Professor Şirin Tekinay has served as the Rector and Professor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Işık University until March 2017. After a twenty-year career in the USA, she returned to her home country to serve as the first Vice Rector for Research and Technology. She has also served as the Dean of Engineering and Natural Sciences. Before her return to Turkey, she was tenured faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology. From 2005-2009, she served the United States National Science Foundation as Program Director of Communications and three other multi-disciplinary and inter-agency programs, in addition to founding and chairing a new, 750 M USD program called "Cyber Enabled Discovery and Innovation." Dr. Tekinay holds the PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from George Mason University, Virginia, and the MS and BS degrees in Electrical-Electronics Engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul.
Prof. Tekinay holds nine patents and has authored numerous publications in her field. She has graduated six doctoral students. Her areas of interest include network science, mobile networks, sensor networks, and applications. She founded the first digital local fabrication laboratory in Turkey; "FabLab Istanbul." She also started the first comprehensive program in Urban Engineering research and education.
She is one of the pioneers of the five-dimensional STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) approach to education and research, in addition to new multidisciplinary lines of study, innovation and entrepreneurship, and the Maker Movement through FabLabs.
In the global arena, she is a member of European Engineering Deans Council – EEDC. She is a consultant and expert reviewer for the European Commission (EC) on Science and Technology. She sits as elected member on the Board of Directors of the European Society for Engineering Education (Societe Europeenne pour la Formation des Ingenieurs – SEFI) and on the Executive Committee of the Global Engineering Deans Council – GEDC. Nationally, she is an honorary member of the board of Beyaz Nokta Gelisim Foundation and a member of the executive board of KAGİDER (Foundation for Women Entrepreneurship).
Cem Güneri has been a faculty member at the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences of Sabancı University since 2001.
Together with the founding faculty members of the University, he has been actively involved in developing undergraduate courses, minor and graduate programs in mathematics. He has served as the Mathematics Program Coordinator, member of the Foundations Development Program Advisory Board and the University Education Committee, in addition to various other administrative responsibilities. He was the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences between 2012 and 2018, during which he took responsibilities related to educational affairs of the Faculty, including accreditation of the Faculty Programs. He has been selected for Sabancı University’s annual teaching awards for the First Year Courses and the Graduating Class several times.
Cem Güneri received his BSc degree from the Middle East Technical University and PhD degree from Louisiana State University, both in Mathematics. His research areas can be summarized as finite fields and curves defined over them, algebraic coding theory and certain cryptographic applications. As part of the research group at Sabancı University on these areas, and together with various national and international partners, he carried out active research and graduated 5 PhD and 7 MSc students.
He has been an Executive Board member of the Turkish Mathematical Society since 2010. He is a member of Turkish Mathematical Society, American Mathematical Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.