34 Notable alumni of
Middle East Technical University

Middle East Technical University is 960th in the world, 203rd in Asia, and 10th in Turkey by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 34 notable alumni from Middle East Technical University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Hamid Karzai

    Hamid Karzai
    Born in
    Afghanistan Flag Afghanistan
    Years
    1957-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Hamid Karzai is an Afghan politician who was the president of Afghanistan from 22 December 2001 to 29 September 2014. He is also the leader of the Popalzai Durrani tribe of Kandahar.

  2. Ali Babacan

    Ali Babacan
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1967-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomatengineer
    Biography

    Ali Babacan is a Turkish politician, economist and engineer. He served 13 years as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Economy of Turkey from 2002 to 2015. He was a member of the parliament and former Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey responsible for the Economy.

  3. Can Dündar

    Can Dündar
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1961-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    columnisttelevision presenterjournalistwriter
    Biography

    Can Dündar is a Turkish journalist, columnist and documentarian. Editor-in-chief of center-left Cumhuriyet newspaper until August 2016, he was arrested in November 2015 after his newspaper published footage showing the State Intelligence MİT sending weapons to Syrian Islamist fighters.

  4. Mustafa Akıncı

    Mustafa Akıncı
    Born in
    Cyprus Flag Cyprus
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    politicianarchitect
    Biography

    Mustafa Akıncı is a Turkish Cypriot politician who was the President of Northern Cyprus from April 2015 until October 2020.

  5. Şebnem Ferah

    Şebnem Ferah
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1972-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    singercomposersongwritermusician
    Biography

    Şebnem Ferah is a Turkish singer, songwriter, composer, and guitarist. She was the lead vocalist of the all-female hard rock band Volvox until 1994, after which she went on to pursue an illustrious solo career. Her music style varies from pop rock to hard rock though her later albums have progressively incorporated more of the hard rock sound.

  6. Selin Sayek Böke

    Selin Sayek Böke
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1972-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    economistpoliticianacademic
    Biography

    Selin Sayek Böke is a Turkish politician, member of the Republican People's Party (CHP), who has served as a Member of Parliament for İzmir's second electoral district since 7 June 2015. She was first elected at the June 2015 general election. She currently serves as the deputy leader of the CHP responsible for economic policies. Born in the United States, she worked in economics, notably as a lecturer and assistant professor at American universities, before moving to Turkey, the country of her parents.

  7. Ahmet Altan

    Ahmet Altan
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1950-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    authorjournalistwriter
    Biography

    Ahmet Hüsrev Altan is a Turkish journalist and author. A working journalist for more than twenty years, he has served in all stages of the profession, from being a night shift reporter to editor in chief in various newspapers.

  8. Fikri Işık

    Fikri Işık
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1965-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    politicianteacher
    Biography

    Fikri Işık MP is a Turkish politician who has been the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey since 19 July 2017. Previously, he served as Minister of Science, Industry and Technology from 2013 to 2016 and Minister of National Defense from 2016 to 2017. He is a Member of Parliament representing the Kocaeli Province on behalf of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), since 2007. Before politics, Işık was an educator.

  9. Nabi Avcı

    Nabi Avcı
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1953-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Nabi Avcı is a Turkish academic, writer and politician who was formerly chief advisor to the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

  10. Öztürk Yılmaz

    Öztürk Yılmaz
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1969-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    diplomatpolitician
    Biography

    Öztürk Yılmaz is a Turkish former diplomat and politician. Having served as the Turkish embassy secretary to Kyrgyzstan and Brazil, he was appointed as the Consul General of Turkey to Mosul in 2013. He was taken hostage in June 2014 and held for 101 days along with 48 other diplomats after Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants took over the city, being released under undisclosed circumstances by the Turkish National Intelligence Organisation (MİT) on 20 September 2014. He was elected as a Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Ardahan from the Republican People's Party (CHP) in November 2015 general election. In 2018, Yılmaz became an independent. In 2020, Yılmaz founded the Innovation Party.

  11. Mehmet Ali Talat

    Mehmet Ali Talat
    Born in
    Cyprus Flag Cyprus
    Years
    1952-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Mehmet Ali Talat is a Turkish Cypriot politician who served as the President of Northern Cyprus from 2005 to 2010. Talat is the leader of the social democratic Republican Turkish Party (Turkish: Cumhuriyetçi Türk Partisi, CTP), having previously held this position between 1996 and 2005. He became prime minister in 2004, and subsequently won the presidential election held on 17 April 2005. Talat was inaugurated on 25 April 2005, succeeding retiring leader Rauf Denktaş. He lost the presidential election of 2010 and was replaced by Derviş Eroğlu as President.

