Volume 15, Number 21
March 24, 2009

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Career Fair Proves to be a Success Once Again

The 11th Annual Career Fair was held last Thursday in the Main Sports Hall. Just as in previous years, it was a great success. Music, organized by Radyo Bilkent, kept the energy high, while the cool atmosphere was made even cooler thanks to ice cream for everyone!

With around 30 companies being represented, many students were rushing around with their CVs while collecting pamphlets. Stands were set up where students had the opportunity to ask questions, get feedback and even fill out on the spot applications. Most students have an interest in these fairs because it is their first step towards applying for either an internship or a full time job.

By the end of the day, the career fair was a hot topic among students. Those who took part went home with a new understanding about a few companies and got some free goodies.

İrem Esen (MAN/II)

Bilkent Performs Well at Engineering Society's Case Camp 2009

casecampCase Camp is a case study competition among students from the best universities in Turkey. Students in their 2nd, 3rd or 4th year, from the Departments of Engineering, Management and Economics, can apply to take part. This year, the event was organized for the second time by the Engineering Society. “Case Camp 2009,” was held March 13 to 15 at Bilkent University. Eight teams of five students from Bilkent, Boğaziçi, Dokuz Eylül, Koç, METU and Sabancı University competed.  In the final, the jury was made up of Güney Özaltan from Arçelik, Harun Akçınar from Borusan and Asst. Prof. Ahmet Ekici from Bilkent University. Deniz Gezer, Necla Nida Boz, Çilem Eratalay, Metin Şerbetçioğlu and Veysel Ozan Görkem from METU placed 1st;  Çağatay Özcan, Muhammet Fatih Erken, Ozan Barışçıl, Fatma Irk and Rıfat Oğuz from Bilkent University were ranked 2nd, and Hasan Çıldır, Kunter Orpak, Atacan Özgüner, Cenk Gör and Sinem Kocacan from Boğaziçi University were ranked 3rd. The members of the winning team were awarded with smart phones. Results, AzPiyaz, Özsüt, Tadım Pizza, Lanxx, Üniaktivite, SüperTeklif, İTÜsözlük and Radyo Odtü were all co-sponsors of the event.

High School Students Visit Tourism and Hotel Management Departments

A group of students from the Çankaya İMKB Anadolu Otelcilik ve Turizm Meslek Lisesi visited the Tourism and Hotel Management Departments on March 9.
A total of 110 students accompanied by four of their instructors, were welcomed by Asst. Prof. Dr. Aykut Pekcan, the Deputy Director of the School of Applied Technology and Management, and Department Assistant Chairs Jamel Chafra and Güneş Karamullaoğlu.

After a  presentation covering the Departments' curriculum,led by Asst. Prof. Dr. Eda Gürel, students were divided into three groups for a tour. Asst. Prof. Dr. Ayşe Baş Collins, Dr. Cevat Ertuna and Dr. İlhan Ertuna guided the students to the computer laboratories, Le Piment Rouge practice restaurant and kitchen, classrooms with internet connection, and the instructors' offices. Ali Ünal shared information about how Le Piment Rouge operates.

In the end, students were given the chance to ask about the admission requirements and courses, as well as internship practices and career opportunities after graduation. The aim of the visit was to help students of the high school in their university study decision making process.

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Industrial Engineering Students Join in Disaster Management Project


In 2007, the Municipality of Bakırköy began working on disaster management projects such as the Bakırköy Urban Automation Project (BAKOP) to cope with emergency situations, both in daily life and in times of disaster. A few of the reasons why the Industrial Engineering (IE) Department decided to co-operate in this project were to provide stable solutions for logistics, warehousing and resource tracking problems in the aftermath of a possible earthquake in Istanbul. By utilizing the rich information already collected, Bilkent University IE senior students Neslihan Cenk, Elif Durukan, Ceyda Elbaşıoğlu, Begül Eray, Duygu Karaboncuk, Pınar Karakaş, Burak Koç, Tuğçe Tali, Ertan Tok, Fevzi Yılmaz, Görkem Yurtlu and Zeynep Yetiş conducted a project focused on getting humanitarian services to victims in a time efficient, organized fashion in the first 72 hours after an earthquake. 

To ease and direct emergency operations, they designed a decision support system. This would be used to establish good communication and resource allocation in an affected area. To establish a realistic and effective system, a variety of time dependent earthquake scenarios were explored.

Resources were classified as renewable and non-renewable. In order to best manage non-renewable resources, a Resource Tracking and Allocation System was developed.  It’s aim is to prioritize demands based on certain criteria and allocate the available resources to these demand points. Demographics, building types and number of occupants, and other significant information were considered. The project has a temporary warehouse management module where non-renewable resources are effectively stored and ready to be distributed.

Renewable resources were investigated under the heading of "Vehicle and Human Resources."

In addition to the municipality's vehicles and people, the project looked at vehicle and human resources that could be made available by NGOs and the public. It is crucial to acquire information about the situation of a disaster area before allocating resources. Therefore, motorized teams were developed to get this information. For renewable resource allocation, needs were prioritized and routes were developed in order to dispatch resources to their designated demand points.

Conference Interpreting Program to Host Seminar with Partner Institutions

Bilkent University's Masters in Conference Interpreting Program will be holding a seminar  - “Conference Interpreting: The Future in Training and the Profession” -  in the Mithat Çoruh Hall on Tuesday, April 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Partner institutions in the Program, the European Parliament and the European Commission, will be represented by Director General Olga Cosmidou and Mrs. Ekaterini Dara Lepoura, among others.

The seminar will bring together high level representatives from universities, experts from EU institutions, academicians and practitioners in the field of conference interpreting and candidates. EU norms in training, international benchmarking, the importance of the use of technology in training and  developments in training through virtual classes are among some of the issues to be covered.

Interpretation in Turkish and English will be provided. The seminar is open to all who wish to attend. The registration desk opens at 9:30 a.m.

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