Volume 16, Number 23
March 30, 2010

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Spring Fest 2010 is Just Around the Corner!


The event every Bilkenter looks forward to from the very first day of school is almost here! It's the annual Spring Fest, and it's coming,April 29, 30 and May 1!

Just imagine - the sun on your face, great music, relaxing with good friends, and of course, the aroma of delicious food.

Indeed, it is a wonderful experience!

For three fun-filled days, Spring Fest 2010 will take over the grass field between the FMPA and FEASS building, as well as the Odeon. It will be the place to be seen, the place to enjoy spring, and the place to have a great time!

Note: Pitching tents on the grass will not be allowed because of security and health issues.

Spring Festival Organization Committee

Administrative Appointments

Zeki KuruoğluProfessor Zeki C. Kuruoğlu, Associate Provost and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Education, has decided to return to his scholarly pursuits on a full time basis as of March 5. Professor Cevdet Aykanat has been appointed Associate Provost, and Professor Mehmet Baray has been appointed  Acting Dean of the Faculty of Education.

Rector Abdullah Atalar expressed his gratitude with these words: “We are grateful to Professor Kuruoğlu for his exemplary and devoted services. His administrative contributions for the past 18 years are invaluable to our University.

I congratulate Professors Baray and Aykanat and wish them every success in their new administrative responsibilities.”

Cevdet AykanatCevdet Aykanat received his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the Middle East Technical University, and a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Ohio State University where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He worked as a research associate at the Intel Supercomputer Systems Division in Beaverton, Oregon. Professor Aykanat has been affiliated with the Department of Computer Engineering at Bilkent since 1989 and has been the Dean of Bilkent's Summer School since 2005.

His research interests mainly include parallel computing and its combinatorial aspects, parallel computer graphics applications, parallel data mining, graph and hypergraph theoretic models for load balancing, high performance information retrieval systems, parallel databases, and grid computing. He has authored and co-authored approximately 60 indexed journal articles. His publications have received approximately 400 citations in ISI indexes. He has been the coordinator and principal investigator of several applied research projects funded by the European Union, TÜBİTAK, and Intel-SSD.      

He is a past recipient of the 1995 TÜBİTAK Investigator Award and the 2007 Parlar Science Award. He served as a member of the EU-INTAS Council of Science between 2005 and 2008. He has been serving as a member of IFIP Working Group 10.3 (Concurrent System Technology) since 2004 and as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems since 2008.

Mehmet BarayMehmet Baray had his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Middle East Technical University. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California Berkeley in 1970.

Before joining Bilkent University, he taught at the Middle East Technical University, Southern Methodist University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and served as the Chairman of the Department of Computer Engineering at Hacettepe University.

Prof. Baray served as the Chairman of the Department of Computer Engineering at Bilkent University between 1986 and 2000. He has been serving as the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering since 1992, Director of Institute of Engineering and Science and as a professor at the Department of Computer Engineering.

8th International İstanbul Gastronomy Festival Held


The 8th International İstanbul Gastronomy Festival was held between 18-21 March, 2010. A team of Bilkent students from the Department of Tourism and Hotel Management of the  School of Applied Technology and Management joined this food competition in the segment "Modern Turkish Cuisine."                        
Bilkent Gastronomy Group members included Y. Bülent Karaoğlu, Barış Ak, B. Nihat Tanık, and Baran Yüce. The team captain was Chef Zeki Polatkesen. The international jury awarded the silver medal to the Bilkent Gastronomy Group. The success was the result of hard work of more than two months of preparation.

The evaluation criteria included cutting techniques, cooking techniques, presentation skills, and observation of HACCP (hygiene) rules. The award-winning menu's starter was chickpeas red onion cake (with roasted loin of lamb, aragula, endive salad, and yogurt mint sauce), with a main course of stuffed chicken (served with, sautéed Swiss chard & saffron sauce), and a dessert of clotted creamy and roasted pistachios sweet pastry made of güllaç baklava (served with sour cheery, and apricot sauce).

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Prof. İhsan Doğramacı’s 95th Birthday to be Commemorated

hocabeyApril 3 marks the 95th anniversary of Prof. İhsan Doğramacı’s birth.
A special concert in memory of the 95th birthday of our founder Prof. İhsan Doğramacı will be held on Saturday, April 3.

The proposal by the Bilkent University Board of Trustees for naming the road from the Bilkent Bridge to the Bilkent 3 Residential Buildings as "İhsan Doğramacı Boulevard" has been approved by the city of Ankara.

The naming ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 3, 1 p.m. The details will be announced soon.

All Bilkenters are invited to attend.

Saturday, April 3 at 8 p.m. at the Bilkent Concert Hall
In Remembrance of İhsan Doğramacı
Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Klaus Weise
Piano: Gülsin Onay
Piano: Francesco Libetta
W. A. Mozart | Concerto for Two Pianos No.10 in E flat major KV. 365
P. I. Tchaikovsky | Symphony No.6 "Pathetique" in B minor Op. 74

Spring Break

Dear Bilkent News Readers,

Due to the Spring Break, Bilkent News will not be published next week. The next issue will appear on Tuesday, April 13. We wish you a wonderful break!

Department of Theater Marks World Theater Day


With a carnival and theater play, Bilkent celebrated World Theater Day with the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts. Scenes from famous plays were presented from plays such as Romeo and Juliet, King Oedipus, Antigone and Julius Caesar. The plays performed at Main Campus drew considerable interest from Bilkent students with talented performers who brought the medieval world to life on stage.


“I think that was a great opportunity to create a connection between the faculty of performing arts and others,” said second year student of performing arts actor Sedat Yılmaz. “We tried to show the entertaining side of theatre. We are grateful to our instructors and our university for giving us this chance.”
“That was really amusing,” said audience member Deniz Özdamar, (IE/III), “Performing different plays briefly made it more interesting. That was a colorful show.”


Burak Otluoğlu, (TRIN/III), said, “Using the campus interactively was a different experience, not only for the talented actors but also for us.”

Many countries around the world, including Turkey, celebrated World Theater Day, which has been held every year since 1962, on March 27.

İdil Damla Bingöl (IE/II)
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