I received my BS degree from Middle East Technical University in 1999, my MS degree from the University of Southern California in 2003, and finally my PhD degree from University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 2009, all in mechanical engineering. During my PhD, I worked as a research assistant for Prof. Christopher Niezrecki in the Structural Dynamics and Acoustic Systems Lab. My PhD thesis was on enhancement of very weak underwater acoustic signals with applications to marine mammals. Before getting my PhD, I studied business administration and received my MBA degree from Boğaziçi University. Since 2009, I am a faculty member with the Department of Mechatronics Engineering at Bahçeşehir University and I was appointed as department chair at the beginning of 2019. My work on acoustics at Bahçeşehir University has been mainly focused on particle velocity acoustics, array signal processing, and acoustic inverse problems. I am a Marie Curie fellow and I have served in the local scientific and organizing committees of the European Underwater Acoustics Conference-2010 held in İstanbul. I have actively engaged with the industry and has served as a consultant on several research and development projects by SME’s.
At the beginning of my tenure at Bahçeşehir University, I established the robotics program in the Department of Mechatronics Engineering. With the launch of the Stanford–BAU Robotics Lab in 2014, I was appointed as the director of this lab. I spent 6 months at Prof. Oussama Khatib’s Robotics Lab at Stanford University in 2014 as a visiting assistant professor. My current research interests are mainly focused on dynamics and control of robots, underwater robotics, and soft robots.