Awards Presented to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Oğuz Göğüş and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Didem Okutman Taş from BAGEP
Apr 12, 2017

In 2011, the Science Academy, which was established with the aim of promoting the gathering of principles of scientific merit, freedom and honesty, this year granted its BAGEP award to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Oğuz Göğüş of the ITU Eurasia Institute of Earth Sciences and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Didem Okutman Taş of the ITU Department of Environmental Engineering.

The 2017 results of the Science Academy Young Scientists Award Program (BAGEP), launched by the Science Academy and supported by public support instead of public funds, were disclosed. In order to encourage young academics among the best in their field to participate in new research, the award which has been given since 2013, saw our young and successful scientists, from the Eurasian Earth Sciences Institute Assoc. Prof. Dr. Oğuz Göğüş and from the Department of Environmental Engineering, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Didem Okutman Taş on the list of 2017 winners.

We congratulate our faculty members who have attained this important achievement and hope that they will achieve even greater success in the future.


Who is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Oğuz Göğüş?

Having graduated from Dokuz Eylül University’s Department of Geological Engineering in 2001, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Oğuz Göğüş, completed his master's degree in 2004 at the Geology Department of Oklahoma State University. Dr. Göğüş then received his doctorate degree from the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Toronto in 2010. His academic career continued as a visiting researcher in the Geological Department of Roma Tre University for a total of 6 months between 2009 and 2012 and a post-doctoral researcher position at the Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics at the University of Leeds. Returning to Turkey in 2013, Dr. Göğüş started to work under the title of "assistant professor" at the Eurasian Earth Sciences Institute, and in 2015 he received the title of "associate professor".

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Oguz Göğüş cites his main field of study as "understanding of the deformation mechanisms of the stone sphere (lithosphere) with the help of 2 and 3 dimensional geodynamic modeling", and aims to bring new approaches to problems that are not yet well understood through comparing modelling results of geological, geophysical and petrological data to study the physical development of elevation of mountain ranges and plateaus, their expansion, basin formation and bending of mountain bands. As a result of this research, it aims to go beyond the kinematic-qualitative models and interpretations suggested for the regional tectonic generations such as the Eastern Anatolian-Iranian Plateau and the Carpathians, and to obtain results on the basis of numerical data, such as large scale orogenic generations such as back-arc basins in the Mediterranean. He also completed a career project supported by TUBITAK, testing the rise and fall models of the Anatolian plateau and its surroundings, the rotational motion to the west and the accompanying active fault systems developed with 2D and 3D numerical models.


Who is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Didem Okutman Taş?

This year's BAGEP award recognizes our scholar for her scientific research on the exploitation of microcrystalline sludge in domestic and urban wastewater treatment plants. In addition to her main research topics in environmental sciences and biotechnology, she also works on bioremediation, activated sludge processes, microbial species analysis, sludge minimization and stabilization, and anaerobic treatment processes. Our faculty member was also deemed worthy of the Young Scientists Award (GEBİP) by the Turkish Science Academy (TÜBA) in 2015 and the Eser Tümen Üstün Outstanding Achievement Award by the Feyzi Akkaya Scientific Activities Support Fund (FABED). Assoc. Prof. Dr. Didem Okutman Taş's academic career continues at our Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Environmental Engineering.