Yusuf Leblebici received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 1984 and 1986, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), IL, USA, in 1990. Between 1991 and 1999, he worked as a faculty member at UIUC, at Istanbul Technical University, and at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) where he established and directed the VLSI Design Laboratory. From 1999 to 2002, he also served as the Microelectronics Program Coordinator at Sabanci University.
Since 2002, he is a Chair Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and Director of the Microelectronic Systems Laboratory. His research interests include design of high-speed CMOS digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits, computer-aided design of VLSI systems, intelligent sensor interfaces, modeling and simulation of semiconductor devices, and VLSI reliability analysis. He is the co-author of seven books (including two internationally acclaimed textbooks), as well as more than 250 articles published in various journals and conferences.
Yusuf Leblebici has been the recipient of the prestigious Young Scientist Award of the Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council in 1995, and the “Joseph S. Satin Distinguished Fellow Award” in 1999. He was elected as an IEEE Fellow in 2009, and as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society for 2010–2011.
K. Ozgur Demirtas is a Chair Professor of Finance at the Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey. Professor Demirtas received his BS degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bogazici University in Istanbul. He received his Ph.D. in Finance degree from Boston College in 2003. In the same year, he was appointed as a tenure-track assistant professor at Baruch College, City University of New York. In 2003, he earned the best teaching award within the finance department; in 2004, he earned the best teaching award in the Business School; in 2005, he was elected as the best teacher within all departments and the schools of the University and received the Presidential Teaching Excellence Award. He published in prestigious academic journals (Journal of Monetary Economics, Management Science, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Journal of Business Economic and Statistics). He has more than 30 academic publications.
In 2007, he earned a tenured position in US. In 2010, he was listed within top 20 professors out of more than 1 million professors in US, UK, Canada and Scotland. More than 10 million student evaluations are used for the rankings.
In 2012, he joined Sabanci University as a chair professor of finance. As of 2014, in addition to his academic role, he is holding a founding chairman position of the Center of Excellence in Finance at Sabanci University.
Professor Demirtas, is also a founding board member of the first Financial Literacy Association of Turkey (FODER), and was a senior consultant of Young Businessmen Association of Turkey (TUGIAD), Association of Automotive Parts & Components Manufacturers (TAYSAD), Turkish Natural Catastrophe Insurance Pool (DASK), as well as several corporations. In a two year period between 2014 and 2015, he gave more than 70 Keynote Speeches to local and international corporations.
Associate Professor Atılgan received his BA in Management from Boğaziçi University in 2003, his MS in Finance from University of Rochester in 2005 and his PhD in Finance from City University of New York in 2010. In the same year, he joined Sabanci University School of Management as an Assistant Professor. In 2015, he earned the tittle of Associate professor.
Professor Atılgan’s research interests include determinants of equity returns, derivative markets, fixed-income instruments and asset pricing in emerging markets. His research has been published in prestigious academic journals such as Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking and Journal of Business & Economic Statistics among others. He has also co-authored a book on risks and returns of investing in hedge funds published by Academic Press (Elsevier).
Professor Atılgan teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on investments, portfolio theory, fixed-income analytics, financial management and corporate valuation. He is also a CFA charterholder.