Dr. Ersin Arıoğlu (Member)

Ersin Arıoğlu was born in Istanbul on June 10th, 1940. He graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering in 1963 and held teaching and research assistant position at the same university until 1969. He also was a member of the Republican People’s Party, being President of Youth Branch of Şişli precinct in Istanbul as well between 1958-1960.

Ersin Arıoğlu founded Yapı Merkezi project company in 1965 and turned it out to a Group of 12 companies active in the areas of R&D – Engineering & Design – general Construction Contracting – Industry – Education and Tourism. Yapı Merkezi Group has been a pioneer in many areas by realizing many national & international infrastructure projects by developing and using advanced technologies especially in high-strength-concrete production, construction of industrial estates, light rail transportation systems, mass housing projects, bridges and viaducts. During this development, companies of the Yapı Merkezi Group got Turkey’s leadership in prefabricated building materials and fiber-glass-reinforced-plastic water pipe production. On the international platform, Yapı Merkezi has been ranked 111th in the Top 225 International Contractors List and 3rd in the Top International Light Rail / Mass Transit Contractors List, of the Engineering News Record (ENR). Ersin Arıoğlu led the Yapı Merkezi Group of Companies as the Chairman until November 2003 when he was elected as Member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey from the Republican People’s Party.

Ersin Arıoğlu has a patent of earthquake-proof construction method. He also developed knowledge-processing methods to be used in education programs. He has published more than seventy articles which appeared in various international and national technical journals, mainly in the areas of earthquake engineering, concrete technology, transportation systems and construction methods, quality management, science centers, education methods, creative thinking. He attended more than thirty national/international conferences and seminars as lecturer. Arıoğlu was the Editor of the Turkish Structural Catalogue I-II (1966-67) and the book of the Symposium in the Memory of Prof. Turgan Sabis (1995). He is also the author of a book on Structural Dynamics.

Arıoğlu is active member of NGO’s in the field of Science – Education – Politics and had been Chairman of Boards or Technical Committees, being founding member of some of them. He is currently member of the Turkish Earthquake Foundation Board Member, Turkish-Japan Business Council’s Advisory Board member, Istanbul Technical University Foundation’s trustee and Advisory Board member and Geyre-Afrodisias Museum Foundation’s Honorary member. Arıoğlu is the founder member of science center Foundation and was the Chairman until November 2002 when he was elected as Member of the Grand National Assembly.

Arıoğlu also got internationally active posts. He was honorary Consul of Slovenia in Istanbul from 1996 until he was elected as Member of the Grand National Assembly. Arıoğlu is still a Board member of an international NGO ICG (International Crisis Group – Brussels) since 1997, where he also was Executive Committee ember between 1999-2002.

Arıoğlu’s works were awarded nationally and internationally. Some of the rewards: Honorary Certificate by UITP (International Union of Public Transport – Brussels) because of contributions to development of mass transportation – 1993; Prefabricated Building of the Year Award (Davutpaşa Viaducts) by Turkish Prefabrication Association – 1994; Superior Service to Precast Industry Award by Bosphorus University – 1997; degree of Ph.D. (Hon. Causa) by the Faculty of Engineering of Marmara University for his scientific contributions to the “quality in civil engineering” and “quality person in education” – 1997; Dr. R. Yüce Meslekte success in the Profession Award by Middle East technical University Education Foundation – 1999 .

Ersin Arıoğlu is married to Atiye Ülkü Uluğ in 1966 and has four children (Başar 1967, Elif Oral 1968, Erdem 1969, Özge 1975). He speaks English in good level as foreign language. Arıoğlu was elected as Member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey from the Republican People’s Party on 3.10.2002 from Istanbul.

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