Management Information Systems (Turkish Program)

Academic Staff


Assoc. Prof. Hakan EREN (Department Head)

Hakan EREN, who graduated from the System Engineering undergraduate program, completed his master's and doctoral studies in Technology Management. In 2011, he received Operations Research and System Analysis training at the US Army Logistics University. During his public service between 1995-2021, he carried out tasks in the field of R&D and defense project management, research methods and multivariate statistical analysis, providing decision support and strategic planning. Between 2018-2021, he gave lectures (Defense Technologies and Innovation Management, Management and Organization, Cyber Warfare and Information Security, Research Methods, etc.) at Gendarmerie and Coast Guard Academy, Turkish Military Academy and Yıldırım Beyazıt University. Associate Professor Hakan EREN continues to carry out academic studies in the fields of Technology and Innovation Management, R&D Management, Strategic Planning and Entrepreneurship.

E-Mail: [email protected]


Assist. Prof. Esra KUMAŞ (Ph.D) (Turkish Program Head)

Esra Kumaş received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the Department of Industrial Engineering and her PhD degree from Gazi University, Department of Management Information Systems. She has worked as an independent external expert for the Ministry of Development, Ministry of Interior, Tübitak, Istanbul Development Agency and has been an evaluator for many projects. He is working on Industry 4.0, Digital Transformation and Maturity Models. He teaches Decision Support Analysis, Database Management, Business Intelligence, Statistics, Data Analysis and Machine Learning. He is currently working as a Lecturer at OSTIM Technical University, Department of Management Information Systems.

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Assist. Prof. Melike Aktaş BOZKURT (Ph.D.) (English Program Head)

Dr Melike Aktaş Bozkurt graduated from Bilkent University, Department of International Relations in 1998. She completed her master's and doctorate degrees in Accounting and Finance at Başkent University. Between 1998 and 2010, she worked in the banking sector as a commercial portfolio manager. He has studies on international accounting and auditing standards, bank mergers and acquisitions, and market discipline in banking. He has been working as an accounting and finance manager in various private sector companies and provides investment and financial consultancy services for production enterprises. 

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Professor UfukTÜREN (Ph.D)

Dr. Ufuk Türen received his Bachelor's Degree in Systems Engineering from the Turkish Military Academy in 1995, completed Systems Engineering at Yeditepe University in 2000, Industrial Engineering Master's Program at Marmara University in 2002, and Engineering Management Doctorate Program at Marmara University in 2008.  He has given undergraduate and graduate courses at the Turkish Military Academy, Defense Sciences Institute, and various universities.

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Assist. Prof. Zehra FIRAT (Ph.D.)

Zehra Fırat graduated from Ankara University SBF Public Finance Department in 2004. She gained the SMMM title in 2008, and worked in Türk Telekom AŞ. between 2010-2012.  While she was the manager of a private enterprise of her own, she started her academic career by getting a master's degree in business administration at Gelişim University. She had the PhD degree from the same university in 2020  working on internal auditing. She has studies on issues such as measuring the performance of internal audit and raising awareness. She serves on various international congress committees science and advisory boards.

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Assist. Prof. Egehan ÖZKAN ALAKAŞ (Ph.D.)

Egehan ÖZKAN ALAKAŞ completed her undergraduate studies at Atılım University, Department of Business Administration, and her graduate and doctoral studies at Gazi University, Department of Business Administration, Department of Health Management. She held many administrative positions, including Head of Student Affairs Department, Director of Continuing Education and Research Center. She gave lectures in the fields of E-commerce, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Entrepreneurship. Strategic anagement, health Management, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Culture are among her fields of study. She started her academic life as a lecturer in 2018. She continues as a lecturer.

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Assist. Prof. Mustafa DEĞERLİ (Ph.D.)

