Ayşe Gül Altınay received her Ph.D in Cultural Anthropology, with a Women’s Studies Certificate, from Duke University in 2001 and has since been teaching anthropology, cultural studies and gender studies at Sabancı University. She has served as Associate Editor of the European Journal of Women’s Studies (since 2009), Marie Jahoda Visiting Chair in International Gender Studies at Ruhr University-Bochum (2012), Visiting Faculty Fellow as part of the “Women Mobilizing Memory” Working Group at Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Difference (2014-2016) and Researcher in the CEU – Sabancı University Joint Academic Initiative on Gendered Memories of War and Political Violence (with Andrea Petö, 2011-2015). At Sabancı University, she has contributed to the development of the Cultural Studies BA and MA Programs, the Gender Studies Ph.D program, Gender Forum, and SU Gender, as well as the Sexual Harassment Policy Statement and Committee. Besides serving as the Director of SU Gender since 2016, Altınay has participated in the “Purple Certificate Program” since its inception in 2007 and has been the academic coordinator of “Curious Steps: Gender and Memory Walks of Istanbul” and “Transformative Activism: Rethinking Gender and Politics.” Altınay’s research and writing have focused on militarism, nationalism, violence, memory, gender, and sexuality. Among her books are The Myth of the Military-Nation: Militarism, Gender and Education (2004); Ebru: Reflections on Cultural Diversity in Turkey (2007, with Attila Durak); Violence Against Women in Turkey: A Nationwide Survey (2008, with Yeşim Arat); The Grandchildren: The Hidden Legacy of Lost Armenians in Turkey (2014, with Fethiye Çetin, trans. Maureen Freely), and Gendered Wars, Gendered Memories: Feminist Conversations on War, Genocide and Political Violence (2016, with Andrea Petö). Her co-authored book with Yeşim Arat, Türkiye’de Kadına Yönelik Şiddet (Violence Against Women in Turkey) was awarded the 2008 PEN Duygu Asena Award.
Aksay received his B.S.degree from the Civil Engineering Faculty of Yıldız Technical University in 1980, and earned an MBA from Istanbul University in 1982. Aksay worked as a Project Manager in a number of residence, museum and office headquarters constructions from 1980 to 1990. Joining the Sabancı Holding in 1990, Aksay was a Project Control Engineer in the construction of Sabancı Center towers between 1990 and 1993, and as an Operations Engineer after the completion of the towers in 1993 until 1997. In 1997, Aksay was appointed Assistant Project Manager to the Sabancı University campus construction. He was then positioned as the Construction and Operations Coordinator in 1999. Between 1997 and 2013, Aksay worked as Coordinator in the construction of the Sabancı University campus and the Nanotechnology Building, the renovation of Karaköy Minerva Palace, the construction of Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Toyotasa Kartal Headquarters and Logistics Center, and the operations of the campus. Aksay was promoted to Director of Operations and Technical Services in October 2013.
He received his B.Sc. (1986) in Industrial Engineering from Bosphorous University and his M.Sc. (1987) in International Management from Istanbul University. He worked as a Systems Analyst and Computer Programmer for Gripin Pharmaceuticals Co. (1983-1987). He joined Orta Anadolu Textiles Co. in 1988, where he was responsible for Marketing and Product Development until 1992 and served the same company as Quality Systems Coordinator until 1999. He became the ISO-9000 Quality System Auditor in 1993. Since 1994, he has participated in the Turkish and the European Quality Award Processes as Senior Assessor. He served as a member of the Executive Board of the National Quality Award (2005-2011) and as a member of the Board of Directors of Turkish Quality Association (2010-2011). He also served as a member of the Accreditation Board of MUDEK (Association of Evaluation and Accreditation of Engineering Programs) in years 2007-2012. He joined Sabanci University in 1999 and leads the Institutional Development team since 2001.
Marmara University and his master’s degree in International Education Policy and Management from Stanford University. Aydagül had served as an Executive Board Member at the Teacher Training Academy Foundation (ÖRAV), the Darüşşafaka Society and the Network of Education Policy Centers. He is a policy analyst and education specialist who has been working in the area for nearly 20 years and he has been working in Education Reform Initiative since 2003. Aydagül is the director of Education Reform Initiative since July 2013.
