New Student Council Executive Committee
Elected November 22!
The Student Council Elections were completed on November 22,
and a new Executive Committee is ready to take office. The outgoing members will hand
their responsibilities over to their successors soon.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish the newly elected members an eventful and
Prof. Levent Onural Named an IEEE Fellow
Prof. Dr. Levent Onural of the Department of
Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) has been elevated to IEEE (Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Fellow grade. IEEE is the largest technical
institution in the world with more than 350,000 members.
The Institute declares that the grade of Fellow recognizes a rare distinction in the
profession, and is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an
extraordinary record of accomplishment. No more than one tenth of one percent of IEEE
members are elevated to Fellow grade every year. It represents an elite group from around
"We are very proud of Prof. Onural being elevated to Fellow grade. This brings the
number of IEEE Fellows to three in the department, Prof. Özay Oral and Prof. Abdullah
Atalar having been elevated before," stated Prof.A. Altintas, Chair of the EEE at
Bilkent. He added, "Having three IEEE Fellows among Faculty members certainly boosts
our outstanding international recognition."
BiLCEM Researcher Receives Prestigious Awards
Özgür Ergül, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Electronics
Engineering (EEE), has received two prestigious awards in the area of electromagnetics.
The IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society awarded one of five Ph.D. fellowships given to
promising students world wide pursuing a career in electromagnetics; and he has received
the 2007 Leopold B. Felsen Award for Excellence in Electrodynamics - presented by Doğuş
University and the Leopold B. Felsen Fund.
Currently, Özgür conducts research studies at BiLCEM - a center of excellence, where
real-life electromagnetics problems are solved by using cutting-edge computing
technologies. His articles have been published in more than 15 journals and he has
produced 65 conference papers in the past 6 years. At the start of 2007, under the
supervision of Prof. Gürel, Özgür and his colleagues broke several world records by
solving extremely large integral-equation problems. The results of this major achievement
have been presented at international conferences and published in top-rated scientific
Mr. Ergül stated that, "This is a great chance for Bilkent students. BiLCEM welcomes
all undergraduate and graduate students who would like to participate in exciting projects
on parallel computing, programming, and computational electromagnetics."
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Turkish University Rectors Meet at
Bilkent University hosted the Rector's Committee of Turkish Universities on Friday,
November 23. Seventy University Rectors from across the Republic were in attendance for
this search conference on strategic planning.
The goal was to find out how certain sections of "The Higher Education Council
Strategy Document" have been perceived by the Rectors in attendance. Two specific
factors that influenced discussion over the course of the day were the "Values"
and "4 Logic" sections. A panel at the end of the conference summarized the
concerns, comments and ideas presented, and worked on devising ways to implement the
The Trojan Women Invades the Stage
The curtains opened November 23 on the Greek tragedian Euripides' "The Trojan
Women," presented by senior students in the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts.
Despite being written almost 2,500 years ago, the play is still as striking as the day it
It is considered to be a commentary on the capture of the Aegean island of Melos by the
Athenians in 415 BC. It begins with the gods, Athena and Poseidon, discussing ways to
punish the Greek armies who condoned the rape of Cassandra by Ajax the Lesser in Athena's
temple. What follows is the story of how the woman of Troy dealt with the aftermath of
their city being sacked and their husbands killed.
This interpretation of the classic, guided by acclaimed actor and director Erdal
Küçükkömürcü, features magnificent acting that is sure to impress! On November 30,
"The Trojan Women" will be presented as part of the 12th International Ankara
Theater Festival. December 7th and 14th, you can experience the show on campus. (continues)
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