Dr Tamer RIZAOĞLU was born in Kahramanmaraş, Turkey, in 1969. He formerly worked at Aksaray University and now he has been working as an Associate Professor at the department of Geological Engineering in Kahramanmaras Sütçü İmam University, Turkey since 2008. He received a B.S degree in Geological Engineering from Dokuz Eylül University (DEU), İzmir in 1993, M.S. and PhD degrees in same field from the University of Cukurova (CU), Adana, Turkey, in 2000 and 2006, respectively. His PhD thesis entitled “Geology and Petrology of the tectonomagmatic units cropping out between Baskil and Sivrice (Elazığ) area” was awarded by Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK). He completed three months training in 2003 on Geological Risks organized by the University of Geneva, Switzerland including fieldworks in Italy and France. His primary specialization is petrology of ophiolitic and granitic rocks. Broadly his research concerns geochemical and petrographical characteristics of the magmatic rocks. He is also interested in industrial raw materials and has been conducting projects on producing building materials based on geological sources. He has been working on interdisciplinary research projects dealing with soil chemistry and petrography since 2012.