Dr. Mustafa Değerli is a seasoned expert in various fields. He holds two Ph.D. degrees and received the best Ph.D. thesis award from the Middle East Technical University. Dr. Değerli teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses. He has experience in project management and program management within systems engineering organizations. Dr. Değerli is a certified PMI-PMP, PMI-RMP, PSM, ITIL, CMMI Associate, and Lead Auditor. His expertise spans project management, program management, business process and performance improvement, systems engineering, software engineering, management and organization, management information systems, quality management, risk management, strategic planning, health/medical informatics, and technology, innovation, and research management. Additionally, Mustafa enjoys classical and acoustic music, theatre, opera, and ballet.

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Research Assistant Ali UÇUCU

In 2019, he graduated from Bartın University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Management Information Systems. In 2020, he started his master's degree at Gazi University, Department of Management Information Systems. In 2022, he completed his master's thesis titled “Prediction of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on quality of life with artificial neural networks method: 2020 period” and started his PhD studies at Gazi University, Department of Management Information Systems. Research Assistant Ali Uçucu also continues to work as an Assistant Expert at the Entrepreneurship and Leadership Application and Research Center.

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Research Assistant Batuhan CİCİKLER

Batuhan Cicikler received his bachelor's degree from Ondokuz Mayıs University, Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology (CEIT) in 2020 and his master's degree from Ankara University, Department of CEIT with the study "A Structural Equation Model for Adults' Problem Solving Skills in Technology-rich Environments in Turkey". He is interested in technology determinism and techno-solutionism in the context of educational sciences and the causal relationship between technology and society.

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Research Assistant Serdar ÇELİK

Serdar Çelik obtained his B.Sc. from Atatürk University, Department of Industrial Engineering in 2015, Master of Industrial Engineering from Atatürk University in 2018, and pursuing Ph.D. in Operation Research at National Defence University, National Defence University, Alparslan Defence Sciences Institute, since 2022.

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Adjunct Faculty






Assoc. Prof. Rıza BAYRAK (Ph.D.) 

Rıza Bayrak graduated from the System Engineering Programme. Then, he received his M.Sc. degree in Human Resource Management, and his Ph.D. in Economics. He conducted many important defense industry projects as a Project Manager Professional throughout his public service career. Additionally, he worked as a Human Resource Manager and Project Manager ofTraining and Education Department in NATO Mission of Resolution Support TAAC-C/Afghanistan. He lectured Micro-economics, Macro-economics, Introduction to Economics, and Turkey’s Economy at National Defense University between 2017-2018. Moreover, he studied "Economics of Terrorism" as a research assistant in NATO COE-DAT in 2019. Rıza Bayrak has published many articles in Employment/Youth Unemployment, Growth, Development, and Defense Economics. He has been also specialized in the efficiency and productivity of various sectors that produce commodities and services.

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Assist. Prof. Hakan TARTAN (Ph.D.)

He was born in 1961 in Ankara. He graduated from Tevfik Fikret High School, then graduated from 9 Eylül University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. He completed his master's and doctorate at the same University. He worked as a reporter, manager and columnist in Milliyet, Sabah and Hürriyet Newspapers for many years. He served as the Minister of Labor and Social Security in the 56th Republic government. He served as a senior manager in large companies and as an academician at various universities. In the 2009 local elections, he was elected as the Mayor of Konak District in the center of İzmir. He still continues to work in the fields of social policy.

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Assist. Prof. Mine Berra DOGANER (Ph.D.)

Berra Doğaner received her BA from Marmara University, Department of Business Administration and her MBA and MA from Ankara University Department of Business Administration and Finance. Doğaner started her 35-year capital market career at the Capital Markets Board of Turkey and served there for 8 years. Subsequently, she transferred to the private sector and held senior positions as General Manager and Member of The Board of Directors in the leading investment institutions of the sector. Between 2005 & 2018 she served as General Manager and Member of The Board in Turkish Investment. The Group does business in Turkey, Northern Cyprus and England. Currently, she is an independent board member of Peker Real Estate Investment Trust, a company that has real estate investments in Turkey, England and Germany; and Piramit Securities Incorporated, and she is also a member of the Economic Advisory Board of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce.

