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Prof. Hilmi Volkan Demir, director of UNAM – The National Nanotechnology Research Centre of Turkey and Bilkent’s Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology and a member of the Departments of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Physics, was elected a Fellow of The Optical Society (OSA) by the society’s board on September 16, during the OSA’s annual meeting in Washington, DC.

The OSA’s mission is “to promote the generation, application and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide.” The society, founded in 1916, describes itself as “the world’s leading champion for optics and photonics, uniting and educating scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders worldwide to foster and promote technical and professional development.”

Prof. Demir’s election to Fellow status recognizes his distinct and significant  contributions to the advancement of optics and photonics, in particular for pioneering and sustained contributions to the research and development of semiconductor lighting, nanocrystal optoelectronics and nanophotonics. Several factors are considered for election including specific scientific and technological contributions, a record of significant publications and patents, technical and industry leadership in the field as well as service to the society and the global optics community. 

The number of OSA fellows elected each year is less than 0.5 per cent of the current membership total, making the process both highly selective and competitive.  The 2020 class of Fellows will be honored at OSA conferences and meetings throughout 2020.




Our Ph.D. student Polat Göktaş has received the 2019 Leopold B. Felsen Excellence in Electrodynamics Award. EMC Turkey and Leopold B. Felsen Fund, Boston has been bestowing an award for Excellence in Electromagnetics to promote contributions of the Turkish researchers to the field of Electrodynamics since 2007.




You can access to the 2018-2019 spring semester final examination schedule here.

The 30th Graduate Research Conference organized by the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) and the IEEE Bilkent Student Branch took place on Friday, March 22 in the lecture halls on the ground floor of the EE building. During this day-long event, Bilkent EEE graduate students described their state-of-the-art research projects in oral and poster presentations. 

This year’s schedule included 57 oral presentations grouped into 12 sessions, with three sessions taking place concurrently during each of 4 time blocks. In the oral sessions, graduate students shared their research projects and answered questions from the audience. Various areas of electrical and electronics engineering, including signal processing, communications, electromagnetics, biomedical engineering, electronics, photonics, control, robotics, networks and nanotechnology, were covered. 

During the two poster sessions, attendees had a chance to interact with the 45 presenters and learn more about the research being conducted in the Bilkent EEE department. The conference also included some invited poster/demo presentations by EEE undergraduate students. 

The conference concluded with a reception and award ceremony, at which four “best oral presentation” and two “best poster” awards were given out by the department.
The oral presentation awards went to Bahram Khalichi, Çağrı Göken, Ehsan Kazemivalipour, and İbrahim Kurban Özaslan, while Büşra Tegin and Mert Kalfa received the best poster awards.

The conference was chaired by Prof. Sinan Gezici of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. EEE graduate students Aras Yurtman, Merve Begüm Terzi, and Ahmet Safa Öztürk, along with the undergraduate students Abdulkadir Erol (CS/I), Yiğit Efe Erginbaş (EEE/II), and Deniz Ulusel (CS/IV) from the IEEE Bilkent Student Branch, took part in organizing the event.

The event offered a day full of knowledge sharing, and a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to experience the world of research in engineering and science. Participants also had a chance to interact with researchers from other universities as well as professionals from some of the top engineering companies in Turkey.


The photos taken at the event can be accessed here.

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