Prof. Tuğrul graduated from the department of geological engineering at Istanbul University with a first rank in 1987 and started to work as a research assistant at the Applied Geology division of department of geological engineering, Istanbul University in 1989. In 1995, she got her PhD degree from the same department and later on received her “Associate Professor” academic title in 1999 and “Professor” title in 2005. She is currently the head of Applied Geology division and natural stone laboratory. In 2011, she was a visiting professor at department of geological engineering of Kent State University, and at department of mining engineering of Virginia Tech University in USA.
Prof. Tuğrul held the position as a vice chairman which was responsible for Europe at the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG) in between 2010 and 2014. She was also the vice chairman of the Aggregate Commission within IAEG in between 1998-2004, and has been the chairman of the Aggregate Commission since 2004. Prof. Tuğrul has been the founder member of the Turkish Society for Engineering Geology, which was established in 2014, and still holds this position. She is the advisory board member of Turkish Mining Development Foundation since 2005.
She has over than 150 national and international scientific publications. Seven PhD thesis, five of which were studied on aggregates, were supervised by Prof. Tuğrul. She has given a speech at more than ten international and national congresses or symposium as a keynote/invited speaker.
Prof. Tuğrul has been serving as an assistant editor and referee for many international and national scientific journals. In 2002, she received the “Richard Wolter’s” award from IAEG. She participated in organization committee of the several national scientific meetings and the symposium named “Industrial Minerals and Building Stones” (IMBS 2003), which was organized under the sponsorship of IAEG. The 5th Global Stone Congress was organized by Prof. Tuğrul, also the president of the congress, in Turkey, 2014. She served as the chairman of the aggregates, natural stones and engineering geology sessions of several national and international symposiums and continues to carry out her duties. Professor Dr. Atiye Tuğrul can speak English, French and Arabic.