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FENS Newsletter April 2022

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are happy to be back with the new issue of the FENS newsletter. Time flies, especially during the pandemic; but much has happened since the previous issue when one comes to think of it: many activities, achievements, good news and also changes in pandemic conditions. 

We started the 2021-2022 Spring Term in hybrid mode, which allows students to participate in the lectures in person physically or online remotely, providing them with online streaming and the video recordings afterwards for their further convenience. This is possible due to the investment in advanced technology in our classrooms and immense effort by our IT staff and faculty members, who worked with dedication and commitment. 

Most important of all is that our students are now back in campus and enjoying every aspect of academic life whether they show up in lectures or not. While all these developments feel great, we face new challenges in engaging students as their attendance and class participation are lower than expected. This may not adversely affect students' overall academic success; but it can still be demotivating for the teaching faculty and definitely not good so far as active learning is concerned.

As COVID-19 shows signs of going out of pandemic phase, we are planning to returning back to normal, i.e., having lectures in person as soon as possible. We are hoping to go back to the pre-pandemic normal in the 2022-2023 Fall Term (having our fingers crossed). Now, the question is what the academic life will look like in the post-pandemic world. Will some of the online/hybrid teaching practices/innovations survive in one form or the other? Are we going to make use of our new online/hybrid teaching skills and capacity? What are we going to do with our high-tech hybrid classrooms and how are we going to utilize them? Will we continue inviting guest speakers from the other end of the word to our webinars and graduate seminars? There are many thought-provoking questions awaiting us to address them. It seems that we will be talking about those issues for a while. Naturally, we are open to your suggestions, ideas and creative solutions from you as always.

On the research project front, FENS faculty members have been very active in preparing project proposals and their endeavor and hard work are being paid off with research grants by prestigious national and international funding organizations including TÜBİTAK and EC. Here, we list the names of our faculty members and their projects. We congratulate them and wish further success in their future project activities. We would also like remind you that there are many calls within the framework of Horizon Europe that may interest you. Keep in touch with us and SU-ATT to learn more about them and/or further orientation.

We would like to celebrate the achievements of our members such as receiving prestigious 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 extend our sincere congratulations to all those faculty members. You will find also a section for research highlights.

We continue to organize many events and seminars to improve the faculty climate, foster scientific research and improve outreach venues. Our signature technology webinar series "Teknolojinin Gücüyle Geleceğe" attracting more interest and becoming more interdisciplinary. Computer scientists come together with historians and visual artists talking about their joint projects. The webinar series “Applications of Engineering", organized by Sabancı and Harvard University Faculty Members featuring renowned scientist all around the world (some of them Sabanci University faculty), is amazing and definitely deserves much more participation. "Sharing Experiences" is designed for speakers to share their first-hand experiences that can be interesting and useful for everyone in academic life. And finally, we will be organizing "FENS Lounge" pretty soon with 15 minute science talks and, of course, music.

In February, we completed our end of the MÜDEK accreditation process of our five FENS undergraduate programs: Computer Science and Engineering (CS), Electronics Engineering (EE), Industrial Engineering (IE) and Mechatronics Engineering (ME) undergraduate programs for an extension of another five years; and Materials Science and Nanoengineering (MAT) for the first time. Now, we are waiting for the results, which will be due soon. We see the process conducive to the further improvement of our education system and we already started making changes.

Last but not least, we would also like to thank our vice dean for research and her team members, and outreach committee for preparing this newsletter as it takes an immense effort to compile all this information. 

Note that the events, activities and news in this issue pertain to the time interval between November 1, 2021 and April 1, 2022. 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.


