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TASSA Conferences have the objective to establish a forum and create a dynamic platform for many young and experienced American, Turkish, and Turkish-American scientists and scholars to explore and develop new collaborative initiatives. 

This year’s conference theme will be centered on “Disruptive Ideas and Technologies.” Social, economic, and technological changes often require an idea or innovation that challenge the norm and create a completely new social structure, industry, or market; and eventually disrupt the establishment displacing time-honored firms, products, and alliances. Distinct panels on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Health, Economics, and Social Sciences will bring together renowned Turkish-American scholars from academia and industry will discuss how disruptive ideas affect their respective disciplines. The biennial TASSA Conference meeting will expose the participants to a unique perspective on important issues and provide excellent opportunities to exchange perspectives on disruptive ideas and networking. For a PDF version of the conference announcement please click here.

We are very happy to announce that Dr. Kenan Şahin, President of TIAX and Dr. Hasan Mandal, President of TÜBİTAK have agreed to join us as keynote speakers. We are also very proud to have İlhan Başgöz, Professor Emeritus of Folklore at Indiana University sharing memories of the first years of the Turkish Republic in his presentation titled “Cumhuriyet’in Atatürk’lü Yıllarına Kısa Bir Bakış – A brief Review of Atatürk Years of Republic of Turkey.”  Other confirmed speakers and panelists for the conference include:

• Prof. Charles DeLisi, Metcalf Professor of Science and Engineering at Boston University – in 1986, as Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Health and Environmental Research Programs, DeLisi has initiated the Human Genome Project.

• Prof. Daron Acemoğlu, Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics at MIT – a recipient of John Bates Clark Medal in 2005 and best known for his work on political economy.

• Prof. Kenneth Lutchen, Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University – a former president of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)

• Dr. Yalcin Ayasli, founder and chairman of two US public charitable organizations: Turkish Cultural Foundation and Turkish Coalition of America, and founder of Hittite Microwave Corporation, a pioneer in MMIC technology

• Dr. Orhun K. Muratoğlu, the Director of the Harris Orthopaedics Laboratory and Director of the Technology Implementation Research Center (TIRC) at Massachusetts General Hospital.

• Hon. Ömür Budak, Turkish Council General of Boston

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