2020 News

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

Ergun Akleman on Dynamic Still-Life Paintings with Global Illumination

In the future, we can have hyper-realistic dynamic paintings in our homes. These paintings will be able to change based on the existing illumination from the environment.   full story

Erdogan Ceylan on Covid-19 and Food Supply

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the cause of the infectious disease named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization in February 2020.   full story

Science Cartoon - History of Science:Masks

During Medieval times, plague doctors wore a beak-like mask during a pandemic. These masks were filled with aromatic items. The discovery of the "beak-like masks" is attributed to Charles de Lorme, who Charles was the chief physician of three French kings, Henri IV, Louis XIII, and Louis XIV from 1610 to 1650.   full story