New Faculty

Emre Özkan, 2016

Emre Özkan received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 2009. Between 2009 and 2011, he worked as a postdoctoral associate in Division of Automatic Control, Department of Electrical Engineering, Linköping University, Sweden. Between 2011 and 2015 he worked as an Assistant Professor in the same group. In 2015, he worked as a visiting researcher at Signal Processing and Communications Laboratory at University of Cambridge. He is currently a collaborator of the same group. His research focuses on statistical signal processing, estimation theory, sensor fusion, Monte Carlo methods (Particle Filters, Markov Chain Monte Carlo) and its application to Bayesian inference.


Elif Vural, 2015

Elif Vural got her B.S. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and in Mathematics in 2006, and her M.S. degree in 2008 from METU. After getting her PhD degree from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland in 2013, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher in INRIA in Rennes, France until 2015.

Her research focuses on image analysis, machine learning and low-dimensional signal representations


Sevinç Figen Öktem, 2015

Sevinc Figen Oktem received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2014, and a B.S. and M.S. from Bilkent University, in 2007 and 2009, respectively.

Her research spans the areas of computational imaging and inverse problems, statistical signal and image processing, and optical information processing. Her main research interests are the development of novel sensing and imaging techniques, as well as inversion methods, for emerging remote sensing and imaging applications.

Before joining METU, Dr. Oktem was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where she worked on the development of computational spectral imaging techniques for high-resolution solar imaging. Earlier at UIUC, she was selected to the "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students'', and was a recipient of the Professor Kung Chie Yeh Endowed Fellowship in 2012, and a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship from 2012 to 2014.

Ozan Keysan, 2014

Ozan Keysan received his Ph.D '13 in the University of Edinburgh, UK on superconducting generators for wind turbines. He worked in various projects on development of wave and tidal energy converters and direct-drive wind turbines.

His research interests are renewable energy and design of electrical machines. For more information: http://ozan.keysan.me/cv/






Murat Göl, 2014

Murat Göl received his Ph.D. from Northeastern University, Boston in 2014, and his M.Sc. and B.Sc. from Middle East Technical University, Ankara in 2009 and 2007, respectively. He was a research assistant in Northeastern University between 2010 and 2014, and a researcher in the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey between 2007 and 2010.

His research interests include power systems analysis, power system state estimation, computational methods applied to power systems, smart grid and power quality.



Selçuk Yerci, 2014

Selçuk Yerci received his Ph.D.'11 in Electrical Engineering, Boston University, Boston; M.S. and B.S. both in Physics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara in 2004 and 2007, respectively. After Ph.D., he worked was postdoctoral researcher in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.
His research interests include photovoltaics and photonics, in particular silicon, perovskite, thin film solar cells and light management in solar energy systems.





Serdar Kocaman, 2014

Serdar Kocaman received his Ph.D. in 2011 and his M.S in 2008, both from Columbia University. In 2007, he completed his double degree, B. Sc. in Electrical Engineering and B. Sc. in Physics both at Bogazici University, Turkey. After he got his PhD, he became an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University and worked on on-chip linear optical quantum computing and photonic crystal superlattices. He has also led the NSF (National Science Foundation in US) I-Corps program for the Columbia University team between 2013 and 2014.

Serdar's research focuses on theoretical and experimental investigations of quantum technologies based on semiconductor and optical systems.


Özgür Salih Ergül, 2013

Özgür Ergül received B.Sc., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, in 2001, 2003, and 2009, respectively, all in electrical and electronics engineering. His research interests include fast and accurate algorithms for the solution of electromagnetics problems involving large and complicated structures, integral equations, iterative methods, parallel programming, and high-performance computing.