Prof. Levent Onural, who is a faculty member of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department, is elected to the position of IEEE Region 8 Director; his term of office will be years 2001-2002. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is an international, technical and professional organization with members and activities in every part of the world. IEEE is accepted as the most prestigious organization in the field of electrical and electronics engineering, and publishes about 50 technical journals and organizes about 1000 technical conferences each year. About one quarter of all technical publications in the world in this field is produced by IEEE.
Prof. Onural has served IEEE for many years. Currently, he is the worldwide chairman of IEEE Student Activities Committee, and vice-chair of IEEE Regional Activities Board. By getting the highest number of votes in the last elections, where about 34000 IEEE Region 8 members were eligible to vote, Prof. Onural will represent these IEEE members at IEEE Board of Directors, the highest board of IEEE. Prof. Onural is the first Turkish engineer elected to this board.
Prof. Onural got his PhD degree from State University of New York (SUNY). He joined Bilkent University in 1987. Prof. Onural and his research team are known for their contributions to digital video, videophone, digital TV, video transmission over the internet and video databases.