He received his BA in International Relations (1998) from İstanbul University, Faculty of Political Sciences and his master's degrees in European Law from Marmara University European Union Institute and in Information Studies from Aberystwyth University in Wales. He joined Sabanci University in 2005. After several duties in the Information Center, he has been appointed as Director in May 2013. He has also been acting as a board member of Anatolian University Libraries Consortium (ANKOS).
Mr. Bayırlı received his B.S.c degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, his master’s degree in Information and Telecommunication Systems from the John Hopkins University and MBA from Koç University. He had worked in textile industry between the years 2003 and 2011. He also took various management responsibilities in Koç University Facilities Management from 2012 to 2017. In addition, he has managed various revenue generated projects. He is the Director of Business Development Unit since December 2017.
He received his B.S. (1986) in Business and Administration Faculty of Istanbul University. He worked in Kordsa Cord Tyre Fabric Companys' Accounting and Finance Units. He joined Sabancı University in March 2000. He has been appointed as Director in October 2015.
Professor Carmine Difiglio serves as Director of the Istanbul International Center for Energy and Climate (IICEC, Sabancı University). IICEC is an independent research center collaborating with governments, industry partners, universities and research institutions. IICEC provides energy and climate research and provides a forum for the discussion of pertinent energy and climate policy issues. Difiglio also serves as a Distinguished Associate for the Energy Futures Initiative, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to driving innovation in energy technology, policy & business models, founded in 2017 by former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz. Previously, Professor Difiglio was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Analysis at the U.S. Department of Energy where he advised the Secretary of Energy on a wide range of energy policy issues. Before then, Difiglio was Head of Technology Policy at the International Energy Agency (IEA). At the IEA, he established the Energy Technology Perspectives model and project (2001). Energy Technology Perspectives continues to this day as a flagship IEA publication by showing what technologies and investments are needed to meet G20 and Paris climate goals. Difiglio is a featured speaker on topics ranging from the international oil market, improving energy security, how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the prospects for avoiding the worst consequences of global climate change. His speaking engagements include Chatham House, the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Aspen Institute, the International Seminars on Planetary Emergencies and numerous conferences in London, Istanbul, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Geneva, Madrid, Rome, Milan, Delhi, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and many American cities. Professor Difiglio also serves as Co-Chair of the World Federation of Scientists’ Permanent Monitoring Panel on Energy and has chaired several professional committees in various organizations including the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the International Energy Agency. His publications include a wide variety of modeling and policy assessments concerning energy efficiency, motor-vehicle fuel economy, alternative energy supplies, greenhouse gas emissions, international oil markets and energy security. Professor Difiglio received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jacqueline Einer received her BA in Adult Education and her MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Technology, Sydney. She worked as an English language instructor at Istanbul Technical University for 9 years before joining the School of Languages at Sabanci University in 2000. Ms Einer worked as an instructor until 2009 when she took on the role of Program Coordinator. She was appointed Director of the School of Languages in September, 2012. Ms Einer was also one of the writers and editors of the course book series Beyond the Boundaries: English in an Academic Environment, which is the main course book series in use in the School of Languages.
Dr. Evirgen holds BSc degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics (double major) and MBA degree from Bosphorous University, Istanbul, Turkey and PhD degree in marketing and international business from Michigan State University (MSU), Michigan, USA. He was the General Manager and Board Member at Bilesim International Research and Consultancy Inc. in Turkey (now part of GfK Inc. and Nielsen Medya Inc. companies) between the years 1994-2002, and coordinated more than 1,000 research projects for over 100 firms in Turkey, Caucasia and Central Asia through subsidiary companies formed. During 2003-2004, he was a lecturer at Koc University and Sabancı University and the Director of the professional Retailing Training and Consultancy Program at Sabanci University. Since 2004, he has been the Executive Director of the Executive Development Unit (EDU, www.edu.sabanciuniv.edu) at Sabanci University. Dr. Evirgen also continues to teach in professional exec ed programs offered by EDU and in the Executive MBA , MBA and MA in Brand Practice programs at Sabancı University.
His bachelor' s degree is in Mechanical Engineering, from the Yıldız Technical University, and his master' s degree is in Engineering Management from the Marmara University. 2000 - 2001 worked as a Service Engineer at Temsa / Komatsu Construction Machinery, 2002 - 2004 worked as a Mechanical Engineer at Foster Wheeler Bimaş, 2004 - 2011 worked as a Purchasing Specialist and later as an Internal Auditor at Brisa Bridgestone Sabancı Tyre A.Ş. 2011 March started his job at the Sabancı University.