to be announced

mihrimah özkan

cengiz ozkan

mete atature

serdar tasiran


temel kotil

seminar series

dean's speaker series

selim ünlü

teknolojinin gücüyle geleceğe


 graduate seminars



Projects in November 1st, 2021- April 1st, 2022

Project TypeProject TitleProject Team
HE-MSCA-PFEnergy- and Spectrally-Efficient sub-THz Transmitter Array Towards Indoor 6G InfrastructureKorkut Kaan Tokgoz - Principal Researcher
TÜBİTAK-Uluslararası Çoklu İşbirliğiimplementation in structural energy storage systemsSelmiye Alkan Gürsel- PI
K+S KALI Gmbh Research CooperationK+S Kali Research Activitiesİsmail Çakmak-PI
Mustafa Atilla Yazıcı- Researcher
TÜBİTAK-1071ProFFIle: Prodromal biomarkers in fatal familial insomnia: a longitudinal study in humans and miceNur Mustafaoğlu Varol- PI
TÜBİTAK-1071CGMP Analoglarinin Retinitis Pigmentoza için Tedaviye Dönüştürülmesi Cavit Ağca-PI
TÜBİTAK-1071Kompleks Geometri Ve Rassal Holomorf KesitlerTurgay Bayraktar- PI
TÜBİTAK-1071SparCity: Seyrek Hesaplama İçin Bir Optimizasyon Ve Ortak Tasarım ÇerçevesiKamer Kaya- PI
TÜBİTAK-1071Sürdürülebilir Tarım Matrisini Birlikte Geliştirerek Sürdürülebilirlik
Arayışına Rehberlik Etmek
Levent Ozturk - PI
TÜBİTAK-1071Uzun Ömürlü Li-S Pilleri Için Mxene Esaslı Heteroyapılar Kullanılarak PolisülfitlerinSelmiye Alkan Gürsel- PI
Project TypeProject TitleProject Team
TÜBİTAK 1001Çip Üstü Pıhtı Modeli Kullanarak Hidrodinamik Kavitasyonla Indüklenen Trombolizin Deneysel ve Sayısal Çalısması ve Hidrodinamik Kavitasyon Destekli Kateter Yönlendirmeli Tromboliz Cihazı PrototiplenmesiAli Koşar- Researcher
TÜBİTAK 1001Betonarme Ve Çimento Esaslı Kompozitlerde Hasar Tahmin Ve Takip Sistemleri Için Piyezodirenç Özelliklerini Kaybetmeyen Mürekkep GelistirilmesiMehmet Ali Gülgün- PI
TÜBİTAK 1001Hidrodinamik Kavitasyon Mikroakıskan Sistem ve CO2-filik Elektrodokunmus Nanoliflerle
 Donatılmıs Yüksek Performanslı Ayırma Cihazı ile Enerji Verimli CO2 Yakalama
Ali Koşar- Researcher
Fevzi Cebeci- Researcher
TÜBİTAK 1001Kan-beyin bariyerinden geçebilen peptit sekanslarının en gelişmiş 3D in vitro organ çip modelleri kullanılarak seçilmesi ve nano-taşıyıcı sistemler ile entegrasyonuNur Mustfaoğlu Varol- PI
TÜBİTAK 1001Kullanışlı ve Yüksek Performanslı Beyin-Bilgisayar Arayüzleri için Gözetimsiz Derin Öğrenme ve Yenilikçi bir Video Hedef İşaretleme ve Takip UygulamasıHüseyin Özkan-PI
TÜBİTAK 1001Paket Fiyatlandırma Problemine Ürün Değerlemelerini Öğrenen Makine Öğrenme UygulamalarıEzgi Karabulut Türkseven- PI
TÜBİTAK 1001Nöromorfik Hesaplama Sistemleri İçin Çapraz Mimarisinde Memristör Dizinlerinin Tasarlanması ve ÜretimiSinan Kazan (GTU) - PI
Bulat Rami (GTU) - Researcher
Ömer Ceylan (SU) - Researcher
Melik Yazıcı (SU) - Advisor
TÜBİTAK 1001Dijital ikiz Yardımıyla Yüzey Dokusu Tasarlanmıs Taslama Taslarının GelistirilmesiErhan Budak- PI
Emre Özlü- Researcher
TÜBİTAK 1001Development of novel ionically-conductive prepreg interleaves with a multi-scale engineering approach and its implementation in structural energy storage systemsFevzi Ç. Cebeci - PI
