College of Engineering and Science

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Dr. Tanju Karanfil

Dr. Tanju Karanfil

Tanju Karanfil became associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Engineering and Science on January 1, 2014. With 17 years of service, this former Clemson University environmental engineering professor, researcher and department chair brings a wealth of experience to the associate dean’s office.

He was named chairman of the environmental engineering and earth sciences department in 2008. His primary teaching and research interests are in the fundamentals and applications of physiochemical processes in water, wastewater and hazardous waste treatment systems. His research group has also investigated the behavior of nanomaterials, especially carbon nanotubes and graphenes, in engineered and natural systems.

Karanfil has generated over $7M of research funding, and he has mentored more than 80 graduate students, post‐ doctoral research associates and international visiting scholars. He has produced more than 80 peer‐reviewed publications with an h index of about 25, and authored over 200 other technical presentations, reports, extended abstracts, and publications. He is a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award, and has been recognized by Clemson University with the McQueen Quattlebaum Faculty Achievement Award and the Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of South Carolina, and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.

Karanfil received his bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey in 1988. He completed his graduate work in environmental engineering, including his Ph.D. and postdoctoral studies, at the University of Michigan.

Reporting to the dean of the college, the associate dean of engineering and science for research and graduate studies coordinates the college’s various graduate-level activities — including oversight of the college's research centers, alliances and institutes. He assists in the coordination of research activities for the college by identifying and cultivating possible research opportunities. The associate dean approves the GS-2 forms for the college, along with coordinating the Graduate Teaching Assistant Certification Seminar and the Testing Program.

He is also responsible for the allocation/reallocation of existing space within the college and for planning and facilitating renovations of existing space. He also oversees the master’s degree programs offered externally.

For more information, you may contact Dr. Karanfil at:
Telephone: (864) 656-3200
Fax: (864) 656-4518
Address: 114 Riggs Hall Box 340901
Clemson University
Clemson, S.C. 29634-0901