Dr. Akgiray received the B.S. degree at Cornell University in 2005, the M.S. degree at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007, and the Ph.D. degree at California Institute of Technology in April 2013, all in Electrical Engineering. Prior to his Ph.D., he worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an RF/microwave engineer on two spaceflight missions: the Mars Science Laboratory and the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP). In Fall of 2013, Dr. Akgiray returned to his native Turkey and joined the Electrical-Electronics Engineering Department at Ozyegin University as an Assistant Professor.
Dr. Akgiray’s research interests lie broadly in microwave circuit and systems, RF/microwave integrated circuits, electromagnetics, antennas and remote sensing. The primary application of interest is remote sensing using active (radar) and passive (radiometer) microwave systems on ground-based, airborne and space-borne platforms. He is currently pursuing projects on ultra-wideband, very-low-noise, cryogenic amplifiers and ultra-wideband antennas. Dr. Akgiray received two awards while at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is the author of a 2011 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Symposium Student Paper Competition Honorable Mention paper, a co-author on two journal articles with Prize Paper awards, and the author of an invited paper at the 2013 European Conference on Antennas and Propagation.