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Dr. Jeff Turk

Title: Director of IESA
IESA Director
Phone: 678-717-3768

Office: Science, Engineering, Tech, 260, Gainesville
Areas of Expertise: Engineering, design and management of environmental systems, Systems science, Mechanical engineering design, Engineering education

Courses Taught

  • ENGR 1101- Introduction to Engineering and Design
  • ENGR 1770 - Engineering Graphics and Design
  • ENGR 2001- Engineering Statics
  • ENGR 3301- Deformable Bodies
  • ENGR 3340K - Fluid Mechanics
  • ENVE 1103 - Introduction to Environmental Professions
  • ENVE 2771K - Graphics and Information Visualization
  • ESCI 1101 - Environmental Science
  • ESCI 3001K - Land Use and Conservation
  • GEOL 1121K - Physical Geology
  • GEOL 1122K - Historical Geology
  • PHYS 1101/L - Physical Science 1
  • PHYS 1102/L - Physical Science 2
  • PHYS 1103/L - Physical Science 3
  • PHYS 1111/L - Introductory Physics 1
  • PHYS 1112/L - Introductory Physics 2
  • SCTS 1502 - Science, Engineering & Technology in Society


  • Ph.D., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of Georgia
  • M.E., Mechanical Engineering, Florida Atlantic University
  • B.S., Ocean Engineering, Florida Atlantic University
  • A.A., Business Administration, Gainesville State College
  • A.S., Geology, Gainesville State College

Research/Special Interests

Dr. Turk has special interests in systems science and the philosophies and techniques for the design and management of environmental systems.


Selected Publications

  • Turk, HJ, Transfer Bridge Programs, Best Practices for Preparing Two-Year College Students for Geoscience Degrees in Georgia, Geoscience Workshop, University of North Georgia, May, 2013.
  • Turk, HJ, 2012. Toward Philosophies and Methods for Planning, Design and Management of Environmental Systems, Dissertation of Ph.D., The University of Georgia Press.
  • Turk, HJ, Golden Threads in Exponential Times, Keynote Speaker, 2011 Georgia Academy of Science Conference, Oakwood, GA, March, 2011.
  • Mobasher, K., Turk, J., Witherspoon, W., Tate, L. 2015. Enhancement of a Virtual Geology Field Guide of Georgia Initiative Using Gigapan© and ArcGIS Online’s Story Map. American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.
  • Mobasher,K., Turk, J., Tate, L., Facilitating Student Engagement in Geosciences through Development of a Virtual Geo-Database for Georgia Using ArcGIS Online-(Geological Society of America, Chattanooga, TN, March 2015)
  • Mobasher,K., Turk, J., Coordinators and conveners for Developing a Virtual Geologic Field Guide of Georgia Using ArcGIS Online Workshop an ArcGIS online /Geology workshop – University of North Georgia (2015)
  • Mobasher,K., Turk, J., Tate, L., Developing an interactive geologic field guide for Georgia using ArcGIS Online-( Geological Society of America's meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, October 2014)
  • Mobasher,K., Turk, J., Coordinators and conveners for Developing a Virtual Geologic Field Guide of Georgia Using ArcGIS Online Workshop an ArcGIS online /Geology workshop – University of North Georgia (2015)


  • Articles:
    • Turk HJ, Comparative analyses of microdynamic environ flows in an ecological network. Proposed Submittal Date – Summer 2017
    • Turk HJ, 2017. Systems: Descriptions, Comparisons and Causality. Proposed Submittal Date – Summer 2017
  • Books:
    • Turk, HJ, Philosophy and Methods: The Planning, Design and Management of Environmental Systems. Proposed Submittal Date – Spring 2018

Work Experience

After working several years in the aerospace and transportation industries, Dr. Turk began teaching physical science at the Gainesville campus in 1994 and became a physics lab coordinator and instructor in 1997. In 1988, Dr. Turk became an instructor of engineering and began the Gainesville engineering program in that same academic year.

Dr. Turk served as the sole Gainesville engineering faculty until 2010 during which time the engineering program grew significantly. He also concurrently served for five years as the campus right-to-know and hazardous waste & materials coordinator. Dr. Turk became the Lewis F. Rogers Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis’s (IESA) interim Director in January of 2010 and then Director in July of 2013. Dr. Turk is one of the founding members of the Institute of Environmental Spatial Analysis where he has served continuously on its advisory board since the institute’s inception in 2001.

Personal Information

Dr. Turk likes to travel, enjoys the beach, mountains, sports and outdoor activities. 

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