Prof. Dr. Cengiz Kaya, is a member of Natural Sciences and Engineering Faculty as well the director of Research and Graduate Policies at Sabancı Univerity. He graduated from Istanbul Pendik high school in 1984. Dr. KAYA has received his BSc and MSc degrees in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 1988 and 1992, respectively. In 2000, he has received his PhD degree in the field of nanostructured ceramic composites from The University of Birmingham (England). He has worked as a research assistant at Yildiz Technical University (YTU), Istanbul from 1989-1995. He carried out his post doctoral studies at the University of Birmingham in 1999-2003 in the IRC (Interdisciplinary Research Centre) on nanomaterials (EU 5th Framework project). He has conducted joint studies on the development of high temperature materials with the Rolls-Royce company. Between 2003-2004. He has served as a faculty member at Wolfson Centre for Materials Processing, Brunel University, Mechanical Engineering and also served as a board member at the London Materials Society from 2003 to 2006. He was promoted to Assistant Professor at YTU in 2004., Associate Professor in 2006 and Professor in 2012. He was one of the co-founder of Project Support Office and the Office of Technology Transfer and served as the coordinator from 2014 to 2016 at YTU. He was the board member of Central Laboratory, Technology Transfer Office Inc. and Professional Training Center of YTU also served as Advisor to the Rector. He is the co-founder of a start-up company in YTU Technopark and currently holding 1 international and has 4 national patents. He has conducted tasks as a member of the Technopark Incubation Commission and the Patent Board at YTU. He has published 64 research articles in high impact factor SCI journals and written a international book chapter on nanomaterials deposition. Dr. KAYA has more than 70 papers presented at international conferences as well as 5 invited talks on nanomaterials. He has received more than 1200 citations on his SCI publications. He has acting as a referee in 23 SCI journals. He took part in organisation board of numerous national and international conferences. He is the founder of Nanotechnology Laboratory at Metallurgy and Materials Engineering at YTU. He has visited many institutions to collaborate on IP, commercialization and Technology Transfer. He is currently collaborating with foreign researchers on multicomponent nanostructured materials, synthesis of nanotubes, nanostructured coatings, engineering ceramics, and fiber-reinforced ceramic composite materials reinforced with carbon nanotubes.
Fuat Keyman is Director of Istanbul Policy Center and Professor of International Relations at Sabancı University. Keyman is a leading Turkish political scientist and an expert on democratization, globalization, international relations, Turkey – EU relations, Turkish foreign policy, and civil society development. He is a member of the Science Academy. He has worked as a member on the Council of Wise People as part of the Peace Process to the Kurdish issue. He also serves on advisory and editorial boards for a number of respected international and national organizations as well as for academic journals. Prior to joining Sabancı University, Keyman taught in the Department of International Relations at Koç University between 2002 and 2010 and in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Bilkent University between 1994 and 2002. He was also Visiting Professor at Carleton University in the summer of 1997. Keyman holds several post-doctoral fellowships from Wellesley College and Harvard University. He has received numerous prestigious grants from the EU Framework Programme and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. Furthermore, Keyman has been the research director for various projects such as Peter Berger and Samuel Huntington’s Many Globalizations, CIVICUS, and Mapping Civil Society in Turkey. Keyman has conducted the first extensive research project and written copiously on the political and social trends in Turkey, urban transformation, and living together in Anatolian cities. He is the author and editor of more than twenty books, including Istanbul: Living with Difference in a Global City (with Nora Fisher-Onar and Susan C. Pearce, 2018), Turkey, The Arab Spring and Beyond (with Bülent Aras, 2016), Global Turkey in Europe 3: Democracy, Trade, and the Kurdish Question in Turkey-EU Relations (2015), Democracy, Identity and Foreign Policy in Turkey (with Şebnem Gümüşçü, 2014); Global Turkey in Europe 2: Energy, Migration, Civil Society and Citizenship Issues in Turkey-EU Relations (2014); Global Turkey in Europe: Political, Economic, and Foreign Policy Dimensions of Turkey’s Evolving Relationship with the EU (2013); Remaking Turkey (in Turkish, 2013); Symbiotic Antagonisms: Competing Nationalisms in Turkey (with Ayşe Kadıoğlu, 2011); Cities: The Transformation of Anatolia, the Future of Turkey (2010); Competing Nationalism in Turkey (2010), Turkey in a Globalizing World (2010); Remaking Turkey, Globalization, Alternative Modernities and Democracy (2008); Turkish Politics in a Changing World (with Ziya Öniş, 2007), Citizenship in a Global World: European Questions and Turkish Experiences (2005); Changing World, Transforming Turkey (2005). Keyman has also authored numerous articles published in prestigious, peer-reviewed international journals such as Third World Quarterly, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, Journal of Democracy, European Journal of Social Theory, Theory Culture & Society, and Review of International Political Economy. He received his PhD in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Comparative Politics from Carleton University. He completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.
