TASSA Board of Directors

President and Chairman of the Board

Haluk Ünal, Professor of Finance, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Board Members

Huseyin Abut, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, San Diego State University

Ercan Alp,  Staff Member, Argonne National Laboratory

Hasan Ayaz, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, Drexel University

Bülent Başol, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, EncoreSolar

Ayse Imrohoroglu, Professor of Finance and Business Economics, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California

Aydoğan Özcan, Chancellor’s Professor and HHMI Professor, Electrical Engineering, UCLA

Candan Tamerler, Wesley Cramer Professor, Mechanical Engineering Dpt. Unv. of Kansas

Mehmet Toner, Helen Andrus Benedict Professor,  Biomedical Engineering, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

Also see Executive Committe members

(in alphabetical order)

 Hüseyin Abut

Hüseyin Abut is Professor Emeritus from Electrical and Computer Engineering at San Diego State University. At present, he is a visiting Professor at Bogazici University. He has also held visiting faculty appointments in Turkey, Japan, Singapore, Germany, and Stanford University. He served as the director of an academic research facility for more than twenty years and was the interim associate dean for research. He was involved with the establishment of a foundation university in Turkey and the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore during their initial kick-off years in the nineties. He also served as the VP for Research and Development of a high-tech company in the 1980s, was the President of one and the TCO of several other high-tech startups both in the US and abroad. He has served twice at the capacity of Senior Advisor for the U.N. Programme Development.  He published 8 books and 100 original articles in the field of speech processing, image processing, biometrics, and signal processing for vehicular applications. He holds two patents. His recent interests include smart devices, materials, and systems for ‘Patient-Centric Remote Medicine” for heart attack and stroke prevention. He has served as a founding associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing. He served at many capacities as a member, secretary, board member and senator in the academic and professional organizations including the IEEE Signal Processing Society.

He has served in the Transition Team Member of the TASSA 2010-2012 and as a member in the TASSA BOD 2012-2016. He was instrumental in putting together the TASSA Bylaws together with 2 other BOD members and was the nomination committee chair of TASSA 2012-2016.

Huseyin Abut's website


Ercan Alp

Dr. Alp received BSc and MSc degrees from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, and PhD from Southern Illinois University. He is a staff member at Argonne National Laboratory since 1984. He worked with the first group of physicists to prepare the scientific case for the Advanced Photon Source. He is known for his work in nuclear resonant x-ray spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation since 1980. He formed the inelastic x-ray scattering group at the APS, and he was responsible for the design and construction of the inelastic x-ray scattering beamlines.

Dr. Alp was a member of Canadian Light Source Science Advisory Committee between 1999-2009. He was the co-chair of the first Scientific Committee for the SESAME project in Jordan (1999-2004), and helped write the scientific case for a synchrotron source in the Middle East, organized early workshops to develop a scientific user community. He continues to serve as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committees of SESAME. Dr. Alp is the chair of the International Science Advisory Committee for the Turkish Accelerator Center. He participates in many national and international panels, and advisory committees. He hosts international scientists and directs PhD theses for graduate students. He has published over 300 papers, book chapters, and organized and chaired international many conferences, summer schools and workshops. He was a visiting professor at Bilkent University, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and at Northern Illinois University.

Ercan Alp's Website 


Hasan Ayaz

Hasan Ayaz is an Associate Professor at Drexel University, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems, with adjunct affiliations the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and a core member of the Cognitive Neuroengineering and Quantitative Experimental Research Collaborative. He received his BSc. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Boğaziçi University and received PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2010 from Drexel University. For more than 17 years, he worked on the development of miniaturized continuous wave near infrared spectroscopy systems focusing on neuroimaging. He has developed tools for monitoring brain that is now utilized routinely for clinical and field research in university, governmental and corporate labs. He also led the software development of the first optical-brain-monitoring medical device, Infrascanner, which is a portable-handheld instrument that utilizes near infrared to detect hematoma in head trauma patients. Dr. Ayaz’s research involves understanding the neural mechanisms related to human cognitive, and motor functioning with a focus on real-world contexts, mobile neuroimaging, and neuroengineering approaches for neuroergonomics applications. His research has been funded by federal agencies, corporate partners and foundations, and output 200+ publications.
Dr. Ayaz’s volunteer services to Turkish American community started in his first years as a PhD student. He has co-founded Drexel Turkish Student Association and served as its first president in 2006-2007.  He has been serving TASSA in various capacities, as the student representative at the board from 2007 to 2009, later in technical committees and IT committee chair; and he was Vice-President of TASSA.

