We lost Prof. Dr. Osman Cahit Eralp; the founder of our company, our irreplacable mentor, distinguished faculty member of METU on the 27th of September, 2010.
Osman Cahit ERALP was born on 15th November, 1950 in Gelibolu. He graduated from TED Ankara College in 1967 and obtained his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from METU in 1971. He completed his masters in the same department in 1974. He also became a research assistant in METU Mechanical Engineering Department in 1971 and apart from the interval in which he was pursuing his doctoral degree in UK he worked in METU Mechanical Engineering Department for his whole life.
Professor Eralp started his work in METU Mechanical Engineering Department in 1980 upon his return from England, where he completed his doctoral degree. He made remarkable contributions in his field of expertise; applied fluid mechanics as well as in many other subjects of engineering. He supervised completion of more than sixty graduate theses and oversaw upcoming of many engineers who contribute to the national industry as well as many qualified academics who then followed his footsteps. Most of the theses he supervised focused on crucial problems of national industry and substantially contributed to solutions of those. Gas turbines, compressors, pumps, fans and ventilation systems, pipelines and hydraulic systems are subjects he mainly conducted his life's work. The reputable Turkish company Arçelik honored him with a "Technology Award" for his contributions to the company's work. He was an honor-member of the Turkish Association of Pump and Valve Manifacturers (POM-SAD). He was the representative of Turkey in NATO AGARD for many years. He participated in board of directors TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center and TÜBİTAK-SAGE and made invaluable contributions to both institutions.
TARU Engineering Inc. was founded under his guidance and leadership in 2006. He managed to maintain his close interest in the company's work until the last days of his life. Expert engineers and researchers who were mentored by him continue their work under the roof of TARU Inc. according to his principles and values. TARU Engineering continues its activities by constantly advancing and growing with great respect to his memory and legacy.