Prof. Dr. Ahmet Mete Saatçi, SUEN President


Prof. Dr. Ahmet Mete Saatçi received his BSc Degree in Chemical Engineering from Middle East Technical University (METU) in 1972. He obtained his MSc in the same field in 1973. Between 1973 and 1976, he worked as an assistant in the Department of Environmental Engineering at Istanbul Technical University (ITU). He worked at Iowa State University from 1976 to 1979 where he obtained his PhD degree in 1979.


He worked at the University of King Abdulaziz between 1980 and 1990. He became associate professor in 1985 and professor in 1991.


He established the Environmental Engineering Department in Marmara University and served as Head of Department from 1990 to 2011. With a broad teaching experience, he lectured in undergraduate and graduate courses in Turkey and abroad on environmental engineering, water chemistry, unit operations, water and wastewater treatment plant design, operation and modelling. He gave seminars for water and wastewater treatment plant operators.


He worked as a consultant to water and sewerage administrations in many cities throughout Turkey and abroad. He supervised various MSc and PhD studies in Turkey and other countries. He is the author of numerous papers, critiques and conference proceedings published in international journals.


Prof. Saatçi was a member of the Scientific Committee of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) between 2005 and 2011.


He served as Vice Secretary General of the 5th World Water Forum held in Istanbul in 2009. During this mission, he gave speeches in 18 countries (Japan, USA, Brazil, Turkey, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, Italy, France, Bosnia, Egypt, Tunisia, Spain, Cyprus, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Bulgaria).


Prof. Saatçi is the founding President of SUEN which was established in November 2011.


During his service, he acted as the President of the European Network of Basin Organizations (Europe-INBO) for the 2012-2013 period. He served as the Vice Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Ilısu Dam and HEPP Project for the years of 2013-2019. Prof. Saatçi is currently member of the Board of Governors of World Water Council (WWC), member in the Scientific Committee of European Environmental Agency (EEA) and member of the Managing Committee of the Blue Peace in the Middle East initiative of which SUEN functions as the Coordination Office.

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