FACULTY OF ENGINEERINGCHEMICAL ENGINEERING


Prof. Dr. Somer Lecture and Awards

METU Chemical Engineering Department has been organizing 'Somer Lecture' since 2008, in memory of Tarık Somer, the founder of METU Chemical Engineering Department  with the great help of Tarık Somer Eğitim Vakfı and valuable faculty members. Each year, valuable scientists from all around the world are visiting METU Chemical Engineering Department in order to give lectures about their area of expertise.


Prof. Dr. Tarık G. Somer is the founder of the department of Chemical Engineering at Middle East Technical University (METU), and he is also the initiator of modern chemical engineering education in Turkey.


After getting his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D degrees from RPI, MIT and University of Maryland, he worked as a research engineer in Dupont Co. between 1954-56. He was appointed as the Professor and the founding chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering at METU in 1957. He had worked as the President of METU and Ankara University between the years 1974-76 and 1982-87, respectively. He also served as the President of Council of Turkish Universities between 1984-85. Being the chief technical advisor in UNESCO, he contributed to the establishment of the university system in Uganda. He also worked in Technische Hoch-schule Darmstadt as a Visiting Professor. Besides his memberships in a number of professional societies, he was also a member of Union of Presidents of European Universities.


Below, the full list of Somer Lecturers and Somer Lecture Awardees can be seen:



Year Lecturer Institution
2008 Prof. John. M. Prausnitz University of California, Berkeley
2012 Prof. Avelino Corma Polytechnical University of Valencia
2013 Prof. Edward Cussler University of Minnesota
2014 Prof. Marc-Olivier Coppens University College London
2015 Prof. Dr. Matthias Wessling RWTH Aachen University
2016 Prof. Dr. Nicholas L. Abbott University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

 

Year Awardee Institution
1993 Prof. Dr. Tarık Somer METU
1994 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Süha Atamer METU
1995 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fahrettin Can METU
1996 Prof. Dr. Temel Çakaloz METU
1997 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ali Aykanat METU
1998 Ömer Kaymakçalan TÜBİTAK MAM
1999 Prof. Dr. Kemal Gürüz YÖK
2000 Prof. Dr. Hasan Orbey ASPEN
2001 Prof. Dr. Semra Ülkü İzmir Institute of Technology
2002 Prof. Dr. Ümit Özkan Ohio State University
2003 Prof. Dr. Yaman Arkun Koç University
2004 Prof. Dr. Ferda Mavituna UMIST
2005 Prof. Dr. Ahmet Palazoğlu University of California, Davis
2006 Prof. Dr. Ayşe Şenatalar İstanbul Technical University
2007 Prof. Dr. Gülşen Doğu Gazi University

 

 

Tarık Somer Success Award
Year Awardee
1999 Gürkan Karakaş
2000 Deniz Üner
2001 Pınar Çalık
2002 Ufuk Bakır
2003 Göknur Bayram
2004 Nuretdin Kaymakçı
2004 Serhat Akın
2004 Halil Kalıpçılar
2005 Yusuf Uludağ
2005 Görkem Kırbaş Külah
2005 Ahmet Aykut