Bilkent Lost Ayşe Pınar Şahin, Department of Translation and Interpretation Prep Student

Ayşe Pınar Şahin, a French Preparatory Program student in the Department of Translation and Interpretation, School of Applied Languages, passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2011, in a fatal traffic accident on the Eskişehir Highway.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our student, and wish to extend our condolences to her family, friends, and the Bilkent community.

Distinguished Teachers Honored

The University is pleased to announce the recipients of the Distinguished Teachers of the Year Awards for 2011. Başak İnce, Prof. Levent Onural, Asst. Prof. Örsan Örge, and Asst. Prof. Lars Roland Vinx were chosen for demonstrating outstanding teaching abilities and for contributing to students' academic and intellectual development. Bilkent News asked this year's Distinguished Teachers for their thoughts on receiving this award.

continue reading

Prof. Arıkan to Chair EEE

Prof. Orhan Arıkan has been appointed chair of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Prof. Arıkan will succeed Prof. Altıntaş who chaired the department from 2005 to 2011. Prof. Arıkan's appointment will be effective on June 17.

After his graduation from the Electrical Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University, Prof. Arıkan continued his graduate studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Following the completion of his Ph.D. in 1990, he joined Schlumberger-Doll Research in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Prof. Arıkan joined the faculty of the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department of Bilkent University in 1993.

Rector Atalar wishes Prof. Arıkan every success in his new administrative responsibilities and thanks Prof. Altıntaş for his 6 years of service as the department chair.

iPhone App Collaboration to Answer "Who Won?"

In less than an hour of brainstorming, students Ali Çevik (CS/IV), Mert Küçük (CS/IV), and A. Yavuz Oruç, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Maryland and visiting professor at Bilkent, had a project to work on: An iPhone app that can gather names, numbers, images, and code all in one place - actually two places (client and server) to produce critical statistics and results about the upcoming elections in Turkey. This would not only be valuable to voters in Turkey but also to anyone with an iPhone around the globe who may be interested in Turkish elections.

The iPhone app that they named "whowon" was the result. Like other iPhone apps, it runs on Apple's iOS operating system. It accomplishes a number of objectives for gathering and analyzing voting data as a client and server app, where iPhones are connected to a remote server that knows how to crunch data.

continue reading

Graduation Ceremony, June 16

The graduation ceremonies will be held in three sessions on the same day. Please make sure that you arrive at the commencement site at least an hour before the ceremony begins.

Morning Ceremony: Thursday, June 16, 10 a.m.
Rehearsal: Wednesday, June 15, 10 a.m.

Midday Ceremony: Thursday, June 16, 2 p.m.
Rehearsal: Wednesday, June 15, 2 p.m.
FHL, FADA, Faculty of Education, FS, SATM, VSTHM

Evening Ceremony:
Thursday, June 16, 6:30 p.m.
Rehearsal: Wednesday, June 15, 4:30 p.m.