Prof. Dr. Ali Koşar İstanbul’da doğdu. Orta ve lise öğrenimini İstanbul Erkek Lisesi’nde almıştır. Boğaziçi Üniversitesi, Makine Mühendisliği Bölümü’nden lisans derecesini aldıktan sonra Rensselear Polytechnic Institute Makine Mühendisliği Bölümü’nde yüksek lisans ve doktora derecelerini 2003 ve 2006 yıllarında almıştır. Yeni nesil mikro akışkan sistemler konusunda dünya çapında öncü araştırmacılardan biridir. Araştırma alanları, mikro/nano ölçek ısı transferi, kaynama ısı transferi, mikro akışkan sistemler ve kavitasyonu içeren bir yelpazeyi kapsamaktadır. Alanındaki en prestijli dergilerde basılmış yüzü aşkın dergi makalesi olup; bu makalelere 2000’in üzerinde atıf yapılmıştır. Başarılı çalışmalarından dolayı “TGC Sedat Simavi Fen Bilimleri Ödülü” ve “TÜBİTAK Teşvik Ödülü” gibi birçok ulusal ödülün yanı sıra “ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) ICNMM Üstün Erken Kariyer Ödülü” gibi birçok uluslar arası ödül almıştır. Ayrıca birçok prestijli dergilerde ve araştırma fonlama kuruluşlarının organize ettiği proje değerlendirme panellerinde aktif hakemliğinin yanı sıra Applied Thermal Engineering dergisinde Yardımcı Editörlük yapmaktadır. Prof. Dr. Ali Koşar halen Sabancı Üniversitesi, Mühendislik ve Doğa Bilimleri Fakültesi, Mekatronik Programı’nda öğretim üyesi ve Sabancı Üniversitesi Nanotanı İçin İşlevsel Yüzeyler ve Arayüzeyler Mükemmeliyet Merkezi’nde Eş-Direktör olarak çalışmaktadır.
Born in İstanbul, Dr. Ölçer studied Ethnology, ancient history and history of art at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. During these years she worked intensively at the collections of the University (Departments for Antiquity and Ethnology ) and later at the Museum for Ethnology in Munich. In 1972 she began working as curator at the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art. In 1975 and 1978 she worked as guest curator at the Museum for Ethnology in Vienna and at the Museum for Islamic Art in Berlin. In 1978 she was appointed as director of the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art in Istanbul. Ms. Ölçer has participated at many excavations, particularly at the excavations in Karatepe / Adana in South Anatolia; in Selçikler / Uşak in Western Anatolia during the campaigns between 1974 - 1979. She is the author of many documentary films on traditional handicrafts made for the Film Centre of The Vienna University (Institut für den wissenschaftlichen Film) and for the Scientific Film Institute in Göttingen / Germany. She participated and directed research projects such as the settlement of the nomadic tribes Beritan and Alikan in Eastern Anatolia 1979; documentation of traditional crafts and craftsmen in the neighbourhood of Istanbul (1982 - 1984). 1976 - 1984 she lectured at the Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul (City Planning and Restoration Department ) for the post-graduate programmes. She is the organiser and co-operator of many international exhibitions. In 2003 she retired from the Turkish and Islamic Art after 25 years of directorship and took over the presidency at the newly founded Sakıp Sabancı Museum. Dr. Ölçer has published many books, catalogues, and articles on carpets and kilims, the art of metalworking, museology and cultural changes. She is member of many international institutions (National Committee of Turkish ICOM; Turkish National Comittee of Unesco; Board member of ICAMT; Corresponding member of German Archaeological Institute; Board member of the National Foundation Preservation of Historical Monuments and Environment: TAÇ; board member of The American Research Institute in Turkey ARIT, advisory board member both of the Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts and Mimar Sinan University, Department of Fine Arts) related to museology and history of art. She is the recipient of the "Museologist of the year" award from the Turkish Ministery of Culture, of the "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres" award from the French Ministry of Culture, the "Bundesverdienstkreuz" order from the President of Federal Germany, "Kryzem Kawalerskim?" order from the President of The Republic of Poland, and the order of "Cavalieri di Omri" from the Italian President. In 2003 she received the honorary doctorate title (Dr. h. c) from the University of Bern, Switzerland for her great contribution to the understanding of different cultures between nations.
