Preface Somer Symposium Series I

This special issue of Chemical Engineering Communications contains 20 of the reviewed articles selected from the presentations made at the Somer Symposium I, held at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara Turkey, May 14–15, 2007. The major objective of this symposium was to bring together experts from industry and academia to highlight the role of innovation in the future of Chemical Engineering. Technological, research, and educational aspects, including sustainable processes, alternative energy sources, materials science, and biotechnology applications, were covered. The role of Chemical Engineering in the development of knowledge was discussed. The symposium program covered 12 invited keynote lectures, 10 oral, and 119 poster presentations. We are indebted to the keynote speakers Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Komiyama (President of Tokyo University), Prof. Dr. Milorad Dudukovic (Washington University), Prof. Dr. Ilhan Aksay (Princeton University), Prof. Dr. Nicholas Abbott (University of Wisconsin), Dr. Jeff Siirola (Eastman Chemical Co.), Mr. Timur Erk (President of Turkish Chemical Manufacturers Association), Prof. Dr. Benjamim McCoy (University of California, Davis), Mr. Alber Bilen (former President of Turkish Chemical Manufacturers Association), Prof. Dr. Robert R. Furgason (Director of Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University), Mr. Ugur Yuce (Turkish Technology Development Foundation), Prof. Dr. Erdogan Gulari (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), and Prof. Dr. Arif Caglar (Hacettepe University), who presented excellent review lectures highlighting the importance of innovation in Chemical Engineering. This is the first of a series of symposiums planned to be organized in the memory of Professor Tarik G. Somer, who was the initiator of modern Chemical Engineering education in Turkey and also the founder of the Chemical Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara. After getting his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and University of Maryland respectively, Dr. Somer worked as a research engineer at DuPont Co. between 1954 and 1956. He was appointed as the founding Chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering at METU in 1957. He served as the President of METU and Ankara University in 1974–76 and 1982–87, respectively. He also was the President of the Council of Turkish Universities. Being the chief technical advisor of UNESCO, he contributed to the establishment of the university system in Uganda. He also worked in Technische Hochschule Darmstadt as a Visiting Professor. Besides his memberships in a number of professional societies, he was also a member of the Union of Presidents of European Universities. We are grateful to Mr. Mete Bora (SUMMA) and Mr. Adem Unal (GEMSAN) for their continuous support during the organization of this symposium. We also would like to express our great appreciation to the Turkish Scientific and Technical Research Council (TUBITAK), Middle East Technical University administration, and to the academic staff, assistants, and alumni of the METU Copyright # Taylor & Francis Group, LLC ISSN: 0098-6445 print/1563-5201 online DOI: 10.1080/00986440802303731 LESS


First Stage in The Construction Of METU Turkish English Exam Corpus METU TEEC
Hatipoğlu, Çiler (2013-06-01)
This paper presents and discusses the first stages in the construction of the Middle East Technical University Turkish English Exam Corpus (METU TEEC), which has been compiled by a research team at Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey. The corpus consists of 1914 Linguistics and ELT exam papers (955483 words in total) written in timed circumstances with no access to reference material by the students at the Foreign Language Education (FLE) department at METU, Ankara between January 2005 a...
Introduction to the Theme: Cities, Security and Poverty
Keskinok, Hüseyin Çağatay (2015-02-01)
The EKISTICS 2013 Ankara Meeting was held between 7 - 11th, June 2013 in Ankara/Turkey, at both Middle East Technical University (METU) and Hacettepe University Beytepe Campus. At the METU sessions, following the opening speech by Prof.Dr. Ahmet Acar (Rector of METU), Prof.Dr. Guven Arif Sargm (Vice-President of the Chamber of Architects of Turkey) and Dr. Omit Ozcan (Vice President of Chamber of City Planners of Turkey) made remarkable presentations on the main theme of the Meeting with special reference t...
Quality management system in non-destructive testing laboratories: Accreditation as a testing laboratory
Gür, Cemil Hakan (1998-09-01)
This article presents the quality assurance system established in the NDT Laboratories of the Middle East Technical University - Welding Technology and NDT Centre in Ankara, Turkey. The quality assurance system is based on the requirements of EN 45001 : 'General criteria for the operation of testing laboratories'. In 1995 the quality system activities began, and these NDT laboratories were audited and accredited as a testing laboratory by DAR-Germany in November 1996.
Evaluation of computer education and instructional technology programs: Students' and faculty members' perception
Onay, Pınar; Yıldırım, Zahide; Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology (2003)
This study evaluated Computer Education and Instructional Technology Education Programs of Ankara, Gazi, Hacettepe and Middle East Technical Universities, in Ankara Turkey, through students' and faculty members' perceptions. The specific themes such as students' charactersitics, departments' goals, curriculum, quality, faculty members, resources, instructional and evaluation methods, weaknesses and powerful sides and understanding of instructional technology were investigated in this study. 352 students and...
Communication in an academic context
Gizir, S; Simsek, H (Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 2005-09-01)
The purpose of this qualitative case study is to investigate the most common communication problems from the views of faculty members at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. The sample of this study consists of 50 faculty members including professors, associate professors, assistant professors, and instructors from five largest departments representing five colleges at the Middle East Technical University. The data were gathered by utilizing interview method, including 19 interview questi...
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