In a tiny town in Turkey, a young Berrin Tansel spent much of her time swimming with her five brothers and sisters in the clear coastal waters. But when they began coming home with black, sticky tar on their feet ― a sign of the arrival of the petroleum industry ― Tansel knew her agricultural and fishing village was in for a change.

What she couldn’t know at the time was how much her own life would be impacted by this environmental event.

Today, Berrin Tansel, Ph.D., is a professor of environmental engineering and undergraduate program director of FIU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. An expert in coastal water management and pollution, coastal hazards and water conservation, Tansel has received numerous honors including the prestigious 2021 Science Award from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists. She was also named the 2021 Margaret S. Petersen Outstanding Woman of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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