Berrin-Tansel-fiu-college-engineering-computing-ceeEvery year, the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES) honors an individual who demonstrates leadership, originality and has innovative solutions to current environmental challenges.

Berrin Tansel, professor of environmental engineering and undergraduate program director in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was recognized this year. As the first female faculty member to join the College of Engineering & Computing in 1990, Tansel has been awarded AAEES’ 2021 Science Award for her contributions to the field of environmental engineering.

Growing up in a small town in Turkey, Tansel, who is a chemical engineer by training, moved to the states when she received a scholarship to pursue her master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Wisconsin. At the time, environmental engineering was emerging, with regulations being changed by the Environmental Protection Agency, paving the way for new water treatment projects and the creation of jobs.

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