Hasan Ayaz's website


Bulent Basol

Dr. Bulent Basol has more than 35 years of experience in the fields of PV and semiconductors. He started his career at Monosolar Inc., where he developed a high-efficiency CdTe PV technology, which was sold to BP in1984. This technology yielded the highest-efficiency thin-film PV modules at that time. Subsequently, Bulent co-founded ISET Inc. where he innovated both vacuum- and non-vacuum–based techniques for CdTe and CIGS-based thin-film solar cell fabrication, which yielded the first efficient CIGS device produced by a nano-ink–based approach and the first flexible, high–power-density CIGS cell on a polymeric substrate, for which he received an innovation award from NASA. In the 2000-2005 period, Bulent led the research efforts to develop electrochemical processes and tools for integrated circuit manufacturing at NuTool Inc. After the sale of the technology, Bulent co-founded SoloPower Inc. in 2005 and Encore Solar Inc. in 2010, to develop electrodeposition-based CIGS and CdTe solar cell technologies, respectively. At the present time, he is involved with the development of a metrology technique for ultrathin semiconductor layers employed in advanced transistor structures.

Bulent Basol received a BS in electrical engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, and a PhD in solid-state electronics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has 167 issued US patents and over 100 publications.

Bulent Basol's Website


Ayse Imrohoroglu

Ayse Imrohoroglu is a macroeconomist who specializes in understanding business cycles, inflation, unemployment insurance, and social security. Her work has been published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, and Journal of Monetary Economics. She received a National Science Foundation grant in 1992 to investigate the effects of social security programs on economies with imperfect insurance. From 2004 to 2007, she was Chair of the Department of Finance and Business Economics.

Ayse Imrohoroglu's Website


Aydoğan Özcan

Dr. Özcan is currently the Chancellor's Professor at UCLA leading the Bio- and Nano-Photonics Laboratory at the Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering Departments. Dr. Özcan received his Ph.D. degree at Stanford University Electrical Engineering Department in 2005. After a short post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University, he is appointed as a Research Faculty Member at Harvard Medical School, Wellman Center for Photomedicine in 2006. Dr. Özcan holds 22 issued patents and another 16 pending patent applications for his inventions in nanoscopy, wide-field imaging, lensless imaging, nonlinear optics, fiber optics, and optical coherence tomography. In addition, Dr. Özcan is the founder and a member of the Board of Directors of Holomic LLC.

Aydogan Ozcan's Website



Candan Tamerler

Dr. Tamerler joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Kansas in 2013. Previously, she held positions at the University of Washington (UW) as a Research Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department and also as the Assistant director of the Genetically-Engineered Materials Science & Engineering Center, a NSF MRSEC facility. Preceding her positions at UW, Dr. Tamerler was a Full Professor at Instanbul Technical University (ITU) and served as the Chair of their Molecular Biology and Genetics Department from 2002 through 2010 (while concurrently holding a Visiting Professor position at UW). During her time at ITU, Professor Tamerler founded and was the Director of the Molecular Biology-Biotechnology & Genetics Research Center (ITU MOBGAM), a multi-disciplinary initiative involving faculty members from the College of Engineering as well as the College of Arts and Science. She played an integral role in raising funds for the construction of the 40,000 sq. ft. MOBGAM building as well as the innovative research conducted within the Center.

Dr. Tamerler's current research interests are in molecular biomimetics, bio-nanotechnology, and bio-enabled materials science. She has published over 90 refereed journal articles, 30 conference proceedings, 5 book chapters, as well as multiple patents. She has organized several symposia and internationally accredited conferences, including those sponsored by the American Chemical Society, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), and the Materials Research Society. Dr. Tamerler has been awarded visiting scientist and professorship positions at the University of Westminster and the University of Nagoya, respectively, and is a Principal Member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences. In 2016, Dr. Tamerler was inducted to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

Candan Tamerler Website


Mehmet Toner

Mehmet TonerDr. Toner is the Helen Andrus Benedict Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Dr. Toner received a BS degree from Istanbul Technical University and MS degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), both in Mechanical Engineering. Subsequently he completed his PhD degree in Medical Engineering at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in 1989. Since that time he has been on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Toner established the Center for Engineering in Medicine, and BioMicroElectroMechanical Systems Resource Center (BMRC) at the MGH to explore the applications of bioengineering in basic biology, systems biology, diagnostics and clinical medicine.

Mehmet Toner's Website


Haluk Ünal

Dr. Ünal is a Professor of Finance, at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, Special Advisor to the Center for Financial Research of the FDIC, and Senior Fellow at the Wharton Financial Institutions Center. He is also the Managing Editor of the Journal of Financial Services Research.  Dr. Ünal holds doctorates in finance from The Ohio State University and in economics from Istanbul University, where he did his undergraduate work as well. Dr. Ünal also earned an MS degree in accounting from Ohio State. His current research focuses on executive compensation, corporate bonds, bank mergers, pricing default risk, risk management, and bank resolution costs. Mr. Ünal has been a consultant to the World Bank, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Department of Justice. He is also on the academic council of Standard and Poor’s. Internationally, he delivered invited lectures in Portugal, China, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey. He also held executive training for Fannie Mae, Hughes Network Systems, Oracle, SAIC, China Merchants Bank, Banco Santander, and Wharton’s EMTM program.

Haluk Unal's Website