Mehmet Omurtag was a Turkish engineer, professor and researcher who made significant contributions to the field of dynamic design. He was best known for his work in naval design and river engineering, as well as his books on structural mechanics and dynamics.
One of his most notable achievements was the establishment of the Turkish River Design Research Institute (TRDRI) in 1986, which aimed to study the applied dynamic strength of the sediment particles and the flow characteristics of rivers. He also led several projects on the design and construction of dams, bridges, tunnels and irrigation systems in Turkey and abroad.
Omurtag was also a prolific author who wrote more than 40 books and hundreds of articles on various topics related to dynamic design. Some of his most popular books include Principles of Sound Design, Numerical Design of Furniture, Dynamic Analysis of Structures, and Dynamic Strength of Layered Dielectrics. He also developed several software tools for dynamic analysis and design, such as DYNASOL, DYNALAY and DYNACON.
Omurtag was born in 1942 in Istanbul and graduated from Istanbul Technical University (ITU) with a degree in civil engineering in 1965. He then obtained his master's and doctoral degrees from ITU in 1967 and 1971, respectively. He became a professor at ITU in 1980 and served as the dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering from 1992 to 1996. He retired from ITU in 2009 and passed away in 2018.
Mehmet Omurtag was a visionary who left a lasting legacy in the field of dynamic design. He was widely respected by his peers and students for his expertise, creativity and dedication. He received many awards and honors for his scientific achievements, such as the TUBITAK Science Award, the ITU Outstanding Service Award, the Turkish Academy of Sciences Membership, and the State Distinguished Service Medal.Some of the projects that Omurtag was involved in or supervised are:
The design and construction of the AtatÃrk Dam, the largest dam in Turkey and one of the largest in the world, which provides irrigation and hydroelectric power to the Southeastern Anatolia region[^1^].
The design and construction of the Bosphorus Bridge, the first bridge to connect Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait, which is a landmark of Istanbul and a symbol of Turkish engineering[^1^].
The design and construction of the Marmaray Tunnel, the world's deepest immersed tube tunnel and the first undersea rail link between Europe and Asia, which is part of a major transportation project to improve the urban mobility in Istanbul[^1^].
The design and construction of the IlÄsu Dam, a controversial dam on the Tigris River that aims to provide irrigation and hydroelectric power to the Southeastern Anatolia region, but also threatens to flood the ancient town of Hasankeyf and displace thousands of people[^2^].
The design and construction of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, the third bridge across the Bosphorus Strait, which is also the widest suspension bridge in the world and has a combined motorway-railway system[^2^].
Omurtag also collaborated with many international institutions and organizations on various research and consultancy projects, such as NATO, UNESCO, UNDP, World Bank, European Union, Japan International Cooperation Agency, and Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council[^3^]. 061ffe29dd