She received her B.S. (1993) in Industrial Engineering from Middle East Technical University and MBA degree (1995) from Bilkent University. She worked as a consultant in Deloitte and Touche Consultancy, between 1995 and 1999. She was engaged in various business process re-engineering projects in the area of finance, human resources, marketing, project and credit follow-up systems. After working at the Sabanci University Administration Project, she joined Sabancı University in 1999. Worked as human resources specialist and project manager until the end of 2006. She is the Human Resources Director, as of January 2007.
She received her B.S. (1996) in Faculty of Engineering as Mechanical Engineer from Bosphorus University and MBA degree (2009) from Bilgi University. She worked in TemsaGlobal A.Ş., automotive division, in training, market research, product management, advertising and PR areas at managing levels in between 1997 and 2007. She is the Marketing and Institutional Communication Director, as of June 2010.
He received his B.Sc. (1995) in Electronics and Computer Education from Gazi University. and M. Sc. degree from Kocaeli University. He also worked as research assistant in Kocaeli University from 1995 to 1999. He joined Sabanci University in November 1999. After several duties in Information Technology Unit, he has been appointed as Director in April 2006.
She received her BA degree in English Language Teaching (1985) and her MA degree in Foreign Language Education (1989) from Uludag University. She had another MA degree in Teaching and Learning of English as a Foreign Language from the University of Reading in 1992. She obtained her Doctorate (PhD) in Teaching and Learning of English as a Foreign Language from the University of Reading in 1995. Saka, who worked in The University of Reading (England) from 1990 to 1996, performed both academic and administrative duties in Uludag University until 2005: Head of English Language Teaching Department between 1998-2001; Vice-Director of School of Foreign Languages between 2003-2005; Academic Coordinator of English Language Teaching Department in Bursa, Open Education Faculty at Anadolu University between 2001-2005. She acted as a chairperson, a member and a coordinator in the various academic and administrative boards and committes. She has taught in the undergraduate and MA programs, and supervised MA theses. Her main interest areas: Foreign Language Education, Learner-Centered Education, Educational Psychology, Educational Administration, Research Methedology. In national and international venues, she presented papers, gave publications and involved in the projects in her interest areas. She has been a member of various organizations: International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL), Teachers of English to Speakers of Other languages (TESOL), English Language Association (ELEA), English Language Association (ELEA), TESOL Greece. She is the Director of Student Resources, as of June 2005.
Zehra Sayers, is a Founding Faculty Member at Sabancı University, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, and she has also been serving as the Director of Foundation Development Program of the university since 2010. Professor Sayers, with a B.Sc. in Physics from Boğaziçi University and Ph.D. in Biophysics from University of London, has worked as a postdoc at Open University Oxford campus and at Uppsala University in Sweden. In 1985 she joined European Molecular Biology Laboratory Hamburg Outstation in Germany as the first female staff scientist and was among the pioneers for use of synchrotron radiation X-rays in studies of three dimensional studies of biological macromolecules. While in Germany she obtained a ‘Habilitation’ degree from University of Hamburg. Her research focuses on structure-function relationships in proteins using synchrotron X-rays. At Sabancı University in year 2000, she and her students have led the way in Turkey in recombinant protein production, protein chemistry and analyses with synchrotron. After taking her position at the Foundation development Program she also got involved in research in pedagogy with emphasis on development of core curriculum courses, active learning and flipped classroom implementations. Professor Sayers has been active in the international science arena, having been engaged in several projects. She has been the Chair of Scientific Advisory Committee of the international project SESAME (Synchrotron Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) since 2001, playing a leading role in the project from its early stages to its completion. She has served as a reviewer for the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL), USA, for the French National Research Agency and for the Research Foundation Flanders (Belgium). Her other involvements include membership of the Internatıonal Scientific Advisory Committee for Turkish Accelerator Center Project (TAC) and of the EMBL Hamburg Project Evaluation Panel. Her research, supported by institutions including Natural Sciences Research Council-Sweden, TUBİTAK, European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), UNESCO, Jülich Research Center, has culminated in several publications and she has supervised a large number graduate students.
