Dr. İsmail Arı, who is currently Özyeğin University’s TTO and Entrepreneurship Director, served as the Vice President of TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) and Deputy General Manager of Teknopark Istanbul between 2013-2018. Before these roles, he worked as an Assistant Professor at Özyeğin University in Computer Science Department and a senior researcher at Hewlett Packard Labs in Silicon Valley/USA (2004-2009). He received his PhD degree in 2004 from University of California Santa Cruz, Computer Science Department. His research areas include big data, cloud computing, and networked storage systems. He has international publications and US patents related to these topics. After joining Özyeğin University in 2009 he has received several awards and research grants including IBM Top Faculty Contributor Award, EU Marie Curie IRG (International Reintegration Grant), TÜBİTAK National Young Researcher Career Award, and Rector’s Merit Award. Dr. Arı, has also been involved as a lead investigator, consultant and referee in a large numbers of industrial projects within the scope of University Industry Cooperation. Dr. Ari is a member of IEEE, ACM and a founding member of the IBM Cloud Academy.
Prof. Mehmet ARIK
Professor and Director of EVATEG Center for Energy Efficient Electronics and Lighting Technologies, Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey
Dr. Mehmet Arik obtained his BSc degree in mechanical engineering from İstanbul Technical University, İstanbul, Turkey. He completed MSc degree at the University of Miami, USA. His PhD degree was awarded at the University of Minnesota (USA), focusing on the thermal management of advanced electronic components and Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), in 2001. He has worked at the General Electric Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY, on the thermal management of electronics as a senior research scientist and program manager between 2000 and 2011.
Dr. Arik has joined department of mechanical engineering at Ozyegin University as a full time faculty member in 2011. His current research focuses on energy, medical, electronics, defense and solid state lighting technologies. He established EVATEG center (Energy Efficient Electronics and Lighting Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstration Center). EVATEG center that has over 80 global collaborators from academia, industry and government entities. He has published over 180 research papers in conferences and journals and owns over 135 patents/pending patent applications.
Dr. Arik, an ASME fellow, serves as associate editor for IEEE Components and Packaging Technologies, ASME Journal of Electronics Packaging. He also serves for Journal of Solid State Lighting editorial board, ASRO Journal of Applied Mechanics and scientific committee member for International Center for Heat and Mass Transfer. Dr. Arik has been serving as a board member for Aselsan Corporation which is the largest Turkish Defense Company since April 2018.
Assistant Prof. Burhan GÜLBAHAR
Applied Research Center of Technology Products Director
Dr. Burhan Gülbahar received the B. Sc. and M. Sc. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1999 and 2002, respectively. He had been a research assistant at Next-generation and Wireless Communications Laboratory (NWCL) and has received his Ph. D. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Koç University, İstanbul, Turkey in January 2012. His current research interests are in nanoscale optical communications, graphene and carbon nanotube communication networks, underwater communication networks, cognitive radio networks, wireless sensor networks and quantum communications. He has served in technical program committees of international conferences on communications and networking. Dr. Gülbahar is a member of IEEE (Communications Society).
Prof. Dr. Pınar MENGÜÇ
Director of the Center for Energy, Environment and Economy (CEEE)
Prof. Dr. M. Pinar Mengüç obtained his BS and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Middle East Technical University (METU), in Ankara, Turkey. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, Indiana, USA in 1985. He joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky the same year as an assistant professor, and was promoted to the ranks of associate and full professor in 1988 and 1993, respectively. In 2006, he was recognized as an Honorary Professor at ESPOL (Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral), Guayaquil, Ecuador. Prof. Dr. Mengüç was a visiting professor at the Universita degli Studi "Federico II," in Napoli, Italy in 1991, and at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University in Boston during the 1998-1999 academic year. He served as the coordinator of the Umbrella Program on Nano-Scale Engineering (UPoN) and the director of the Nano-Scale Engineering Certificate Program at the University of Kentucky. In 2008, he was named as the Engineering Alumni Association Professor at the University of Kentucky.
