Summer Events 2023





On Monday, July 10, at 08:30, PURE Orientation event will take place at Sabancı University Tuzla Campus.


Participation in the orientation is mandatory and will take place face to face.


On the morning of July 10, free breakfast will be provided to our students. The orientation flow is below:


Date: Monday, July 10

Time: 08:30 - 12:30

Location: Sabancı University, Tuzla Campus, University Center, Cinema Hall, Akbank Front

Registration: 08:45

Breakfast: Students who complete their registration can go to the cafeteria and get their breakfast plate.

Presentation: 10:00, University Center Cinema Hall



The campus tour will take place immediately after orientation. Relevant instructions will be given after orientation.

Universities worldwide typically expect faculty members, and increasingly their advanced students, to publish their research and develop a publication record.  But why do we publish?  In what forms and contexts do we publish?  What is different about writing for publication genres?  What does the publication process look like?  In addition to discussing these preliminary questions, this seminar will highlight considerations and habits that can enable publishing success.  Journal article sections will also serve as examples to demonstrate how we can develop our genre knowledge to produce our own manuscripts for publication.
An educator for 23 years, Daniel Calvey has been teaching Sabancı University graduate students how to publish their research since 2015 in courses like Scientific & Technical Communication and Academic Writing for Graduate Students.  In his work, he relies on trailblazing revelations on these topics from the field of applied linguistics with an eye to the needs of non-native users of English, incorporating peer response as a key component of learning and developing writing skill.  Daniel earned his J.D. from the University of San Francisco in 1995 and B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1990.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia. It is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder marked by a decline in cognitive functioning with no treatment. Interest has been overgrown in retinal optical coherence tomography (OCT), a promising tool for early AD diagnosis. This tool is more accessible, non-invasive, and cost-effective than alternative neuroimaging tools.OCT generates high-dimensional, multimodal imaging data. It is time-consuming and challenging to interpret and classify. Therefore, the integration of computer-aided machine learning approaches is required to aid reading and classifying. Machine learning explainability methods can help to highlight relevant patterns and even discover new ones.

In this study, we plan to investigate two main research questions: 1) Can we devise an artificial neural network-based algorithm to differentiate between an OCT scan of an Alzheimer’s patient with or Mild Cognitive Impairment and an OCT scan of a healthy (not Alzheimer’s and not MCI) person? 2) Given that we devise a method to answer the first question, the second question is whether the regions/appearances associated with Alzheimer’s disease by the algorithm are relevant from Ophthalmologist’s perspective.

Keywords: Alzheimer’s Disease, Optical Coherence Tomography, OCT, Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography, OCTA, Deep Learning.




Yasemin Türkan received her BSc. and MSc. Degrees from Bilkent University Computer Engineering and Information Sciences Department in 1992 and 1995, respectively. My MSc. thesis was on “Global Memory Management in Client-Server Systems.” After working at various companies as a software engineer, network administrator, and management, she returned to the academy and started her Ph.D. study at Isık University, Computer Engineering Department. Her Ph.D. thesis is on deep learning-based analysis of retinal optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans for detecting Alzheimer’s disease. Türkan is also currently working as a Part-Time instructor at Sabancı University.

