Prof. Dr. Mehmet Çelik, Vice President at ASELSAN, Joins Presidency as Committee Member

7 Aralık 2018
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Alper ÇALIK /

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Çelik, Vice President of Technology and Strategy at ASELSAN, has been appointed as a member of the Science, Technology and Innovative Technology Policies Committee of the Presidency. The new appointments made by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to the Presidency’s Policy Committees, pursuant to the Presidential Decree number 2018/196, were published in the Official Gazette’s issue number 30560, dated October 9.

Born in 1965, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Çelik graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Middle East Technical University (METU) in 1989, later obtaining his master’s degree in 1991 and his doctorate degree in 1997 from the same department. He worked as a research associate between 1989 and 1997 in METU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, and between 1995 and 1996, attended Ohio State University in the United States as a visiting researcher.

Assigned as Senior Lead Design Engineer and Manager of the Mechanical Analysis and Test Unit at ASELSAN’s Vice Presidency of Radar and Electronic Warfare Systems between 1998 and 2010, Prof. Dr. Çelik was awarded the title of associate professor in mechanical engineering in 2003. Between 2003 and 2013 he served as a board member on the Applied Vehicle Technology and the Sensors and Electronics Technology working groups within the scope of NATO-RTO.

In 2010, Prof. Dr. Çelik was appointed professor at KTO Karatay University, holding office in this institution as the Head of the Mechatronic and Mechanical Engineering Department, the Chair of the Bologna Coordination Commission, Vice Dean and Deputy Director of the Institute of Science. Furthermore, within the context of the KOSGEB Research, Development, Innovation and Industrial Application Support Programme, he has assumed the position of Project Evaluation Committee Member, and as Academic Member of the Jury while also contributing as a peer-reviewer in projects and congresses of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK).

Working as a Training and Technical Advisor and Project Technical Manager in ASELSAN’s Vice Presidency of Microelectronics, Guidance and Electro-Optics between 2012 and 2015, Prof. Dr. Çelik was also assigned as an Executive Board Member at TÜBİTAK-TEYDEB’s Transportation, Defence, Energy and Textile Technologies Group (USETEG) between 2013 and 2015. Between April and June 2015, he was the Vice President of TÜBİTAK, and between 2015 and 2017 he assumed various offices as a Member and Vice Chairman of the Science Board at TÜBİTAK, and as a Member of the Council of Higher Education’s (CoHE’s) Higher Education Quality Board. Prof. Dr. Çelik continues to serve as a faculty member in KTO Karatay University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and is a Full Member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA).

Having served as an Advisor to ASELSAN’s Board of Directors between February and April 2017, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Çelik has held the office of ASELSAN’s Vice President of Technology and Strategy since April 2017, in addition to his duties as Chairman of the Board of ASELSAN Academy and a Member at the Board of Defence Industry Technologies. He was appointed as a member of Turkey’s Council of Higher Education pursuant to a Presidential decree on July 15. Prof. Dr. Çelik speaks English fluently.

On behalf of MSI TDR, we wish Prof. Dr. Mehmet Çelik every success in his new assignment.

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