, post-doctoral research associates and visiting international scholars.
As part of his latest research project, Karanfil is leading a team looking into how various forest management strategies affect the quality of nearby drinking water sources. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provided $1 million for the project, with Karanfil serving as principal investigator.
Anand Gramopadhye, dean of the College of Engineering and Science, said that Karanfil’s selection as fellow is richly deserved.
“The honor speaks volumes about Tanju’s hard work and his dedication to providing clean water around the world,” Gramopadhye said. “It’s a privilege to have him on the college’s leadership team.”
“Dr. Karanfil’s selection as an IWA fellow indicates the high regard he is held in by the water treatment community,” said David Freedman, chair of the environmental engineering and Earth sciences department.
Selection as fellow was among several recent honors for Karanfil. He was also among four authors of a paper that the American Water Works Association chose as the 2016 AWWA Membrane Treatment Best Paper.
The paper was published in the Journal of the American Water Works Association and titled “Optimization of Coagulation Pretreatment Conditions in a Ceramic Membrane System.”
Amir Alansari of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte served as primary author. Other co-authors were Meric Selbes, one of the recent Ph.D. graduates from Karanfil’s group and currently with Hazen and Sawyer in Fairfax, Virginia; and James Amburgey of UNC Charlotte.
Karanfil began working at Clemson in 1996 as an instructor in the environmental engineering and Earth sciences department. He was assistant professor from 1998 to 2002, associate professor from 2002 to 2006 and professor since 2006. He served as chair of the department from 2008 until he became associate dean in 2014.
Karanfil received his bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey in 1988. He received his Ph.D. in 1995 from the University of Michigan and went on to become a post-doctoral researcher, working under the supervision of Walter J. Weber Jr., a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Karanfil is a recipient of National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award. He has also won the college’s McQueen Quattlebaum Faculty Achievement Award and the university’s Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence. His students’ research has been recognized with best Ph.D. thesis, best M.Sc. thesis, best paper and best graduate student awards by the American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation and American Chemical Society.
He served on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of the American Water Works Association.