Bekir Dizman - Researcher
Mehmet Yildiz - Researcher
M. Senem Seven - Researcher
Yusuf Z. Menceloğlu - Advisor
Canan Atılgan - Advisor
TÜBİTAK-1001Küçük Ölçek Hidrodinamik Kavitasyonla Enerji Hasatlama ve Yeni Nesil Mikro Akıskan
 Enerji Hasatlama Cihazların Gelistirilmesi
Ali Koşar-PI
TÜBİTAK-1001Yeni Nesil Termoplastik Uzay ve Havacılık Kompozitlerinin Otomatik Fiber Serme Prosesi ile
 Üretimi: Yerinde Konsolidasyon ile Kompozit 4.0'a Dogru
Hatice Sinem aş Çaycı- PI
Burcu Saner Okan-Researcher
Mehmet Yıldız- Researcher
TÜBİTAK-1001Yenilikçi 3B Hibrit biyobasım yöntemi ile kıl folikülü gelişimini destekleyen deri eşleniği
Bahattin Koç-PI
TÜBİTAK 2232AMitochondrial-dysfunction-inducing antibiotics as the novel chemotherapeutic agents against cancer chemoresistanceAlex Lyakhovich- PI
TÜBİTAK 2232-BDevelopment of Critical Building Blocks for mm-Wave and sub-THz Front-End Transceivers on CMOS Towards 1Tbps Wireless Communications”Kaan Korkut Tokgöz- PI
TÜBİTAK-1004Yeni Nesil 3 Boyutlu Yazıcı İmalat Teknolojileri PlatformuBahattin Koç- PI
Mustafa Ünel- Researcher
TÜBİTAK-2218Berilyum-8 Bozunumunun Geometrik Z ile AnaliziBeyhan Puliçe- PI
Durmuş Ali Demir- Advisor
TÜBİTAK-2218Seçili X-ışın Galaksi Kümelerindeki Cüce Galaksilerin Doğası ve Yıldızlararası PopülasyonuErsin Göğüş- Advisor
Şeyda Aydemir- PI
TÜBİTAK-2218SPİN-3/2 Karanlık Madde Ve Higgs Bozon KütlesiDurmuş Ali Demir- Advisor
Ozan Sargın- PI
TÜBİTAK-2218Elektrokimyasal Süperkapasitör Performansının Artırılması için Farklı Geçiş Metalleriyle Katkılanmış Karbonize Polianilin Elektrotların EldesiEmre Erdem- Advisor
Ahmet Güngör- PI
TÜBİTAK-2247ATalaşlı İmalat Süreçlerinde Tersine Dijital İkiz UygulamalarıErhan Budak- PI
TÜBİTAK-2247AMatris Çarpımı İçeren Büyük Ölçekli Eniyileme Problemleri ve UygulamalarıBurak Kocuk-PI
TÜBİTAK-2247-ANitrat: İyotun Topraktan Bitkiye, Bitkiden Hayvan Sütüne Transferindeki Bariyerİsmail Çakmak- PI
TÜBİTAK-2247-AYenilikçi Taramalı Üç Yongalarının Geliştirilmesi ve Taramalı Üç Tabanlı Erişilebilir Mikro/Nanoüretim Platformalarının KazanılmasıMurat Kaya Yapıcı- PI
TÜBİTAK-2247-AEndüstri 4.0'a adapte olmak için ileri seramiklerin ekonomik, hızlı ve sürdürülebilir islenmesiÖzge Akbulut- PI
TÜBİTAK-2247DSosyal aglarda koordinasyon ve otomasyon tespit sistemleri gelistirilmesiOnur Varol- PI
TÜBİTAK-3501Monte Carlo Yöntemleri İle Veri Mahremiyeti UygulamalarıSinan Yıldırım- PI
TÜBİTAK-SAYEMEklemeli Üretim İçin Hesaplamalı Tasarım ve Topoloji Optimizasyonu PlatformuAdnan Kefal- PI
Bahattin Koç- Researcher
Mehmet Yıldız- Researcher
TÜBİTAK-SAYEMSıcak/Soğuk Geçiş Bölgeleri İçin Fonksiyonel Olarak Derecelendirilmiş Malzemelerin Yönlendirilmiş Enerji Biriktirimi Eklemeli İmalat Yöntemleriyle ÜretilmesiBahattin Koç- PI
Eda Aydoğan Güngör (ODTÜ)- Researcher
TÜBİTAK-SAYEMEklemeli İmalat ile üretilmiş parça yüzeylerinin iyileştirilmesi için kuru elektro-parlatma yöntemi geliştirilmesiMurat Işık (Uludağ Ün. / SÜ)- PI
Bahattin Koç- Researcher
TÜBİTAK- SAYEMAkıllı Ev PlatformuYücel Saygın- PI
Kamer Kaya- Researcher