  12. Taner Akçam

    Taner Akçam
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1953-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    historiansociologisthuman rights activistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Altuğ Taner Akçam is a Turkish-German historian and sociologist. During the 1990s, he was the first Turkish scholar to acknowledge the Armenian genocide, and has written several books on the genocide, such as A Shameful Act (1999), From Empire to Republic: Turkish Nationalism and the Armenian Genocide (2004), The Young Turks' Crime Against Humanity (2012), and Killing Orders (2018). He is recognized as a "leading international authority" on the subject. Akçam's frequent participation in public debates on the legacy of the genocide have been compared to Theodor Adorno's role in postwar Germany.

  13. Cevdet Yılmaz

    Cevdet Yılmaz
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1967-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Cevdet Yılmaz is a Turkish politician who served as a Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey in the interim election government formed by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu from 28 August to 17 November 2015. He previously served as the Minister of Development from 2011 to 2015 and again from 2015 to 2016.

  14. Emin Çölaşan

    Emin Çölaşan
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1942-.. (age 80)
    Occupations
    journalistauthorwriter
    Biography

    Emin Çölaşan is a Turkish investigative journalist, whose daily column appeared in the mass-circulation newspaper, Istanbul-based Hürriyet, for 22 years, from 1985 to 2007,. Since 2007, he continues his column in Sözcü.

  15. Erdem Başçı

    Erdem Başçı
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1966-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    economistengineer
    Biography

    Erdem Başçı is a Turkish economist and the former Governor of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey since April 2011.

  16. Mustafa Varank

    Mustafa Varank
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1976-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Mustafa Varank is currently the Minister of Industry and Technology in the Republic of Turkey.

  17. Suat Günsel

    Suat Günsel
    Born in
    Cyprus Flag Cyprus
    Years
    1952-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    entrepreneur
    Biography

    Suat İrfan Günsel is a Turkish Cypriot property developer, businessman and founder and 100% owner of Cyprus's private Near East University. In 2011, Forbes ranked him as the second richest person in Cyprus and the 1,140th richest person in the world with a net worth of $1 billion.

  18. Bülent Yıldırım

    Bülent Yıldırım
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1972-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    association football refereeassociation football player
    Biography

    Bülent Yıldırım is a Turkish football referee.

  19. Haydar Ergülen

    Haydar Ergülen
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    authorpoet
    Biography

    Haydar Ergülen is a Turkish poet. Born on 14 October 1956, in Eskişehir, Turkey, he graduated from the Sociology Department at Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi in Ankara.

  20. Abdullah Atalar

    Abdullah Atalar
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    engineer
    Biography

    Abdullah Atalar is a Turkish scientist and academic. Atalar is the Rector of İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University, and a professor at Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He received B.S. degree from Middle East Technical University, in 1974, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in 1976 and 1978, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering. His thesis work was on reflection acoustic microscopy.

  21. Süreyya Ciliv

    Süreyya Ciliv
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1958-.. (age 64)
    Occupations
    entrepreneurbusinessperson
    Biography

    Sureyya Ciliv is a business executive who is currently Chairman of System Capital, System Morgan and Kuika Inc. Between 2007 - 2015, Ciliv was the Chief Executive Officer of Turkcell Group - the leading technology and communications company in Turkey, a NYSE listed company with 72 million subscribers in 8 countries. Previously, he held executive positions at Microsoft Corporation between 1997 - 2007. Sureyya Ciliv received the Global CEO of the Year Award at World Communication Awards in 2009.

  22. Muhammed Bozdağ

    Muhammed Bozdağ
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1967-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    scientistwriter
    Biography

    Muhammed Bozdağ is a Turkish writer who publishes primarily self-help literature based on a blend of Islamic and New Age concepts.

  23. Erol Gelenbe

    Erol Gelenbe
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1945-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    computer scientistengineer
    Biography

    Sami Erol Gelenbe is a Turkish born French computer scientist, electronic engineer and applied mathematician who is Professor in the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Informatics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (2017-), Honorary Professor University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Consultant to Huawei's Ireland Research Centre and affiliated with the I3S CNRS Laboratory of the University of Cote d'Azur (Nice). Previously he was a Chaired professor at University of Liege (1974-1979), University Paris-Sud (1979-1986), University Paris Descartes (1986-2005), Duke University (1993-1998), the University of Central Florida (1998-2003) and Dennis Gabor Professor at Imperial College (2003-2019). Known for pioneering the field of modelling and performance evaluation of computer systems and networks throughout Europe, he invented the random neural network and the eponymous G-networks. His awards include the Grand Prix France Telecom (1996) of the French Aademy of Sciences, ACM SIGMETRICS Life-Time Achievement Award, the Oliver Lodge Medal of the UK's Institution of Engineering and Technology (2010), the "In Memoriam Dennis Gabor Award" (2013) of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and the Mustafa Prize (2017).

