Full Dean's Quote:
Istanbul is an urban laboratory to experiment and experience the engineering challenges of 21st century, so the dynamic faculty at Kadir Has University, located on the historic peninsula in the heart of the megacity, is in prime position to respond to these challenges.
What are the Degree Programs offered by Kadir Has University and what are some of the salient ongoing research projects?
Kadir Has Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences (Khas FENS) is in closer collaboration than ever with the other four faculties; Law, Art and Design, Economic Administrative and Social Sciences, and Communications. Khas FENS offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering, Management Information Systems, Bioinformatics and Genetics. The faculty takes advantage of the many synergies within, and reaches out to other disciplines with urban engineering, drug design, and information and communications technologies. Khas FENS is home to the first Center for Advanced Studies and Master of Science program in Urban Engineering. ICT Law, Technology and Society, Occupational Health and Safety, are headings led by FENS and shared by other faculties.
As a female dean in the engineering community, what are some unique challenges that you face? What are some advantages that you feel the perspective of female engineers can bring to the field?
As with every aspect of life, we need diversity in STEM, in education, research, and leadership in general. Looking at the engineering challenges we face today, and into the future, that female engineers or leaders are set apart in any way is absurd; we clearly need everyone to help tackle the growing problems of life on our planet.
Are there any international partnerships between Kadir Has University and other schools in Europe, Asia, and/or other regions of the world?
Istanbul is the center of the world to us. We have strategically chosen universities in the US, in Europe, in the Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions and activated fruitful partnerships. Internationalization is a must, where quality standards should be maintained globally but contributions, in terms of method and application areas, should be local. To this end, we have joint programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, İnformation Network and Computer Security, and Energy Systems Management in addition to research partnerships in Renewable Energies, Education Technologies, and ICT:
What are some of the cutting edge engineering education advancements at the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences during the last few years under your leadership? How have the FabLabs assisted students and research?
Housing the first FabLab in Turkey, Khas boasts ushering in the last digital revolution to the country. FabLab has not only been a natural tool for us to implement project based learning, but also allowed us to establish ties with middle and high school students. By definition, FabLabs are part of international FabLab network based on open access principles, which encourages collaborative design and innovation.
What are some of the overall challenges that your institution faces?
That engineering, in its fast evolution, is not well understood by children and teens and parents. We are ever burdened by having to explain potential career paths to prospective students, and struggling to present engineering careers as attractive and exciting as they truly are.
What are your top five priorities as a dean and where do you plan to take the Faculty of Engineering five years from now?
1- Merging engineering education with research and development.
2- Establishing Information and Communication Technologies as an enabler to all disciplines.
3- Harmonizing STEM education at every level, starting early in life.
4- Devising new research processes poised to produce solutions to existing or expected problems in an end-to-end, multidisciplinary fashion as opposed to producing solutions awaiting problems in siloes.
5- Speeding up the last digital revolution in digital manufacturing on its journey from local to personal manufacturing.
SIRIN TEKINAY, short biography
Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Founder, FabLab Istanbul
Director, Center for Advancd Studies in Urban Engineering
Director, Research Center of Technology and Society
Professor Sirin Tekinay is the Dean of Engineering and Natural Sciences at Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey. After a twenty year career in the USA, she returned to her home country to serve as the founding Vice Rector for Research at Ozyegin University, Istanbul for three years. Previously, she was tenured faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology. In 2005, she joined the United States National Science Foundation as Program Director where she served as the founding chair of the 750 M USD program called “Cyber Enabled Discovery and Innovation,” in addition to managing her home program for Communications, and other multi-disciplinary and inter-agency programs. She holds the PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from George Mason University, Virginia, and MS and BS degrees in Electrical-Electronics Engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul. Prof. Tekinay holds nine patents and has authored numerous publications in her field. She has graduated six doctoral students. Her areas of interest include network science, mobile networks, sensor networks, and applications. At her current post, she has founded the first digital local fabrication laboratory in Turkey; “FabLab Istanbul.” She recently received a Shared University Research Award for her work on Urban Engineering research and education. She has established and continues to head up Center for Technology and Society.