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Mufit Akinc named interim director of the Iowa Energy Center

By Office of the Vice President for Research

Mufit Akinc, a professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University, was named interim director of the Iowa Energy Center, effective August 16, 2016.

Akinc succeeds the previous director, Mark Petri, who announced his resignation in June to take a position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He will serve through the search for a new permanent director

Vice President for Research Sarah Nusser, in making the appointment, noted Akinc has distinguished himself both as a scientist and administrator, including service as interim dean of Iowa State’s College of Engineering, and 11 years as chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

About the interim director:

Professor Mufit Akinc has been a faculty member at Iowa State University since 1981. In addition to his position in materials science and engineering, Mufit also holds a courtesy appointment in chemical and biological engineering, and is an associate scientist for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory.

Akinc’s research involves interdisciplinary processes that improve the property and performance of materials by manipulating chemistry and processing methods, including the synthesis of biology inspired nanomaterials.

Appointed three times as a United Nations consultant to Korea and Turkey, Akinc has lectured throughout the world, including Switzerland, Japan, China, Turkey and Poland. From 2006 to 2010, he also served as an international advisor to Japan’s National Institute of Materials Science.

Akinc was elected to the European Academy of Sciences in 2003. He is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and ASM International (the Materials Information Society). He was elected to ASM International’s board of trustees in 2008. Akinc also served as an associate editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society.

Akinc earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. He received his doctorate in ceramic engineering from Iowa State. Before joining the ISU faculty, Akinc was an assistant professor at Kansas State University; and Middle East Technical University in Turkey.

About the Iowa Energy Center

The Iowa Energy Center was created by the Iowa Energy Efficiency Act of 1990 with a mission to:

  • Help Iowa decrease its dependence on imported fuels and to decrease reliance on energy production from non-renewable, resource depleting fuels
  • Conduct and sponsor research, demonstration, and educational projects on energy efficiency, conservation, and alternative energy systems
  • Assist Iowans in assessing technology related to energy efficiency and alternative energy production systems

The Center supports Iowa economic growth through collaborative projects that bring smart and sustainable energy technologies closer to market, and providing Iowans with reliable, objective information on energy and efficiency options.


Breehan Gerleman, 515-294-6257