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Executive Vice President of STEAM Initiatives
Murat Tiryakioğlu is an engineering education pioneer, transformational academic leader, internationally-recognized researcher, and a passionate advocate of service learning to help community.
He studied Mechanical Engineering before receiving advanced degrees in engineering management and metallurgy.
Dr. Tiryakioğlu grew up around his family's business, a nonferrous foundry. After receiving his PhD, he worked at the Boeing Company, in Wichita, Kansas briefly before moving on to academic life in 1995. He taught at Western Kentucky University where he founded the Advanced Manufacturing Institute. In 2001, he started at Robert Morris University (Pittsburgh, PA) where he served as a University (Distinguished) Professor of manufacturing engineering and was recognized for his service-learning activities involving local manufacturers. Dr. Tiryakioglu moved to Jacksonville, FL in 2010 to continue his career as the Director of School of Engineering at the University of North Florida, and stepped down from this position in 2018 as the longest-serving director in School's history. He joined JU in 2019. Since moving to Jacksonville, Dr. Tiryakioglu has collaborated with Community Excellence Alliance to engage students in problem solving and continuous improvement methods and their applications to help overcome issues in non-profit organizations in Jacksonville, with an estimated financial impact of well over $5 million.
Dr. Tiryakioğlu lives with his family in the Southside area. He collects model trains, plays soccer, bridge and violin, and enjoys various genres of music, including classical, hard rock, blues and zydeco.
- Ph.D., Materials and Metallurgy, University of Birmingham
- Ph.D., Engineering Management, University of Missouri-Rolla
- M.S., Engineering Management, University of Missouri-Rolla
- B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Boğaziçi University
Dr. Tiryakioğlu has research interests in process design for high quality castings, aluminum heat treatment modeling and optimization, process-structure-property relationships in metals, statistical modeling and quality and reliability improvement. He has written two chapters, published over 100 refereed journal papers and 50 conference papers, edited ten conference proceedings, and co-edited the two-volume Encyclopedia of Aluminum and Its Alloys. His publications can be viewed here.
The Inaugural John Campbell Medal, the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers, UK, 2010
Dictionary of International Biography, 32nd Edition, 2005
Eugene Merchant Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), 2004
Certificate of Appreciation, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) for his service in the Publications Committee, 2002
Young Leader in Light Metals by The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), 1999
Certificate of Achievement by the American Society for Quality for providing leadership to local chapter, 1996
Certificate of Outstanding Performance by the Boeing Company, 1994.