2020 News

Dr. Metin Sitti receives the Breakthrough of the Year Award at the Fallings Walls World Science Summit in Berlin

A Director at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Sitti is one of the world’s leading scientists in the field of physical intelligence. He is a pioneer in several areas of research, among them wireless tiny medical robots, gecko-inspired adhesives, and bio-inspired miniature robots.   full story

Turkish scientist teaming up with Pfizer is behind the leading vaccine for coronavirus

Many news agencies worldwide released very exciting and promising information about the vaccine's effectiveness developed for COVID-19 by BioNTech and Pfizer team on Monday.   full story

TASSA Elects Four New Board Members

TASSA Board of Directors approved the election results of the Nominating Committee on October 3, 2020.   full story

Remembering Orhan Gürbüz (1939-2020)

(1) Year mid-September 1965, place: Prep Language Lab, Washburn Hall, Robert College, Bebek Istanbul, Turkey. Class Instructor Ms. Magali needs a cigarette break, and she asks me to start the lab.   full story

TASSA family lost a valuable member, Dr. Orhan Gurbuz

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, we announce with sympathy that Dr. Orhan Gurbuz, a previous board member of TASSA, has passed away peacefully on August 31, 2020. We would like to thank the late Dr. Gurbuz for his invaluable contribution to the TASSA and express our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.   full story

New Board Chair and President, Dr. Candan Tamerler starts her term

Dr. Candan Tamerler, who served TASSA as the vice president and board member since 2004, assumed the duties from the past chairman of the board and president, Dr. Haluk Unal, in April 2020.   full story

TASSA Reorganizes Its Executive Committee

The Executive Committee, which is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of TASSA, has been reorganized.   full story

Dr. Egemen Kolemen wins 2020 Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award

Dr. Egemen Kolemen, assistant professor of Princeton University has won a prestigious 2020 Excellence in Fusion Engineering award presented by Fusion Power Associates.   full story

Dr. Umut Gurkan named a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI)

Dr. Umut Gurkan, Warren E. Rupp Associate Professor of Case Western Reserve University, has been elected a senior member of the August 2020 class of The National Academy of Inventors (NAI).   full story

Dr. Ali Erdemir honored with 2020 Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers International Award

Dr. Erdemir, TEES Eminent Professor of Texas A&M University and an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, is given the STLE International Award, which is the Society's highest technical honor and bestows lifetime honorary membership.   full story

An Innovative Approach to the SBIR and STTR Programs: AFWERX “Open Topic” Program

Dr. Nilay Papila from Stanford University provides information about the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs as the most commonly used funding tools for domestic small businesses in the United States since 1982 (Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982 (P.L. 97-219)).   full story