Prof. Dr. Şirin TEKİNAY
Professor Sirin 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).
Prof. Dr. Zehra SAYERS