Another ITU Graduate is Inducted into the US National Engineering Academy: Dr. Selda Günsel
Mar 23, 2017


The number of ITU members elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the USA's most respected and professional organizations, is increasing day by day. Following our alumni Prof. Dr. Mehmet Toner and Dr. Ali Doğru’s induction, Dr. Selda Günsel, a 1981 graduate from the ITU Department of Chemical Engineering has been elected as a member of the Academy, making us all proud once more. Acknowledged by her work on the technologies used in the energy field, and having begun her career at Shell's Global R & D and Commercial Technologies department, Dr. Günsel has been elected to the NAE, for her pioneering work in the development of technology solutions to meet the community's energy and transport needs, as well as in the areas of increasing energy efficiency and reducing environmental impact.

The organization of research institute chiefs and senior executives is known to only choose engineers who bring new and feasible approaches to engineering education, pioneer emerging technologies, and make significant contributions to the field of engineering. On behalf of the İTÜ family, we congratulate our graduate for her membership to the NAE (known for its diligent and rigorous membership selection criteria), and wish her continued success.

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Who is Dr. Selda Günsel?

Born in Istanbul in 1958; after graduating from Kadıköy Maarif College (Kadıköy Anatolian High School), Dr Selda Günsel graduated at the top of her class in 1981 with degree from the ITU Department of Chemical Engineering. She completed her master's and doctoral studies at Pennsylvania State University Department of Chemical Engineering. Dr. Selda Günsel also worked as a research assistant at Imperial College in the UK. In addition to her extensive literature on research topics, our graduate has also received several patents on various studies. Starting her career as a research engineer at Pennzoil Company in the US, she advanced in her career, stepping up to a managerial position becoming the Vice President of Technology Development and Innovation at Pennzoil-Quaker State. Dr. Günsel, who has been on the Shell team for the last 15 years, has held different management positions, including Vice President of Global Commercial Technologies, Fuels, Machinery and Vehicle Technology, General Directorate of Mineral Oil Technologies Group and Global Strategic R & D General Directorate. Dr. Selda Günsel was also awarded the STLE International Award, the highest grade technical prize awarded by the Association of Tribology and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) in 2015. She also holds the STLE Fellow Award, R & D 100 Innovation Award, International Association of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Award, STLE Captain Alfred E. Hunt Best Research Award, Penn State University Successful Chemistry Engineering Graduation Award, and various Shell Leadership awards for outstanding achievements throughout her career. In addition to this, since 2013, she has been working as an "honorary professor" at Tsinghua University in China and chairs many international congresses.