Prof. Dr. Mengüç has five assigned and two pending patents. He has authored/coauthored more than 120 international refereed journal articles, more than 170 conference papers, more than 100 international invited/keynote speeches, and two books. To date, he has guided more than 50 M.Sc. and Ph.D. students and post-doctoral fellows. Since early 2009 he has been at Ozyegin University in Istanbul as the Head of Mechanical Engineering Program and the Founding Director of the Center for Energy, Environment, and Economy. As of 2017, he has been managing three large-scale European Union projects at the CEEE.
Prof. Dr. Mengüç was selected to the ranks of fellow by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and by the International Center for Heat and Mass Transfer (ICHMT) in 1999 and 2002, respectively. He has also been assigned as the Turkish Delegate to European Framework programs on the Energy Commission for the years between 2010 and 2016. He received the Faculty Excellence Award for Information Transfer and the Faculty Excellence Award for Research from Özyeğin University in 2014 and 2015, respectively. In 2016, he was elected to the Science Academy of Turkey.
Prof. Murat UYSAL
The Center of Excellence for Optical Wireless Communications Technologies Director
Murat Uysal received the B.Sc. and the M.Sc. degree in electronics and communication engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 1995 and 1998, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, in 2001. Dr. Uysal is currently a Full Professor and Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey. Prior to joining Ozyegin University, he was a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo (Canada) where he still holds an adjunct faculty position. Dr. Uysal’s research interests are in the broad areas of communication theory and signal processing with a particular emphasis on the physical layer aspects of wireless communication systems in radio, acoustic and optical frequency bands. He has authored more than 190 journal and conference papers on these topics and received more than 2800 citations.
Dr. Uysal is a Senior IEEE member and an active contributor to his professional society. He currently leads the EU COST Action OPTICWISE which is a consolidated European scientific platform for interdisciplinary research activities in the emerging area of optical wireless communications. Dr. Uysal serves on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Wiley Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing (WCMC) Journal, and Wiley Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies (ETT). In the past, he served as an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2003-2011) and IEEE Communications Letters (2004-2012). Dr. Uysal is the recipient of several awards including the Turkish Academy of Sciences Distinguished Young Scientist Award, University of Waterloo Engineering Research Excellence Award, and Discovery Accelerator Supplement (DAS) Award from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) among others.
Prof. Dr. Yener ÜNVER
German Law Application and Research Center Director
Prof. Dr. Yener Ünver works as the Dean of the Faculty of Law. Prof. Yener Ünver received his LLB from Istanbul University in 1986. He obtained his LLM and PhD in Public Law from the Graduate School of Social Sciences at Istanbul University in 1990 and 1996, respectively. Between 1989 and 1992, Prof. Ünver delivered the General Provisions of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law courses at Istanbul University. Following his PhD, Prof. Yener taught undergraduate courses on General Provisions of Criminal Law, Special Provisions of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law, Mass Communication Law and International Criminal Law at the School of Law and School of Economics at Istanbul University as an assistant professor till 2001. He was appointed an associate professor and a professor in 2002 and 2008, respectively. Since his associate professorship, Prof. Yener Ünver taught the General Provisions of Criminal Law, Special Provisions of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law, Mass Communication Law and International Criminal Law courses at the School of Law at Istanbul University between 2002 and 2007. Between 2004 and 2006, he delivered the Sports Law course at the School of Physical Education and Sports at Istanbul University. Between 2002 and 2006 he taught the General Provisions of Criminal Law, Special Provisions of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law couses at the School of Law at Akdeniz University. Between 2005 and 2007 and between 2008 and 2011, he gave lectures on Special Provisions of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law at the School of Law at Istanbul Commerce University. Between 2006 and 2011, Prof. Ünver also taught LLB, LLM and PhD courses on Criminal Procedure Law, Mass Communications Law, Criminology, Comparative Criminal Law and Medical Law at the School of Law at Yeditepe University. Prof. Yener Ünver's research interests include general provisions of criminal law, special provisions of criminal law, criminal procedure law and medical law. Prof. Ünver has especially focused on comparative criminal law since 2005. Until June 2012 he worked as vice chairman of Türk Ceza Hukuku Derneği.