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Assist. Prof. Ozan GÜLHAN (Ph.D)

Ozan GÜLHAN, Ph.D. is a Faculty Member of OSTİM Technical University, Management Information Systems Department. He took part in the management and organization of various projects carried out by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank on behalf of government. He has been part of various committees related to regulation of the financial sector within the scope of international standards and practices, and he has also worked as a senior manager in national and international financial institutions. After his academic studies abroad with a scholarship, he has given lectures and seminars in the area of finance and banking designed for public and private officials. He has many national and international academic studies on international auditing and accounting standards, banking, risk management, European Union, corporate governance, anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing.

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Assoc. Prof. Cemalettin Öcal FİDANBOY (Ph.D.)

Dr. C. Öcal Fidanboy received his B.Sc. Degree from Chemical Engineering Department of Ankara University, his first MSc. degree from Chemical Engineering Department of  Hacettepe University and his second MSc. degree from Computer Engineering Department of Çankaya University. He completed his Ph.D. education in the field of Management Organization at Başkent University.  With more than 20 years of experience in the IT sector, Dr. Fidanboy has worked as a manager, chief consultant and trainer in the establishment and certification processes of the management systems of many institutions and organizations operating in IT and defense sectors throughout his professional career life. He worked as a Software Quality Manager (Senior Researcher) in many important IT/defense projects and national/international management system certification projects carried out at TÜBİTAK - BİLGEM between 2002 and 2012. During the next two years, he was the management consultant of software management system establishment projects and other international certification projects at Türk Telekom Technology Directorate. He has many articles and papers on different topics such as management/strategy development, organizational behavior, quality management and R&D Management in IT industry. He has given lectures at Başkent, Çankaya and TED Universities as a part-time lecturer.

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Assist. Prof. Önder HALISDEMIR (Ph.D.)

He holds a master's degree in Capital Markets and a doctorate in Banking from Marmara University. He attended various educational programs at Wharton School and New York University. Halisdemir, who grew up as an apprentice in the Sultanhamam and Grand Bazaar markets, which is called as a commercial and life school, became the general manager in a bank in the 12th year of his professional career, which he started in 1995. Halisdemir, which has constituted the first digital bank and the largest investment bank in our country, has accomplished many international innovations, has received awards and has led the transformation in many fields throughout its career. Halisdemir is the Chairman of the Board of the Directors of Foundation of Turkey Finance Managers which is most established nonprofit of the financial sector.

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Dr. Selami KOÇAL (Ph.D.)

Selami Koçal has received his undergraduate degree in Systems Engineering from Turkish Military Academy in 2002, his Master’s degree in Department of Management and Organization from Yıldırım Beyazıt University in 2018 and his Doctorate degree in Department of Management and Organization from Yıldırım Beyazıt University in 2022. He also worked as a human resources manager at the Gendarmerie General Command of the Ministry of Interior for many years.

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    Assist. Prof. Tacettin Sercan PEKİN (Ph.D.)

Dr. Pekin was born in Ankara in 1985. After graduating from Bilkent University Computer Engineering in 2007, he completed his master's degree at the same department in 2010. In addition, he obtained another BS degree from Anadolu University Faculty of Business Administration in 2013. Finally, he completed his Ph.D. studies in the Department of Information Systems at Middle East Technical University in 2017. Since 2006, he has been working as a software developer. Over time, he worked as a technical leader, designer, technical manager, and finally, he established his own software company with his entrepreneurial identity. In addition to his engineering career, he has also worked in the academic field since 2007, and besides being a full-time assistant at Bilkent University, he worked as a visiting lecturer at Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Computer Engineering and Management Information Systems departments, and Gazi University Industrial Engineering Department. He currently is affiliated at Ostim Teknik University Management Information Systems Department. Dr. Pekin's areas of study and expertise include Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Games, Virtual-Augmented Reality and Mobile Application Development.

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