2013 News

TASSA participates “Congress for Turkish Scientists Living Abroad” Meeting – July 2013

On July 4-5, 2013, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) held the “2nd Congress for Turkish Scientists Living Abroad” meeting in İstanbul, Turkey. Around 130 scientists, who have marked their fields with notable works and patents, discussed four main issues: “Technology Transfer”, “Education”, “Health” and “Energy”, to determine concrete steps to take in these areas. They shared their experiences with some 70 representatives from Turkey’s public and private sectors and universities to make the country an international center of attraction in the field of science and technology.   full story

Young Scientists Profile: Conversation with Ertugrul Cubukcu

I came to the US in 2003 as a graduate student after receiving MS and BS degrees in Physics from Bilkent University. I joined the research group of Federico Capasso at Harvard University for my graduate research. I received my PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard in 2008. After a brief period as a postdoctoral researcher in the mechanical engineering department at the University of California, Berkeley, I joined University of Pennsylvania in 2011 as an assistant professor of material science and engineering.   full story

TASSA Condemns Police Brutality

The TASSA Board of Directors and Executive Committee members have been following the recent tragic events developing at Taksim Square with great concern. Watching police brutality over young bodies, hearing frustrations of young men and women, and seeing bodies flown around by water cannons tear our hearts from thousands of miles away.   full story


We are excited to announce that TASSA's 1st Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) symposium will take place in Robert H. Smith School of Business, Van Munching Hall, University of Maryland, College Park in Fall, 2013.   full story

From The President:Spring 2013

Dear Friends of TASSA, I am sure everyone is looking forward to summer plans as the 2012-2013 academic year winds down. At TASSA we are looking forward to our inaugural symposium to be held during Fall 2013, which will showcase the power of Turkish women scholars and scientists. We have assembled an impressive group of people who volunteered to be on the program committee. You can find more information on TASSA-WISE (women in science and engineering) in this issue of The Bridge. I am sure this symposium will prove to be another successful gathering of TASSA friends.   full story

TASSA participates USA-TR Joint Science and Technology Committee Meeting

On April 3-4th, the United States and Turkey held their first high-level science and technology cooperation meeting in Ankara, Turkey. As a result of outstanding efforts led by delegates from both countries, the meeting was very successful in defining the ways to build up bridges to advance science, technology and education objectives under the 2010 U.S.-Turkey Science and Technology Agreement.   full story

Turkish scientist takes part in an award winning project to make electrical service in New York City more reliable

A team of applied mathematicians and computer scientists, of which Dr. Seyda Ertekin joined at MIT in 2010, won the Innovative Applications in Analytics Award from the INFORMS organization for the project, “Analytics for Power Grid Distribution Reliability in New York City.” The project is directed from MIT and conducted in conjunction with researchers from MIT, Columbia University and Con Edison, NYC’s power company. The award was presented at the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research, held in San Antonio, Texas, April 7-9.   full story

A Chat with Dr. Feryal Ozel

I was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. I went to Uskudar American Academy, then a 6 through 12 grade school, where I learned English and was exposed to opportunities for studying abroad. With that guidance, I applied for college in the United States and received a degree in physics and applied mathematics from Columbia University. At that time, I was interested in particle physics and decided to do a one year master's program at Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, carrying out my research at CERN. I had deferred the PhD program at Harvard University, so at the end of that year, I came back to the US to continue graduate school in astrophysics.   full story

Crossing the Bridge –May 2013

As longstanding and close allies, Turkey and the US have signed a number of scientific cooperation agreements in the past. In this issue, we are sharing the most recent framework agreement at the governmental level via our article regarding to the “Turkey- US Science and Technology Cooperation Meeting”, which was held last month in Ankara, Turkey.   full story

TASSA met US Science Envoy

US Science Envoy Dr. Susan Hockfield met with Turkish American Scientist and Scholars Association (TASSA) representatives in Washington DC on Fri, April 26, before making her first official visit to Turkey on May 13-17. The meeting attendees were Dr. Susan Hockfield (US Science Envoy and President Emerita of MIT)...   full story

TASSA participated at the 33rd Annual ATAA conference

Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) successfully organized 33rd Annual Conference and 2013 Turkish American National Leadership Convention on April 25-27, 2013 in Washington DC. Conference program featured many high level talks on US-Turkish relations. TASSA participated at the conference and organized a panel titled ‘“The Scientific Bridge Between Turkey & the US: Past, Present, Future”. The panel featured Drs. Haluk Unal (University of Maryland), Murat Tarimcilar (George Washington University), Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan (University of Maryland) and Hasan Ayaz (Drexel University).   full story

Young Scientists Profile: Conversation with Utkan Demirci

I came to US as an undergraduate student and got my BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan, AnnArbor. My studies were supported by the Turkish Ministry of Education under a special scholarship given to students who have high rankings in the University Entrance Exams. I lead a productive research group of 30 researchers focusing on micro- and nano-scale technologies.   full story