The "Gürsel Sönmez Awards" established in 2006 in memory of the late Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences member and valued scientist Gürsel Sönmez were given for the 12th time this year.
Awards in honor of the late Sabancı University Faculty Member Gürsel Sönmez, who passed away in 2006, were presented during the Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 22, 2018.
Four graduate students won the 2017- 2018 Dr. Gürsel Sönmez Research Awards for their extraordinary achievements:
- Ahmad Reza Motezakker, Mechatronic Engineering Graduate Program 2017- 2018 Spring Semester candidate.
- Behzad Sardari Ghojehbeiglou, Electronic Engineering PhD Program 2016- 2017 Spring Semester graduate.
- Çağatay Yılmaz, Materials Science and Engineering PhD Program 2017- 2018 Spring Semester candidate.
- Ebru Demir, Materials Science and Engineering PhD Program 2017- 2018 Spring Semester candidate.
The Dr. Gürsel Sönmez Award Committee set up every year by the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences received 164 submissions to date and handed 36 awards as a result of meticulous evaluation.
2017 - 2018 Dr. Gürsel Sönmez Research Awards Committee
Ayesha Asloob Qureshi
Murat Kaya Yapıcı
Selim Saffet Balcısoy
About Gürsel Sönmez and the Awards
Dr. Gürsel Sönmez joined the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences in September 2004. Shortly thereafter, on January 16, 2006, he was involved in a fatal traffic accident. His short academic career was nevertheless fruitful and significant, and he made great contributions to the sciences.
"Dr. Gürsel Sönmez Research Awards" were established by the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences to keep his legacy alive and remind students about his achievements to motivate them. The Award entails prizes for one or more graduate students based on their research efforts and achievements to date. Submissions are open to both master's and doctorate students. Graduates and candidates may only apply once. Candidates may nominate themselves or be nominated by a member of Sabancı University faculty.