Ismail Koyuncu

Rector, Istanbul Technical University

Ismail Koyuncu

Bachelor: İTÜ - Environmental Engineering; 1995
Master’s: İTÜ - Environmental Engineering; 1997
Doctorate: İTÜ - Environmental Engineering; 2002

Born in 1974 in the village of Ziyaret, Suruç district of Şanlıurfa, where his family resided due to his father’s duty; Prof. Dr. İsmail Koyuncu completed his primary, secondary and high school education in his hometown, Antalya.
Prof. Dr. Koyuncu graduated from Istanbul Technical University Environmental Engineering Department, which he started in 1990, and finished in 1995 as the second in the department. He completed his master’s degree in 1997 and his doctorate in 2002 in the same department.
Prof. Dr. Koyuncu became associate professor in 2004 and professor in 2010 and is currently working as a professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering, Istanbul Technical University. Besides, since 2019, he has been teaching as a visiting professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan State University (USA).
In 2002-2003, Prof. Dr. Koyuncu completed his post-doctoral studies in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University, one of the leading universities in the USA, with the scholarship granted by TÜBİTAK NATO B1. Afterwards, he took part in many projects as a visiting researcher at the University of Leuven (Belgium) for two months in 2003 and again at Rice University for a year in 2004.
Prof. Dr. Koyuncu held many academic and administrative positions through his career among which are Director of İTÜ Institute of Science and Technology (2012-2018), Member of İTÜ Board of Directors (2012-2016), Member of İTÜ Senate (2012-2018), Member of İTÜ Civil Engineering Faculty Board (2015-2018) and Member of the Commission for İTÜ Environmental Engineering Department.
Besides his membership of Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA); Prof. Dr. Koyuncu was elected a Member of the Committee for Climate Change and Health under the Asian Academy of Sciences in 2019 and a board member of Membrane Technologies Group under the International Water Association (IWA), positions which he actively carries on.
Prof. Dr. Koyuncu has been a member of Associate Professorship Commission of the Interuniversity Board since 2016. Within TÜBİTAK, Prof. Dr. Koyuncu acted as Presidency for TÜBİTAK Technology and Innovation Support Programs (TEYDEB), Executive Board Member for Biotech Group (2015-2017) and Consultant for TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center (MAM) Environment and Cleaner Production Institute (2014-2017).
Prof. Dr. Koyuncu actively took part in numerous applied engineering projects, providing consultancy to many public and private organizations on issues related to his field. Prof. Dr. Koyuncu gave trainings and executed many projects on issues of infrastructure, waste management and recycling under the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, Union of Municipalities of Turkey (TBB), Turkey Petroleum Corporation (TPAO), the General Directorate of the Etimaden and Turkey Water Institute.