Announcement from Prof. Ali Doğramacı
Dear Members of the Bilkent Community,
Even though I had previously announced the end of my term as rector of Bilkent University to be June 30 of this year, our founder Professor İhsan Doğramacı's recent passing away has made it necessary for me to advance this date. On February 27, 2010, I resubmitted my resignation to the Board of Trustees to be effective March 1, 2010.
In the light of my resignation letter of November 9, 2009, the Board of Trustees has established a search committee to identify candidates for the new rector. Last week this committee reported to the Board that Professor Abdullah Atalar is their sole candidate. The Board of Trustees then proceeded with a vote and decided to propose Professor Abdullah Atalar to the Council of Higher Education to be approved for the post of rector of Bilkent University. The by-laws of our university stipulate that until a new rector is formally appointed, the provost of the university serves as acting rector.
Starting from March 1, 2010, I will be serving as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Bilkent University. I am grateful for the warm support I have received from every one of you since 1993, and I am confident that you will show the same support to our new rector. I extend every good wish to Professor Abdullah Atalar in his new position.
With my sincerest best wishes to all of you.
Prof. Abdullah Atalar
Born in Gaziantep in 1954, Prof. Abdullah Atalar received his B.S. degree from the Middle East Technical University in 1974, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in 1976 and 1978 respectively, all in Electrical Engineering.
From 1978 to 1980 he was first a Post Doctoral Fellow and later an Engineering Research Associate at Stanford University, continuing his work on acoustic microscopy. For eight months he was with Hewlett Packard Labs, Palo Alto, engaged in photoacoustics research. From 1980 to 1986 he was on the faculty of the Middle East Technical University as an Assistant Professor. From 1982 to 1983 on leave from METU, he was with Ernst Leitz Wetzlar in West Germany, working on the development of the commercial acoustic microscope.
In 1986 he joined Bilkent University as the chairman of the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department and served in the founding of the Department where he is now a professor. From 1995 to 1996 he was in the Ginzton Lab of Stanford University on a sabbatical leave. He has been serving as the Provost of Bilkent University since 1996.
He collaborates with a Stanford Research team as a Visiting Professor in the electrical engineering department of Stanford University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on VLSI design and microwave electronics. His current research interests include micromachined sensors and actuators and computer aided design in electrical engineering. He is an IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Fellow, and member of TÜBA as well as the Scientific Committee of TÜBİTAK.
Bilkent University’s Name To Be
“İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University”
The Board of Trustees discussed and approved on February 27, 2010, a proposal by the Senate to change the name of Bilkent University to “İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University” (“İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent Üniversitesi”). This name change needs the further approval of the Higher Education Council and Parliament. The Board of Trustees also decided to propose to the city of Ankara that the road from the Bilkent Bridge to the Bilkent 3 Residential Buildings be named İhsan Doğramacı Boulevard in memory of Prof. İhsan Doğramacı.
Professor İhsan Doğramacı Laid to Rest
Professor İhsan Doğramacı, founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bilkent University, who passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2010 just a month before his 95th birthday, was laid to rest on the grounds of the Doğramacızade Ali Paşa Mosque on Sunday after the president of Turkey, many other prominent citizens and thousands of colleagues, former students and other friends and admirers had paid their final respects to him.
Ceremonies were held for Prof. Doğramacı at Hacettepe University and Bilkent University on Saturday, February 27. A further memorial ceremony was held at the Higher Education Council (YÖK) on February 28, following which a state funeral was held at the Kocatepe Mosque.
During the first farewell ceremony Prof. Hasan Kazdağlı, Vice Rector of Hacettepe University, presented Hocabey's life story. Prof. Gülsev Kale, Chairman of the Department of Child Health, Prof. Şinasi Özsoylu, retired Professor of Pediatrics and longtime colleague of Prof. Doğramacı, Prof. Uğur Erdener, Rector of Hacettepe University, and Prof. Ali Doğramacı, spoke about Prof. İhsan Doğramacı's career and accomplishments. The ceremony concluded with a performance of the "Summer" concerto of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" violin concerto series by the Hacettepe Symphony Orchestra conducted by Prof. Erol Erdinç.
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