Aichi Steel CorporationAgreement on research cooperation between Aichi Steel Corporation and Sabancı University Inoventİsmail Çakmak-PI
Mustafa Atilla Yazıcı- Researcher
Dead Sea Works Ltd (ICL)Undrerstanding and characterization of the gronomic effects of polysulphates on plants - Ext.İsmail Çakmak- PI
GE AviationHomogenization based Analysis and Design Framework for Thermo-mechanical SystemsGüllü Kızıltaş Şendur- PI
Project TypeProject TitleProject Team
AB-H2020 CooperationPFASTERBekir Dızman- PI
Serkan Ünal- Researcher
Bahattin Koç- Researcher
Yusuf Ziya Menceloğlu- Researcher
Lütfi Taner Tunç- Researcher
Bekir Dızman- Researcher
Mehmet Yıldız- Researcher
EU-HORIZON EUROPEMulti-layered Digital Twin Integrated Design, Automated ManufactuRing and Structural Health MonitoRing of Next Generation Advanced ThermOplastic Composite StRucturesMehmet Yıldız- PI
Adnan Kefal-Researcher
Burcu Saner Okan- Researcher
Hatice Sinem Şaş Çaycı- Researcher
Lütfi Taner Tunç- Researcher
EU-HORIZON EUROPEZero Defect manufacturing route for next generation COMposite applicationsLütfi Taner Tunç- PI
Hatice Sinem Şaş Çaycı - Researcher
Mehmet Yıldız - Researcher
EU-HORIZON EUROPEZero-Defect Manufacturing Platform In Automotive Industry For First Time-Right Sustainable ProductionEmre Özlü- PI
Ayhan Bozkurt- Researcher
Erhan Budak- Researcher
Kemal Kılıç- Researcher
Lütfi Taner Tunç- Researcher
MART-ERA-NET COFUND Ship Structure Digital Twin Framework based on Numerical Simulations and In-Situ Measurements (TWINSHIP)Adnan Kefal - Researcher
MART-ERA-NET COFUND Energy efficiency (e.g. voyage optimisation; on-board power; vessel efficiency and energy management; advanced technologies for the use of new fuels; energy efficiency of oil and gas platforms), Innovative propulsion and powering systems (e.g. fully electric ships)Begüm Yarar Kaplan - PI
Selmiye Alkan Researcher
Alp Yürüm - Researcher
M-ERA-NET2021 superhydrophobic lubricated Anti Freezing Coating for Wind EnergyAbdolali Khalil Sadaghiani-PI
Ali Koşar-Researcher
M-ERA-NET2021 Capacitive energy storage using ferroelectric-dielectric heterostructuresEmre Erdem-PI
Burç Mısırlıoglu-Researcher
M-ERA-NET2021 Novel asymmetric anion-exchange membranes for fuel cellsSelmiye Alkan Gürsel - PI
Begüm Yarar Kaplan - Researcher
Alp Yürüm - Researcher

Electric bikes and charging stations will be installed in Ankara with an EU-funded project

electric bikes


New Faculty Members

Hatice Sinem Şaş Çaycı and Orçun Çetin joined us as faculty members.

hatice sinem şaş orçun çetin  

Aselsan and Sabancı University sign a Pioneering Technologies Cooperation Protocol

aselsan ziyaret


Happy News

  • Hüveyda Başağa was appointed as an Emeritus Faculty Member in February 2022
  • Gözde Ince is promoted to Full Professor  
  • Lütfi Taner Tunç was promoted as Associate Professor  


  • Zehra Sayers was appointed as an Emeritus Faculty Member in February 2022
  • Kamer Kaya was promoted as Associate Professor
  • Öznur Taştan had a baby named Deniz Ali in February 2022