She graduated from İzmir American Collegiate Institute in 1974 and subsequently received her Chemical Engineering degree from Ege University, Faculty of Engineering in 1978. She continued her studies at University College London, UK, leading to Ph.D. degree in Biochemical Engineering in 1981. She received her Associate Professorship in "Bioengineering" in 1985 and became a Professor at Ege University in 1992. She is the founding head of the Bioengineering Department at Ege University and was the head of Department between 2000-2017. She is a pioneer in the field in Turkey and is the holder of 1989 Turkish Scientific and Technological Council Incentive award in Bioengineering. Throughout her 35 years at Ege University, she has had numerous administrative duties at different levels and has represented the University at national, regional and International platforms. She was the Director of Ege University Technology Transfer Office (EBILTEM-TTO) between 1998-2017. She currently also holds the positions of vice president of Administrative Board of Ege Technopark, vice president of USIMP Executive Board, Coordinator of EBIC-Ege (Enterprise Europe Network). She is also a member of EPO Academy Advisory Board (European Patent Office) and represents Turkey on ATTP Board (Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals), AUTM International Committee (Association of University Technology Managers), ASTP- NAAC (Association of Science and Technology Professionals National Associations Advisory Committee) and EuKTS Board (European Knowledge Transfer Society). She has research and teaching experience in the fields of scale-up, mass and momentum transfer in bioreactors, re-utilization of agro-industrial waste through bio-industries and R&D&I management and support. She is a referee in numerous scientific journals. Her skills and expertise as a technology Transfer professional are internationally recognised, endorsed through her RTTP Certificate (Registered Technology Transfer Professional) and EuKTS Grandfather Certificate. She has approximately 200 publications (15 research articles on R&D&I management and support) with 6 books and 23 book chapters (13 on R&D&I management and support), numerous presentations and three patent applications one of them being a PCT. She has been involved in a total of 67 projects on bioengineering / biotechnology, R&D and innovation support, science and society, either as a coordinator, partner or researcher, supported by different national, international funds or industry; 21 of them being EU supported. Her work and contributions are internationally recognised by over 1600 citations out of which 54 are in textbooks.
Berrin Yanıkoglu is a Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center of Excellence in Data Analytics (CEDA), at Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey. She received a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics from Bogazici University, Turkey in 1988 and her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College, USA in 1993. Prof. Yanikoglu worked at Rockefeller University, Xerox Imaging Systems and IBM Almaden Research Center, before joining Sabanci University in 2000. Her research interests lie in machine learning with applications to image and language understanding, currently focusing on multimodal deception detection, biometric verification, handwriting recognition and image understanding. She received first place positions in several international signature verification and plant identification competitions, together with students and colleagues.
Professor Dr. Mehmet Yildiz is the Vice President for Research and Development at Sabanci University. Born in Diyarbakir in 1972, and received his primary, secondary and high school education in Eregli/Zonguldak, Turkey, he completed his undergraduate education in 1996 with the first rank in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department at Yıldız Technical University and received his MSc. degree also from Metallurgical and Materials Engineering department at Istanbul Technical University in 2000. Between 1996-2000, he worked in two different companies as an R&D engineer and a project manager in the fields of welding and non-destructive testing. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2005 from Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada in the fields of computational fluid dynamics and semiconductor single crystal growth and then worked as a research associate and lecturer in the same department until 2007. In 2007, he joined Sabancı University, Faculty of Engineering Natural Sciences as a faculty member in Materials Science and Engineering Program and since 2013, has been leading the effort of establishing Sabanci University-Integrated Manufacturing Technologies Research and Application Center and its industrial leg, Composite Technologies Center of Excellence with Kordsa. Currently, he is serving as the founding director of these centers, and a deputy Chairperson in the board of directors of Kordsa Company. He sits in the R&D advisory board of Kastamonu Entegre. He contributed to the establishment of Manufacturing Engineering graduate program at Sabanci University. Dr. Yildiz's areas of expertise include advanced composite materials, nanocomposites, structural health monitoring and computational mechanics. He published more than 85 SCI indexed high impact factor journals, 8 book chapters, prepared and presented over 135 conference papers and graduated more than 28 MSc. and Ph.D. students.