I am currently an assistant professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan Tech University. Michigan Tech is located around old copper mines on the beautiful Upper Penninsula of Michigan in the city of Houghton.
Before joining Tech, I was a postdoctoral research associate at Ames Laboratory, one of the U.S. Department of Energy's 10 Office of Science national research laboratories. The Lab is operated by Iowa State University for the DOE. I have been working under the supervision of Prof. Costas M. Soukoulis in the Metamaterials group. Our group was a part of the Division of Materials Science and Engineering. Sometimes we have been also called Condensed Matter Physics group!
I received my PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Applied Physics) from University of California, San Diego in 2007. San Diego is the hometown of metamaterials and is also considered as the wireless capital of the world. Before I came to this lovely place I received my MS degree in Electronics Engineering and Computer Science from Sabanci University, Turkey and BS in Physics from Bogazici (Bosphorus) University, Turkey.
As someone has said before "When I know what I am doing, it is applied physics; and when I don't it is pure." My main research emphasis is pure and applied science of light. I am interested in wherever light takes me. Sometimes I come across magical materials, become invisible, or even solve the hardest problems of mathematics.
Please visit my projects to see what I am up to in these days: metamaterials, photonic crystals, quantum computing and communications, relativistic quantum theory, phononic crystals, cryptography, biometrics, and microelectromechanical systems. Do not feel they are highly diverse. Actually, they are not, if you in particular notice that the study of light is a key ingredient in most of these projects. All right, in some projects (e.g., acoustic) light is only vaguely relevant but physics is more or less the same; and sometimes I might have gone too far into applications (e.g., biometrics). In that case physics a little bit lacks behind.