Dr. Berrin Tansel is Professor of Environmental Engineering and Undergraduate Program Director for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at FIU. She has been with FIU since 1990.
Dr. Tansel teaches a number of undergraduate and graduate courses and is heavily involved in research. Her primary areas of interest are water treatment; hazardous and industrial waste management; landfill processes and release mechanisms; and sustainable sludge treatment and recovery. She has authored over 200 professional reports and papers on sludge management, sanitary landfill design and operation, solid waste management, and her original research results.
Dr. Tansel is affiliated with the Water Environment Federation, the American Society of Civil Engineers, Tau Beta Phi and Chi Epsilon and has served on a multitude of committees for those and other organizations. She has been honored with two summer faculty research fellowships and received recognition for ‘Technology Development and Application that Benefit the NASA-KSC and Nation through the Vision of Space’ from the NASA Kennedy Space Center, among other awards and honors. She formerly directed the Drinking Water Research Center at FIU.
Prior to joining FIU, Dr. Tansel served as a Project Manager for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and as Senior Project Engineer for PEER Consultants, P.C. Dr. Tansel also has extensive consulting experience, and has worked with the South Florida Water Management District, City of Pompano Beach, Florida, Soap and Detergent Association, Metcalf & Eddy and other entities in various consulting roles.
Dr. Tansel received her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with a Minor in Chemical Engineering, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she earned an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1979 and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey in 1978.
Water quality; Wastewater treatment; Ecosystems; Energy conservation; Green infrastructure; Environmental policies; Climate effects; Coastal systems; Natural hazards; Sustainability; Health risk assessment; Waste management