He was born in Giresun in 1956. He graduated from Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Faculty of Civil Engineering in 1980. In the same university, he completed his Master’s Degree in 1983 and received his Ph.D. in 1988. He started his academic career as Research Assistant in Sakarya State Academy of Architecture and Engineering in 1980. He was promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor in Department of Civil Engineering, ITU Sakarya Faculty of Engineering in 1988, Associate Professor in 1994 and Professor in 2000. During Vice President period between 2002 and 2010, he conducted leading works at the national and international level in the area of “strategic planning, physical development, education, revolving funds and investments.” Prof. Dr. Muzaffer Elmas has been serving as President of Sakarya University since 2010. He is married and has two children.