Published on Monday June 27, 2011
Upon graduating with a Ph.D., many of our students look to find academic positions at universities. One recent alumna not only found an academic position, but also is helping to establish a brand new Materials Science and Engineering Department.
Dr. Goknur Cambaz Buke, a native of Turkey, returned to her home country after graduating with her Ph.D. in 2007 under the auspices of Professor Yury Gogotsi. She learned that Cankaya University in Ankara was growing-transitioning from a college to a university with an emphasis on research. Specifically, they were looking to expand their engineering faculty. Goknur was hired to be on a team of faculty to help develop the expanded engineering school. As such, she has been instrumental in founding four new departments: Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mecathronics Engineering, and Civil Engineering. The university is also completing a new campus and students will transition there later this year.
| "I also have always felt lucky to be a student of Professor Yury Gogotsi, who not only taught me how to be a teacher and a researcher, but showed me the importance of collaborations."
|-Goknur Cambaz Buke
As assistant professor of materials science and engineering, Goknur is one of only four faculty members in the fledgling department. She cites Drexel and her Ph.D. advisor as influences for her new role and for the development of the new programs.
"During the preparation of these new departments, we looked at many university programs and Drexel University was one of our models," says Goknur. "Drexel showed me that, to become a top-notch research university, you do not need to be the biggest, but you do need to have a good team and to use your resources in the most efficient way. I also have always felt lucky to be a student of Professor Yury Gogotsi, who not only taught me how to be a teacher and a researcher, but showed me the importance of collaborations."