As promised, we are back with the new issue of our newsletter listing many activities and events that have happened since the previous issue.
First of all, the Fall 2020-2021 term has completed with success despite the fact that we are going through extremely hard times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The faculty members' dedication to high quality teaching, synchronous and interactive lecture hours spent with students, and exemplary use of technology in our classes show that excellence in teaching is something we are used to achieve, pandemic or not. The Spring term will be no different, if not better.
We gladly see that FENS members are extremely active in writing project proposals and securing grants to further their research. In this issue, we list the names of our faculty members who are granted various prestigious TÜBİTAK and EU grants. We congratulate them and wish further success in their future project proposals.
This gives us a great deal of hope for Horizon Europe calls, for which we are organizing events for you. Please follow our announcements regarding those events, at which we expect your increased participation.
We heard all your valuable feedback and suggestions via "Research Survey" we conducted in the Fall, loud and clear, as well! Based on the survey results, we are currently carrying out one-to-one interviews to listen you further and we are busy with devising an action plan for improvement areas in research.
Our faculty members are influential in other realms of the academic life as well; receiving awards, becoming editors to prestigious journals, giving keynote speeches, organizing scientific events, writing cover page articles, etc. We also give a list of them in this issue and we extend our sincere congratulations to all those faculty members.
We are working hard and organizing many events to improve the faculty climate, to foster scientific research and improve outreach venues: our technology webinar series "Teknolojinin Gücüyle Geleceğe", "Sharing Experiences", "FENS Lounge Meetings", to name a few. Please check this issue for them. We only ask your participation as participating is contributing.
Also, we would like to bring to your attention that we are applying for MÜDEK accreditation of the five FENS undergraduate programs: CS, EE, IE and ME undergraduate programs for extension of another five years and MAT for the first time. We are now in the middle of a colossal effort to prepare the reports that are due beginning of July this summer. We would like to express our heartful gratitude to those contributing to the effort.
Note that the events, activities and news in this issue pertain to the time interval between November 1 and February 28. If we miss any project, activity, achievements of yours in this issue, please let us know so that we include them in the next issue.
We are here to build and sustain a vibrant, dynamic, collaborative community at FENS with wholehearted commitment to civility, transparency, diversity and inclusion. Your feedback on our efforts are always welcomed!
Once again, thank you all for your commitment and resilience during this difficult time.
I wish everyone a happy and healthy spring.