TASSA Executive Committee

President and Chairman of the Board

Dr. Candan Tamerler, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Associate Dean of Research at the University of Kansas

Vice Presidents

Dr. Dilek Boyacioglu, Scientific Consultant and Co-founder and Partner of SBS Scientific Bio Solutions, Inc. 

Dr. Kerem Cosar, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Virginia

Dr. Canan Dagdeviren, Assistant Professor at MIT Media Lab

Dr. Nilay Papila, Stanford University, Research Manager 

Managing Director 

Dr. Taner Pirim, Faculty member of Department of Finance at the Ohio State University


Dr. Ergun Akleman,  Professor at the Department of Visualization, Texas A&M

Communication Director

Bedriye Akson, MBA, Bentley University


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Dr. Ergun Akleman is a Professor at the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University since 2008. He is a professional cartoonist, illustrator, and caricaturist who has published more than 500 cartoons, illustrations, and caricatures. He is also a computer graphics researcher who has a background in Electronic and Computer Engineering. He received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. His most significant and influential contributions as a researcher have been in shape modeling and computer-aided sculpting. His work on a topological mesh modeling has resulted in a powerful manifold mesh modeling system, called TopMod. By using TopMod, high genus manifold shapes can easily be constructed. He also has a significant body of work in subdivision modeling and implicit modeling.


Ergun Akleman Web Page


Bedriye was born in Izmit, Turkey. She received B.Sc. in Econometrics, and started to work in Istanbul at Zorlu Holding. She continued to her higher education in Marketing at Istanbul University, while she was working at Vestel. After 8 years of work, she moved to Boston and received her MBA from Bentley University in 2018. She has been working at the MIT  Center for Transportation and Logistics and serves TASSA as Director of Communications.




Dr. Boyacioglu is currently a science consultant, an entrepreneur, and a retired Professor of the Dept. Food Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, where she served as a faculty member for 24 years. She is co-founder and partner of the SBS Scientific Bio Solutions, Inc., Turkey, and the SBS Americas, Inc., NY, producing the bee products from Anatolia that are marketed in the U.S.A and 14 other countries.
Dr. Boyacioglu received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Food Engineering Dept. of the Ege University in 1981 and 1985. She earned her Ph.D. degree from the Cereal Science Department of North Dakota State University in 1992. After returning to the homeland, she worked at Istanbul Technical University as a faculty member until 1996. In 1997 she quit her position and moved to Australia, where she served as a researcher at the Plant Breeding Institute of University of Sydney. After her return to ITU, she resumed her previous academic position. At ITU, she was in charge of many administrative duties, including Department Chair for nine years, Director of the European Union Center and Consultant to the Rector in addition to several committees including Women Studies Center in STEMs as well as Center of Excellence in Disaster and Emergency at Istanbul Technical University. As Director of the EU Center at the ITU, she prepared guidelines for facilitating the participation of researchers into the EU's research and mobility programs and introduced systems for promoting the faculty members for developing collaborations with European networks.
In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate levels, she coordinated and directed many research projects funded by State and the European Commission and advised M.Sc. and Ph.D. thesis researches. Dr. Boyacioglu has been an advisor to the food industry for product development and solutions to research problems, including several training programs. In the last decade, her research interest focused on the molecular changes of healthy bioactive compounds such as antioxidants, including bee products. Her research interest in natural bee products leads her to produce safe and healthy foods and supplements. In 2013, she co-founded and became a partner of Scientific Bio Solutions, Inc. (www.beeo.com.tr) at the Istanbul Technical University Techno Park, then in 2016, expanded to SBS Americas Inc. (www.bee-and-you.com).
She is also currently serving as an independent expert in evaluating innovation projects of small and medium enterprises from the demonstration stage through to market uptake, including phases of piloting, validation of business models, and pre-normative research for the grants of the European Commission.




Prof. Coşar is an Associate Professor of Economics at University of Virginia. He grew up in Kadıköy-Istanbul, and studied business administration/economics at Boğaziçi University. After finishing doctoral studies at PennState in 2010, he worked as a member of the faculty at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Stockholm School of Economics. With contributions in several fields, his work has been published in top journals such as the American Economic Review, the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Development Economics and the American Economic Journal Microeconomics, and featured in major outlets such as the New York Times and Der Spiegel. He is a research affiliate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, a fellow of the CESifo Institute in Munich and a fellow of the Economic Research Forum at Koç University. His work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and Neubauer Collegium.


