Ekmel Ozbay - Biography#

Prof. Dr. Ekmel Ozbay was born 1966 in Ankara, Turkey. He received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey in 1983. He received his M.S. and Ph. D. degrees from Stanford University in electrical engineering, in 1989 and 1992. From 1992-1993, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Stanford University. His research in Stanford focused on high speed resonant tunneling and optoelectronic devices. Between 1993 and 1995, he worked as a scientist in DOE Ames National Laboratory in Iowa State University in the area of photonic band gap materials. He joined Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey) in 1995, where he is currently a full professor in Physics Department and also in Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

His research in Bilkent involves nanophotonics, nanometamaterials, nanoelectronics, nanoplasmonics, nanodevices, photonic crystals, GaN/AlGaN MOCVD growth, fabrication and characterization of GaN based devices, and high speed optoelectronics.

He is the 1997 recipient of the Adolph Lomb Medal of Optical Society of America and 2005 European Union Descartes Science Award. He is also the recipient of 1995 Parlar Foundation Young Scientist, 1996 Tugac Foundation Technology Development, 1997 TUBITAK Young Scientist, 1998 Sedat Simavi Foundation Science, 2006 TUBITAK Science Awards.

He worked as a topical editor of Optics Letters journal during 2002-2008. He became the editor of Photonics and Nanostructures journal in 2006. He became the associate editor of IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics in 2011. He has published 310 articles in SCI journals , and 320+ international conference proceedings. His papers have received more than 8700 citations with an h-index of 47. He holds 2 patents in the area of photonic crystals. He has given 105+ invited talks in international conferences. His review article on plasmonics appeared as an invited review article in Jan. 12th 2006 issue of Science Magazine.

He is currently working as a principal investigator, and executive committee member in 8 EU-FP projects. Besides the EU projects, he is the principal investigator of 10 national projects supported by various funding agencies. He has worked with various high-tech companies in USA, Europe and Turkey. He is acting as the national delegate for Turkey in the program committee of EU-NMP (nanotechnologies, manufacturing and processes) which is preparing the work programme for EU-FP8. He is also working as the national representative for the nanotechnology programs in EU-COST projects.
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