Volume 13, Number 11
28 November

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Life After Graduation Interview with Çağlar Elbüken (EE/04’)

Bilkent News interviewed Çağlar Elbüken (EE/04'), a Bilkent Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department graduate, who is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada, about his life after graduation.

Bilkent News: Considering your entrance to Bilkent University 6 years ago, how did you decide to enter Bilkent University?
Çağlar Elbüken: Being a graduate of Ankara Atatürk Anatolian High School and residing in Ankara, I participated in the campus tours of Bilkent and compared with other universities, I felt the Bilkent atmosphere was much more scientific and research-oriented.

Bilkent News: Regarding your department choice, did you intentionally decide on electrical and electronics engineering?
Çağlar Elbüken: I have always wanted to be an engineer, and in my last year of high school, I decided to consider electrical and electronics engineering because this field has a wide range of subfields and topics of specialization. In some other engineering departments, the scope might be much more narrow compared with my field. Currently, I am studying for my Ph.D. in mechatronics engineering.

Bilkent News: What was attractive about Bilkent?
Çağlar Elbüken: In my opinion, the library was the greatest advantage of Bilkent. Also, the campus integrity and compactness enables the students to improve themselves and provides the opportunity to those who want to study. There was the entertaining part, too; I was staying in East Campus Dormitories, and it was a good environment.

Bilkent News: For your graduate study, as far as we know, you first had chosen telecommunication engineering and superconductivity; then you concentrated on magnetic levitation. Did Bilkent have an influence on your graduate study adjustments? Or did you say "I should do my Ph.D. degree on this topic."?
Çağlar Elbüken: Sure. I decided to do my Ph.D. in telecommunication engineering but, after the crises, since a great many firms closed down, I did not consider that field. In the long run, since magnetic levitation and microelectronical mechanical systems is much more advantageous, I chose that field.

Bilkent News: You are working with a Turkish supervisor in your institution. Is "working with a Turkish supervisor" an advantage, or a disadvantage?
Çağlar Elbüken: It is an advantage, because a Turkish researcher knows about the education system and also your background whereas a supervisor of another origin might be unfamiliar with your background.

Bilkent News: Lastly, producing scientific articles is important in engineering. How do you perceive the importance of articles, and what is the main point of article production?
Çağlar Elbüken: Writing an article, especially if you have an ongoing research project, is not that difficult. But, the first article can be really frustrating because it is a different talent, especially if you do not know the formats of the journals in your field it can be difficult. Everyone reading your article must understand your research and studies, and it should be addressed to anyone interested in your field.

Bilkent News: Do you want to add anything or offer any recommendations to Bilkent Electrical and Electronics Engineering students?
Çağlar Elbüken: My recommendation is, they should be aware of the value of their department. They should also enjoy their university studies but they should also be able to use what they learned in Bilkent, because in the international market, they are unrivaled.

Bilkent News: Thanks very much for this enlightening interview.

Erkan Bayır (MBG/III)

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