Kerem Cosar Web Page


Canan Dagdeviren is an Assistant Professor at MIT Media Lab, head of the Conformable Decoders Research Group. Dagdeviren obtained her B.Sc. in Physics Engineering from Hacettepe University in Ankara, and her M.Sc. in Materials Science and Engineering at Sabanci University in Istanbul. As a Fulbright Doctoral Scholar, Dagdeviren received her Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the supervision of Prof. John A. Rogers in December 2014. Dagdeviren’s research experience has focused on mechanically adaptive electromechanical systems that can intimately integrate with the target object for sensing, actuation, and energy harvesting, among other applications. Dr. Dagdeviren conducted her postdoctoral research in The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research of MIT, working with Prof. Robert Langer. Dagdeviren is also a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows of Harvard University. Currently, Dagdeviren has 22 journal papers, is inventor on 4 patent applications, and holds over 30 prestigious awards including; MIT Technology Review Award for Innovators Under 35, Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science, World#1 in Medical Innovation named by Junior Chamber International, Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP).


Canan Dagdeviren Web Page



Nilay Uzgören Papila is research manager of Stanford University, who helps researchers, entrepreneurs, and innovators to manage their research, IP and innovation portfolio.
Dr. Papila received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Aerospace Engineering Department of the Middle East Technical University in 1994 and 1997, respectively. She got her Ph.D. from Aerospace Engineering Department of the University of Florida in 2001. 
Dr. Papila has a track record of delivering high-quality strategic advisory services in higher education research management and technology commercialization both in the U.S. and Turkey over 17 years. Prior to moving to the U.S., she was the Founding Director of Technology Transfer Office at Özyeğin University and established one of the first Technology Transfer Offices in Turkey as the recipient of 10 Million TL grant from TUBITAK. Formerly, she worked as the Manager of the Project Development Office at Sabanci University and Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Program Development Office at the University of Florida. While working in Turkey, she was appointed as a National Expert on EU 7th Framework Program (FP7) Marie Curie Actions and expert at the Technology Transfer Support Program Group by TUBITAK.
Dr. Papila is Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellow (2000), NCURA (National Council of Research Administration) Global Fellow at Stanford University (2018) and holds Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) certification.



Taner Pirim is currently a freelance consultant and faculty member of Department of Finance at Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University.
Dr. Pirim has many years of industry experience in government institutions and Fortune 100 companies working with senior business leaders, SVPs and CxOs, to define enterprise wide financial, and analytical missions as well as long-term strategies while holding several management roles. Beside his professional career in Supercomputer, Telecom and CPG industries, he has taught senior and graduate level courses in Supply Chain Management, Financial Management and Information Systems, Computer Science fields including Project Management and Analytics for Business and Engineering Schools in several universities.

Pirim had his PhD in Production and Operations Management: Operations Research and MSc & BS in Engineering Science.



Dr. Tamerler serves as Associate Dean for Research, School of Engineering at the University of Kansas (KU). She is the Wesley Cramer Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department and in Bioengineering Program where she also serves as the Director of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Track. Tamerler is the Director of Bio-mediated and Biomimetic Materials at the Institute for Bioengineering Research at the KU. Prior to moving to University of Kansas, she was a Professor (Research) in Materials Science and Engineering Department and Assistant Director of the Genetically-Engineered Materials Science & Engineering Center (GEMSEC), an NSF-MRSEC, at the University of Washington. Between 2002-2010, she was a Professor and the Chair of Molecular Biology and Genetics Department at the Istanbul Technical University, concurrently has been a Visiting Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Washington. While at ITU, Tamerler founded and served as the Director of the Molecular Biology-Genetics and Biotechnology Research Center, a multi-disciplinary initiative established in 2004 until she joined to University of Washington as a full time faculty. She is a graduate of Chemical Engineering Department at the Bogazici University. Combining the molecular biology to materials science, Dr. Tamerler’s research focuses on the engineering of biomolecular systems for diverse applications including Biology Enabled Nanotechnologies, Biofabrication, Bioadditive Manufacturing: Bioprinting and Restorative and Regenerative Materials Design. She has published more than 150 science indexed publications and several patents, her publications received >7250 citations (H-Index: 41). Dr. Tamerler has many awards and many honors including The Lifetime Achievement Recognition Award in 2017 by Marquis Who is Who; Miller Professional Development & Recognition Award in 2017 and Bellow Scholar Award in 2016 at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Tamerler has been awarded visiting scientist and professorship positions at the University of Westminster (UK) and the University of Nagoya (Japan), respectively. She is inducted as Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and AIMBE (American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers). She is also a principle member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA). She has been serving to TASSA in different roles including Vice-President (2010-2014) and Board of Directors (2014-2020).

Candan Tamerler Webpage