Board of Directors and Team

Sabancı University Inovent Inc. Board and Management

Yusuf Leblebici

Prof. Dr. Yusuf Leblebici - Chairman of the Board

Yusuf Leblebici received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 1984 and 1986, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), IL, USA, in 1990. Between 1991 and 2000, 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.

In 2002, Yusuf Leblebici became a Chair Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and Director of the Microelectronic Systems Laboratory. In November 2018, he was appointed as President of Sabanci University. His research interests include the 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.


Mehmet Yıldız

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Yıldız - Vice Chairman of the Board

Professor Dr. Mehmet Yıldız is the Vice President for Research and Development at Sabancı University. Born in Diyarbakır in 1972, and received his primary, secondary and high school education in Ereğli/Zonguldak, Turkey, he completed his undergraduate education in 1996 with the first rank in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department at Yıldız Technical University and received his MSc. degree also from the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering department at Istanbul Technical University in 2000. Between 1996-2000, he worked in two different companies as an R&D engineer and a project manager in the fields of welding and non-destructive testing. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2005 from Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada in the fields of computational fluid dynamics and semiconductor single crystal growth and then worked as a research associate and lecturer in the same department until 2007.

In 2007, he joined Sabancı University, Faculty of Engineering Natural Sciences as a faculty member in Materials Science and Engineering Program and since 2013, he has been leading the effort of establishing Sabancı University-Integrated Manufacturing Technologies Research and Application Center and its industrial leg, Composite Technologies Center of Excellence with Kordsa. Currently, he is serving as the founding director of these centers, and a deputy Chairperson in the board of directors of Kordsa Company. He sits in the R&D advisory board of Kastamonu Entegre. He contributed to the establishment of the Manufacturing Engineering graduate program at Sabancı University.

Dr. Yıldız's areas of expertise include advanced composite materials, nanocomposites, structural health monitoring and computational mechanics. He published more than 85 SCI indexed high impact factor journals, 8 book chapters, prepared and presented over 135 conference papers and graduated more than 28 MSc. and Ph.D. students.

Selim Balcısoy

Prof. Dr. Selim Balcısoy - Board Member

Prof. Dr. Selim Balcisoy received his Ph.D. on Computer Science in 2001 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL). Between 2001 and 2004 he was Senior Research Engineer at Nokia Research Center Dallas. Prof. Dr. Balcisoy co-authored over 60 publications and has been granted with one U.S. patent. His research interests are visual analytics, augmented reality, data visualization, and cultural heritage. He is a Professor at Sabanci University, Istanbul since 2004 and co-founded VisioThink and Health Mobile Software.



Yusuf Menceloglu

Prof. Dr. Yusuf Z. Menceloğlu - Board Member

Yusuf Z. Menceloğlu is a faculty member at Sabancı University Materials Science and Nanoengineering program. Professor Menceloğlu completed his Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry at Karadeniz Technical University in 1983. He completed his Master's and Doctorate studies at Istanbul Technical University in Polymer Science in 1987 and 1991, respectively. He worked as a visiting scientist at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the University of North Carolina between 1988-1994 and served as a technical assistant general manager for six years before joining Sabancı University. Dr. Menceloğlu has been working in polymer science and technology since 1984 and nanoscience and nanotechnology since 1991. Dr. He is the author or co-author of Menceloğlu's articles on polymers and nanoscale materials in more than 100 refereed journals, as well as many book chapters, as well as among the 21 patents listed in the Derwent Innovations Index. Dr. Menceloğlu has several research experiences in polymers, composites and reactions/processes in liquid / supercritical carbon dioxide. Menceloğlu teaches polymeric materials, polymer science, and textile fibers. He is the founder and partner of technology-based startup companies.



Yaşar Gürbüz

Dr. Yaşar Gürbüz - Yönetim Kurulu Üyesi

Dr. Yasar Gurbuz was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1968. He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Erciyes University in 1990, an M.S. degree in 1993, and Ph. D. degree in 1997 in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University in the USA. He worked as a senior research associate at Vanderbilt between 1997 and 1999. From 1999 to 2000 he worked at Aselsan Inc. He joined Sabanci University as a faculty member in the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences in 2000. His research focuses on Microelectronic Systems and includes RF/Microwave Integrated Circuits/Systems, Analog- and Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits, MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS), and Solid-State Sensors and Actuators. He is a member of IEEE and SPIE.


Ömer İleri

Dr. Ömer İleri - Board Member
Dr. Ömer İleri received his BSc degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Boğaziçi University in 2001, and his MSc (2003) and PhD (2007) degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick. In 2011, he completed his MBA studies at Istanbul Bilgi University. He worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology between 2007-2009, and later in 2009-2011, he served as a Scientific Program Specialist and then as a Senior Researcher at TÜBİTAK. Between 2011-2014 he was the R&D Operations Manager of Avea. He then served as a Software Engineering Manager at Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (2014-2015), and then as a Product Manager at Mimosa Networks (2015-2017) – a bay area startup specializing in fixed wireless access technologies. Finally, before joining Sabancı University he has been with Amazon Luxembourg office in capacities of Senior Technical Product Manager and Senior Program Manager. Dr. Ileri has assumed duties at Sabancı University as the Director of Research and Graduate Policies as of September 2020.


Berna Beyhan

Doç. Dr. Beyna Beyhan - Board Member

Berna Beyhan teaches entrepreneurship courses at Sabancı University. Here you can find more detailed information about Berna Beyhan, Faculty Member of the Faculty of Management.




Bülent Bankacı

Bülent Bankacı - Sabancı Üniversitesi Inovent A.Ş. Genel Müdürü

He received his high school diploma at Robert College, B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at Boğaziçi University. After completing M.Sc. at Syracuse University NY, he worked for two years as a consultant for nuclear power plants at Nutech Inc. San Jose CA. He continued to work as an engineer for two more years at Tekser Inc in Istanbul. His sales and marketing career started after joining IBM Turkey in 1983, as an IT sales representative. He held various management positions and served as a board member at I-BIMSA. Between 1995-1999, he was the manager of IBM Global Services Institute in Brussels. He has ‘Advanced Certificate in Marketing Management’ certificate from Chartered Institute of Marketing of UK. He left IBM in 2005 after serving six years as Global Services Manager, to establish his own training and consulting company. Between 2007-2010, he was the founding Secretary-General of Özyeğin University. He is a collector of Ottoman bonds and postcards, enjoys traveling. He was appointed as the Secretary-General of Sakıp Sabancı Museum in October 2010. Bankacı is the General Manager of Inovent since August 2019.

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Sabancı University Inovent Inc. SUCOOL Team

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Başar KAYA, Business Development and Funding Director
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Sabancı University-Industry Collaborations and Licensing Office (İLO) Team

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