MADISON – In a January ceremony held at the presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey, and attended by Turkish dignitaries, including the president, president of the parliament, prime minister, cabinet ministers, university presidents, and others, University of Wisconsin-Madison Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Tuncer Edil received the Special Science Award from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.

Bestowed by the president of the Republic of Turkey, the award honors scholars abroad who have made outstanding contributions to science and technology at the international level.

Edil is a geotechnical engineer whose research includes coastal erosion, construction of highways over poor subgrades, use of industrial by-products and geosynthetics in highway construction. He also studies filtration and interface friction of geosynthetics, and compatibility of geosynthetic clay liners and other geosynthetics with acidic mine waste.