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George S. Whitby Award.

Dr. Burak Erman will be awarded the 2007 George S. Whitby Award for Distinguished Teaching and Research. The award, sponsored by Cabot, honors outstanding international teachers of chemistry and polymer science Polymer science or macromolecular science is the subfield of materials science concerned with polymers, primarily synthetic polymers such as plastics. The field of polymer science includes researchers in multiple disciplines including chemistry, physics, and engineering. , and recognizes innovative research.

Erman, a professor at Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey, earned his undergraduate and Masters degrees in Civil Engineering at Robert College Robert College: see Bosporus, Univ. of the.  in Istanbul. He completed his Ph.D. at Istanbul Technical University History
Considered as the world's second institution of higher learning specifically dedicated to engineering education, Istanbul Technical University (ITU) has a long and distinguished history which began in 1773.
 in 1974 in the field of materials science materials science

Study of the properties of solid materials and how those properties are determined by the material's composition and structure, both macroscopic and microscopic.
 where he investigated the viscoelastic Adj. 1. viscoelastic - having viscous as well as elastic properties
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
 properties of fiber reinforced epoxy composites.

Erman joined the research group of Professor P.J. Flory at Stanford University Stanford University, at Stanford, Calif.; coeducational; chartered 1885, opened 1891 as Leland Stanford Junior Univ. (still the legal name). The original campus was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. David Starr Jordan was its first president.  in 1976 as a Post-Doctoral Fsellow. His collaboration with Professor Flory continued until 1985 at regular intervals as a visiting research scholar both at Stanford University and at IBM Research Center, San Jose. His other scientific collaborations include the Max-Planck Institute fur Polymerforschung in Mainz, and ESPCI ESPCI Ecole SupĂ©rieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris (France) , Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie Structurale et Macromoleculaire, Paris. He has been collaborating with Prof. J.E. Mark at Cincinnati University on rubber elasticity since 1987. He has over 200 scientific papers in refereed journals, two books and three edited books.

He served on the faculty of Robert College School of Engineering during 1969-1971. Erman served on the faculty of Bogazici University from 1971 to 1998, as an assistant, associate and full professor, where he taught materials science, mechanics and polymer science courses. He founded the now well-known Center for Polymer Research at Bogazici University.

In 1998, Erman moved to Sabanci University in Istanbul, where he designed and started the Materials Science and Chemistry program in the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences. In 2002, he accepted a position at Koc University in Istanbul, where he is currently a professor at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
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