Tuba Özkan-Haller

Dr. Tuba Özkan-Haller has been appointed acting dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) beginning August 9, 2021.

Dean Roberta Marinelli began a temporary post as director of the National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs (OPP). Over the next year, she will lead OPP into a new era of polar research in the context of the Earth as an integrated system. 

Tuba recently celebrated her 20-year anniversary at Oregon State. She presently serves as associate vice president for Research Administration and Development and professor in the colleges of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and Engineering. She previously served as CEOAS Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Advancement.

Özkan-Haller has led the Office of Sponsored Research and Awards Administration and has guided building the university’s research development capacity and providing strategy to meet the needs of OSU’s growing research enterprise. As a faculty member, she focuses on attaining a predictive understanding of the nearshore ocean including forecasting waves, circulation, and coastal change on beaches, inlets, and estuaries. Nationally, Tuba has served for two terms as a member of the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and has chaired or participated in various NASEM studies. She has recently also been selected to serve on NOAA’s Hydrographic Survey Review Panel starting January 2022.

Tuba is a recipient of the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, an Outstanding Faculty Member Award at the University of Michigan, as well as a Pattullo Award for Excellence in Teaching and Woman of Excellence Award at OSU. She holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey, and a M.C.E. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Delaware.

We welcome Tuba to this new role and wish Roberta all the best with her NSF assignment.

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