  24. Murat Özçelik

    Murat Özçelik
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
    Biography

    Murat Özçelik is a Turkish politician, civil servant and diplomat from the Republican People's Party (CHP), who has served as a Member of Parliament for İstanbul's third electoral district since 7 June 2015. He served as the Deputy Leader of the CHP responsible for foreign relations between 3 November 2014 and 11 November 2015. He was part of the CHP delegation during coalition negotiations with the Justice and Development Party following the June 2015 general election. Before entering politics, Özçelik served as the Turkish Consul General at Shanghai from 1997 to 1998, as the Turkish Ambassador to Iraq from 2009 to 2011 and as the Undersecretary of Public Order and Security from 2011 to 2012.

  25. Ali Nihat Yazıcı

    Ali Nihat Yazıcı
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1964-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    engineerchess player
    Biography

    Ali Nihat Yazıcı is the head of Turkish Chess Federation.

  26. Güven Sak

    Güven Sak
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1961-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    economist
    Biography

    Güven Sak is a Turkish economist and academic.

  27. Halil Mete Soner

    Halil Mete Soner
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    mathematician
    Biography

    Halil Mete Soner is a Turkish American mathematician born in Ankara.

  28. Rita Orji

    Rita Orji
    Born in
    Nigeria Flag Nigeria
    Occupations
    computer scientist
    Biography

    Rita Orji is a Nigerian-Canadian Computer Science Professor, a Canada Research Chair in Persuasive Technology, and the Director of the Persuasive Computing Lab at Dalhousie University in Canada. Her work is in the area of human–computer interaction with a major focus on designing interactive systems to achieve various health and well being objectives. She has won over 50 awards and recognitions from both national and international organizations. She has addressed a United Nations panel about the status of women and at the Parliament of Canada.

  29. Pembe Candaner

    Pembe Candaner
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1957-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    Pembe Candaner is a Turkish businesswoman, human resources expert and consultant, author, speaker, columnist and host of her TV show. Candaner served as the CEO of major corporations such as Adecco SA Turkey and Kariyer.net. She is a member of TUSIAD (Turkish Industry and Business Association), the top business association of Turkey and Society for Human Resource Management. Additionally to her career in private sector, she authored 4 books, held a column in daily Sabah and currently has a column in CEO Life Magazine. She is a member of Board of Advisors of Forbes Magazine in Turkey and hosted her TV show at ‘Artı Bir TV’ about Woman Leaders and Entrepreneurs. Candaner was awarded as the Business Woman of the year 2003, by the Dunya Newspaper.

  30. Levent Gürel

    Levent Gürel
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1964-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    engineer
    Biography

    Levent Gürel is a Turkish scientist and electrical engineer. He was the Director of Computational Electromagnetics Research Center (BiLCEM) and a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the Bilkent University, Turkey until November 2014. Currently, he is serving as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also serving as the founder and CEO of ABAKUS Computing Technologies.

  31. Utku Ünal

    Utku Ünal
    Years
    1969-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    musician
    Biography

    Utku Ünal is a Turkish musician.

  32. Erdem Duhan Özensoy

    Erdem Duhan Özensoy
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1988-.. (age 34)
    Occupations
    engineermetallurgistbusinessperson
    Biography

    Erdem Duhan Özensoy is a Turkish businessman and industrialist. Born in Ankara as the only son of one of Dr.Erol Ozensoy, he attended high school at Ted Ankara College. Duhan then studied at the Middle East Technical University and received his B.Sc. in Metallurgy & Materials Engineering with honors degree. Duhan is known for his works in stealth technology and low observability materials for the defence industry. He is currently a board member of Kimetsan company.

  33. M. Tamer Özsu

    M. Tamer Özsu
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Enrolled in Middle East Technical University
    1970-1974 graduated with Bachelor of Science
    1975-1978 graduated with Master of Science
    Occupations
    researchercomputer scientist
    Biography

    M. Tamer Özsu is a Turkish Canadian computer scientist working in the area of distributed and parallel data management. He is a University Professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo.

  34. Mehrafza Mirzazad Barijugh

    Mehrafza Mirzazad Barijugh
    Born in
    Iran Flag Iran
    Years
    1985-.. (age 37)
    Occupations
    designer
    Biography

    Mehrafza Mirzazad Barijugh is an Iranian industrial designer, living in the United States. She completed her studies in industrial design in Turkey, at Middle East Technical University (METU). In 2010, she became the first female designer from either Iran or Turkey to be presented with the Red Dot Award: Design Concept Best of the Best prize for her ETU (Emergency Transporter Unit for Amputated Body Parts) design.