Student Council to Elect Leadership

With the election of Faculty, School and Graduate School Representatives last week, the Bilkent Student Council has been formed. Election of the Council’s Executive Committee, President and Board of Overseers in the General Assembly will take place on

Tuesday, November 29, in the video room of the Student Union Building at 2 p.m.

Prof. Akay Receives Humboldt Research Award

Prof. Dr. Adnan Akay, vice president of the Board of Trustees and chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has recently received a Humboldt Research Award.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany grants these prestigious awards to researchers "whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future." Prof. Akay was elected to receive the award in recognition of his accomplishments to date in research and teaching.

Prof. Akay's research interests are in the areas of applied mechanics, vibrations and acoustics, noise control and tribology, friction-induced sounds. As a Humboldt Research Award recipient, he will be invited to undertake an extensive research project in collaboration with specialist colleagues in Germany.

Professors in History and Electrical and Electronics Engineering Departments Recognized

Prof. Erdal Arıkan Named IEEE Fellow

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has named Prof. Erdal Arıkan an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to coding theory. Prof. Arıkan, of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE), also received the IEEE Information Theory Paper Award in 2010, for "Channel Polarization: A Method for Constructing Capacity-Achieving Codes for Symmetric Binary-Input Memoryless Channels," published in the July 2009 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory.

With more than 350,000 members, IEEE is the world's largest technical professional organization. Promotion to its Fellow rank is one of the highest honors that the IEEE can bestow upon an individual. Given that fewer than 0.1 percent of IEEE members worldwide are honored with this title annually, this is a very elite group.

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Turkish Brand Summit Held at Bilkent


This past weekend, the fourth "Marka Zirvesi," or Brand Summit, took place at Bilkent. An annual marketing symposium organized by the Brand Club, this year's summit was held on November 26-27. An audience of over 200 invited attendees, from Bilkent as well as other universities including Boğaziçi, Hacettepe, İstanbul and METU, filled Mithat Çoruh Auditorium to hear talks by a stellar group of speakers, a number of them names behind the creation of well-known brands.
Prof. Metin Heper, Provost of Bilkent University, delivered the opening remarks. He noted that being a brand requires "doing everything better than everyone else." Referring to Bilkent itself as a brand, given its position in the Times Higher Education Rankings
(as the highest-ranked university in Turkey, and one of the world’s top universities), Prof. Heper outlined the universally accepted criteria that lead to an academic institution being considered a successful one.

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