|Electrical and Electronics
Engineering Celebrated TÜBİTAK and IEEE Awards
Professor Ekmel Özbay of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and the
Department of Physics, and Professor Ergin Atalar of the Department of Electrical and
Electronics Engineering are the two winners of the prestigious TÜBİTAK Science Awards of
2006. The Science Award is the highest scientific award given by TÜBİTAK every year.
This year it was given to five Turkish scientists around the world in all areas of
The Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering celebrated these TÜBİTAK
Science Awards, along with Professor Abdullah Atalars becoming an IEEE Fellow. The
celebration took place in the Engineering Building with participation from faculty
members, families, university officials, students and guests. Rector Prof. Ali
Doğramacı, in his speech, noted that electricity glows, like the members of the
Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. However, he emphasized that we need
to publicize these excellent accomplishments more vigorously. He also noted that these
celebrations are very useful for him, because through informal chats he gains a better
understanding of the technical contributions of our valued professors.
Chair of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Prof. Ayhan Altıntaş
presented information about the Department's achievements. He noted that in addition to
IEEE and TÜBİTAK Science Awards, in the year 2006, Assist. Prof. Hilmi Volkan Demir had
won one of TÜBA (Turkish Academy of Sciences) Young Scientist Awards, and Assist. Prof.
Özgür Aktaş had just won the Research and Encouragement Award from the Prof. Mustafa N.
Named Desire Is on Stage
The senior students in the department of Performing Arts at the Faculty of Music and
Performing Arts are staging the play Arzu Tramvayı (A Streetcar Named Desire) December
15, 22 and 29 at the Bilkent Theater Hall. The famous American playwright Tennessee
Williams wrote A Streetcar Named Desire and the play brought Williams a Pulitzer Prize for
Drama in 1948. The play highlights the cultural clash between two symbolic characters,
Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski, and points out conflicts between concepts such as
reality versus illusion and feminine versus masculine. BilkentNews interviewed the
director of the play, Tsotne Nakashidze, to learn more about the production of the play.
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|GRA Graduate Part of Epica
Award Winning Team
Can Pehlivanlı, a Bilkent graduate of the Graphic Design Department (GRA/02), worked
as the Art Director for a team of designers that have been awarded a silver medal for
their entry in this year's Epica Awards in the Public Interest category. The team's
award-winning work is print media designed for the World Wildlife Federation.
The Epica Awards, now in their 20th year, are Europe's premier creative awards and are
given in encouragement of the highest standard of creativity in European advertising.
Epica winners receive widespread media coverage throughout Europe and a selection of the
best entries is published each year in the Epica Book, a unique record of Europe's most
outstanding creative work. In addition, all material entered in the competition will be
donated to the permanent collection of the Musée de la Publicité in the Palais du
The 2006 awards ceremony will be held in Stockholm. The Bilkent News congratulate Can
Pehlivanlı for his achievement.
Prof. Özbay Becomes
Editor of a
Bilkent University Nanotechnology Research Center Director Prof. Ekmel Özbay has
recently been appointed as an Editor for a nanotechnology journal: Photonics and
Nanostructures - Fundamentals and Applications.
Photonics and Nanostructures - Fundamentals and Applications establishes a dedicated
channel for physicists, material scientists, chemists, engineers and computer scientists
who are interested in nanotechnology with a special emphasis on nanophotonics.(continues)
Nasuh Mahruki: A Leader Since
His Years at Bilkent
Nasuh Mahruki, the founder of AKUT (Arama Kurtarma Derneği / Search and Rescue
Organization), and a 1992 graduate of Bilkent's management department, visited Bilkent to
motivate Bilkent students about leadership at a conference organized by Mühendislik
Topluluğu. As a student at Bilkent, Nasuh joined DOST (Mountaineering and Nature Sports
Club), and served as the president of the club for three years. After graduation he
climbed several mountains including K2, an 8611-meter mountain in Asia, the summit of
which only a few climbers have succeeded in reaching due to the perils involved in the
climb. Bilkent News interviewed Nasuh Mahruki about his career.(continues)
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