TASSA Board of Directors

President and Chairman of the Board

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

Board Members

Ercan Alp,  Staff Member, Argonne National Laboratory

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

Füsun Özgüner, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ohio State University

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.

Selim Ünlü, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boston University

Also see Executive Committe members

(in alphabetical order)

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 


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 ultra thin 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


Füsun Özgüner

Fusun OzgunerDr. Özgüner is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Ohio State University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Özgüner received an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Istanbul Technical University in 1972, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1975.  She worked at the I.B.M. T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York for one year and joined the faculty at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Istanbul Technical University in 1976. She served as the Interim Department Chair from September 2004 to 2006. Her current research interests are parallel and fault-tolerant architectures, heterogeneous distributed computing, reconfiguration and communication in parallel architectures, real-time parallel computing and communication, on-chip multiprocessing and wireless mobile networks.

Fusun Ozguner'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


Selim Unlu

Dr. Unlu is a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Boston University. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1992. His research interests are Near-field optical microscopy and spectroscopy of semiconductor materials and devices, Design, processing, characterization, and simulation of semiconductor optoelectronic devices, Nanoscale imaging of biological samples and Biosensors. He has numerous publications in the major scientific journals. He received many awards such as 2008 TUBITAK Special Award, or 2005-2007 IEEE/LEOS Distinguised Lecturer. 

Selim Unlu's Website