He was born in 1967, Sanliurfa, Turkey. He completed his primary education in 1978 and his secondary education in 1981, Sanliurfa, Turkey. He graduated from Vocational High School for Industry in 1984 and attended to Electrical Programme of Higher Vocational School of Sanliurfa at the University of Dicle from 1984 to 1985, Sanliurfa, Turkey.

 He received his Bachelor’s degree from Geological Engineering Department, Engineering Faculty, Mediterranean University, 1991, Isparta, Turkey, and his Master of Science degree from Geological Engineering Department of Suleyman Demirel University, 1995, Isparta, Turkey, and his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Environmental Geology Division of Geological Engineering Department from the Cukurova University, 2000, Adana, Turkey, and finally his Postdoctoral degree from Geological Engineering Department at METU, 2007, Ankara, Turkey. From 1991 to 1993, he worked as a geological engineer for the Geotechnical Services and Groundwaters Section of the 16th District Directorate of State Hydraulic Works (DSI) in Atatürk Dam and Sanliurfa Tunnels of GAP Project, Sanliurfa, Turkey. He served as a member of the Sanliurfa Inspection Board for Unsanitary Establishments from 1995 to 1999. He is a member of the Turkish Chamber of Geological Engineers (JMO), The Turkish National Committee of International Association for Engineering Geology and The Environment (IAEG), The Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats The Turkish National Committee of International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), The Turkish National Committee of International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM), and The Turkish Drilling Association. 

 He was awarded “ERGUVANLI Engineering Geology Award” of 2000 and 2005 for his doctorate thesis and paper, respectively, his thesis’s topic of which is “Geological Site Selection for Hazardous Waste in Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) Area” and his paper’s topic of which is “Site selection for hazardous wastes: A case study from the GAP area, Turkey” published in journal of Engineering Geology, by the Turkish National Committee of International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG). He was granted with a “National Postdoctoral Research Scholarship” for his postdoctoral study, for six months period, by the Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) in 2007. He has been serving as adviser or panelist in the Environmental, Atmospheric, Earth and Marine Sciences Research Grant Group (ÇAYDAG) of the TUBITAK at the evaluation stages of proposals of national and international research projects since 2005. He is the author or coauthor in a lot of scientific and technical papers and he has led many projects as the principal researcher, or researcher. His principal research interests are in the areas of environmental geology and environmental geotechnics, site selection for landfills, and groundwater contamination.

 At present, he is a professor in Environmental Engineering Department, Engineering Faculty, Harran University. He has been teaching the courses in soil mechanics, hydrology, environmental geology, material science, municipal solid wastes and hazardous wastes at the undergraduate level since 1993, and recovery techniques for municipal solid wastes and advanced environmental geology at the graduate level since 2003.


Prof. Dr. M. Irfan YESILNACAR

Environmental Engineering Department

Harran University, Osmanbey Campus

63050 Haliliye, Sanliurfa, Turkey