Joanna Norris, Associate DirectorDepartment of Public Relations(904) 620-2102
Joanna Norris, Associate Director
Department of Public Relations
Dr. Murat Tiryakioğlu, the director of the School of Engineering in the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction at the University of North Florida, was recently awarded the inaugural John Campbell Medal by the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers for his sustained contribution to the science and understanding of metal casting through research and development.
Tiryakioğlu, a Southside resident, was personally selected by John Campbell, professor emeritus of casting technology at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, to receive the medal, which was awarded Oct. 9 at the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers’ 2010 National Awards Luncheon in Coventry City Centre, England. Campbell began his career as a physicist but spent most of his life in the cast metals industry, originating the Casting Process for Cosworth, a high-performance engineering company founded in London in 1958, specializing in engines and electronics for automobile racing (motorsport), mainstream automotive and defense industries.
“We in the College are extremely proud of Dr. Tiryakioglu for receiving the prestigious John Campbell Medal for his ongoing research contributions to the science of metal casting,” said Dr. Peter Braza, interim dean, College of Computing, Engineering and Construction at UNF.
Tiryakioğlu has been at UNF since July and was a distinguished professor in the Department of Engineering at Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania. He previously served on the faculty atWestern Kentucky University, where he founded the Advanced Manufacturing Institute, and worked for Boeing as an advanced technology analyst.
His research interests include metal casting, heat treatment, metallurgical modeling and statistical modeling and experimentation. He is the author of more than 40 technical papers in materials processing and has served as a consultant for numerous companies, including Alcoa, Tyco, Sumitomo, Ford, General Motors and Daimler-Chrysler.
Tiryakioğlu has been recognized as a Young Leader in Light Metals by The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society and as an Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He was also named the Eugene Merchant Young Outstanding Manufacturing Engineer by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He is a member of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society and is a senior member of the American Society for Quality.
He has doctorate degrees in Metallurgy and Materials from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, and Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla. He has a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Boğaziçi University.
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