Canan Atılgan received her BS degree from the Department of Chemical Engineering of Boğaziçi University in 1991, and her PhD degree from the same institution in 1996. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Supercomputer Computations Research Institute of Florida State University until 1999. Since then, she has been a faculty member at the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences of Sabancı University where she has been appointed full professor in 2007. She is the recipient of Boğaziçi University PhD Thesis (1996), TÜBİTAK Encouragement (2002), Turkish Academy of Sciences Young Scientist (2004), L’Oréal Turkey For Women in Science (2005) Awards. She is an elected member of the Science Academy. Dr. Atılgan’s expertise is on the computational and theoretical investigation of complex molecular systems. Her main focus is on disclosing dynamical features of soft matter systems that lead to unique behaviour identified, but not explained, through experiments. Protein dynamics, manipulation of protein conformations, understanding the antibiotic resistance problem at the scale of the three-dimensional structure of single proteins, prediction and control of nanostructures formed by self-organizing oligomeric systems are areas of current interest for her. Dr. Atılgan has also contributed to the reflection of the new learning patterns to the teaching of science at the University level. She has been applying and disseminating new paradigms such as student-centered learning and flipped classroom techniques to the courses she teaches at all levels of the University. She is on the editorial board of the Turkish language popular science web site sarkac.org where she is also a regular contributor.
Professor Kıbrıs received a BS in Industrial Engineering in 1992 and an MA in Economics in 1995 from Bilkent University. He received his PhD in Economics in 2000 from University of Rochester. He has joined Sabancı University in 2001 as an Assistant Professor. He became an Associate Professor in 2009 and a full Professor in 2015. Outside Sabancı University, Professor Kıbrıs also worked at Universite Catholique de Louvain, University of Rochester, and Duke University, where he taught classes and did research. At Sabancı University, he previously served as the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Professor Kıbrıs’ research and teaching activities focus on political economy, social choice theory, game theory, and decision theory. The Turkish Academy of Sciences has awarded his research with an Incentive Award in 2003 and a GEBIP Award in 2006. His teaching activities on these fields were awarded by Sabancı University with a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Award in 2010.
Nihat Kasap holds a Ph.D. in Business with MIS major from University of Florida and B.S. and M.S. degrees from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey and University of Florida respectively. He has joined Sabancı University, School of Management in 2004 as an Assistant Professor. He became an Associate Professor in 2012 and a full Professor in 2017. His research focuses on pricing and QoS issues in telecommunication networks, mobile technologies in E-government services, heuristic design and optimization, Social Media Analytics and Data Mining. His works have appeared in Operations Research Letters, Decision Support Systems, International Journal of Forecasting, Decision Sciences, International Journal of Systems Science, Annals of OR, Expert Systems with Applications and in the Proceedings of numerous international and national conferences. The research projects that he joint have been awarded funding from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) and Ministry of Industry and Commerce.