Muzaffer İsmet Ordemir

Muzaffer İsmet Ordemir was born in Balıkesir in 1923. He graduated from Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Faculty of Civil Engineering in 1946. After his education at ITU, he studied at the same faculty as Prof. in 1948. He started his academic career as an assistant to Hamdi Peynircioğlu. He received the title of assistant professor in 1951 and associate professor in 1955. Ordemir, who went to the USA between 1955 and 1962, worked as a research assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) between 1956 and 1957. During this period, he worked as a professional engineer in the field of basic engineering in prestigious engineering companies such as Steinman and Hayden-Harding-Buchanan. During his time in the USA, he took part in many important engineering projects such as Lisbon Tagus River Bridge Anchors, thermal power plant projects and high-rise buildings. He also worked on structural engineering issues, especially shell design. He came to Middle East Technical University (METU) in 1962 as an associate professor. He taught basic engineering courses at METU and prepared lecture notes. He received the title of professor in 1964. Between 1965 and 1968, he went to Colombia through the United Nations UNESCO and wrote books on Basic Engineering and Advanced Soil Mechanics in Spanish at Colombia University in Bogota. In the summer of 1973, he worked for two universities being established in Venezuela, again through UNESCO. Prof. İsmet Ordemir also assumed important responsibilities in administrative duties. He served as Dean of METU Faculty of Civil Engineering between 1970-1972 and as METU Rector between 1972-1974. Between 1987 and 1989, he worked as a visiting professor at Irbid University in Jordan. Prof. retired in 1990. Dr. Muzaffer İsmet Ordemir continued to teach at METU until 1995. He is known as an engineer and academician who is known both in Turkey and internationally for his contributions and academic achievements in the field of education and research.
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