Plastic waste is a growing environmental and climate concern that threatens the ecosystem and leads to soil and water contamination. Although plastic recycling provides several benefits, the recycled plastics do not have the same performance as virgin plastic composites. Instead of traditional recycling processes, it is possible to produce high value-added carbon nanomaterials by using a rich hydrocarbon source in plastics and rubbery materials which are also primary source for graphene. At this point, upcycling is a significant concept to bring an end to the life cycle of materials and open various new application routes for nanomaterial production. The present work provides an insight into the importance of green synthesis methods in graphene nanomaterials synthesis by combining recycling and upcycling technologies. It is observed that different plastic wastes based on their aromaticity and alifaticity can lead to the formation of different dimensional graphene structures such as 2D sheets and 3D spheres. The produced graphene materials are used for the design of lightweight composite structures for automotive and plastic industry by reducing adverse environmental impacts and adopting energy-efficient manufacturing technologies. In addition, a scalable technology is developed to produce graphene nanoplatelets (GNP) from recycled carbon black obtained from the pyrolysis of waste tire by using recycling and upcycling technology. These graphenes produced from waste sources are comparably cheaper and eco-friendly than available ones produced from graphite flakes and thus can carry significant potential to be used as co-reinforcing agent together with primary reinforcements in thermoplastic composites. With this developed technology, a pilot production line with the capacity of 1 ton/month in Nanografen Co (start-up of Sabancı University) was established to initiate the industrialization of graphene in thermoplastic market. Nanografen becomes an official supplier of Renault and they developed OEM certified masterbatch to reduce glass fiber and mineral amount in polypropylene based interior and exterior parts. Consequently, this multidisciplinary work ensures significant innovation potential of graphene in the field of thermoplastic-based composites and overcomes the needs by addressing greenhouse gas emissions with sustainable designs.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Burcu Saner Okan received BS degree in Chemistry at Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey in 2005. Dr. Saner Okan received MS degree in 2007 and PhD degree in 2011 in Materials Science and Engineering programme at Sabanci University. Dr. Saner Okan is an academic director of Sabancı University Integrated Manufacturing Technologies Research and Application Center since March 2022, and also a research and application-oriented faculty member at Materials Science and Nanoenginnering and Manufacturing technologies at Sabanci University since 2017. In addition, Dr. Saner Okan is co-founder of NANOGRAFEN Nano Technological Products Company. Dr. Saner Okan develops cost-effective and lightweight automotive composites parts reinforced by waste tire-derived Graphene NanoPlatelet with part producers and leading OEM partners. Nanografen is in the supplier list of Renault Global to use as a reinforcement in thermoplastics. Dr. Saner Okan has an expertise in graphene, polymer nanocomposites, compounding, surface chemistry and electrospinning, recycling and upcycling, circular economy. She has more than 40 articles published in international journals, 7 book chapters, 2 patents and more than 50 conference papers in these fields. 

Research ideas, progress and results are often communicated during various stages of a project, in distinct formats and to a variety of audience. In this seminar we will cover the following points briefly. 


How to: 

Organize and communicate ideas effectively in oral presentations to small and large groups

Prepare concise and logically written material at all levels — brief abstract to long manuscripts

Explain complex or difficult concepts in universally understandable terms 

Participate in research group discussions




RAHA AKHAVAN-TABATABAEI is professor of Operations Management & Business Analytics at Sabanci Business School. Prior to this role, she has held positions of associate professor of Operations Research and founding director of Masters in Analytics at Universidad de los Andes (Bogota, Colombia) and senior industrial engineer at Intel Corporation (AZ, USA). She has received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University, and her B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Sharif University  of Technology (Tehran, Iran). 


Her research is focused on stochastic modeling and data-driven decision making with applications in healthcare, humanitarian logistics, rural supply chains, revenue management and reliability theory. Her work is published in prominent journals such as Medical Decision Making, Transportation Science, European Journal of Operational Research and Transportation Research (C). 


She is also an accomplished open water swimmer and the first Iranian woman to swim the Gibraltar Strait (Spain to Morocco - 2022) and the Catalina Channel (Southern CA, USA - 2021). 

Each project group has to deliver one short presentation (10 minutes) at 15-16 August 2023 to a large audience including peer students and faculty members during which they will take questions and comments. This is your chance to learn strengths, weaknesses and new opportunities to make your research better. (Presentations will be held face to face. Further information will be shared along.)
Presentation Guideline

  1. The structure of your PowerPoint presentation


  • Introduction/Overview (1 slide)
  • Theoretical Framework/Research Question/Hypothesis (1 slide)
  • Methodology/Case (1 slide)
  • Background/Literature Review (1 slide)
  • Discussion of Data/Results/Findings/Analysis (5-6 slides)
  • Conclusion (1 slide)


  1. Tips

Tip 1 Do not forget that the images are powerful. Images are helpful for memorize and learning. Use this on behalf of your advantage by finding and using images that help you make your point. Also, you can create your own image too. For ex: You can indicates several key words and visualize these words by regarding your own research. It is a good idea to find a picture that describes the aim of your research.  
Tip 2 During your presentation, please note that audiences desire to listen about your research, not to hear a summary of old work.
Tip 3 You should always practice your presentation in full before you deliver it to the other people.
Tip 4 Time Limit! If you have ten minutes to present, prepare ten minutes of material. No more. Time management is necessary during your presentation.
Tip 5 Do not read the presentations!
Tip 6 Q&A must be a part of your presentation.

  1. Citations

Citations in a slide should appear credible in APA or MLA format at the bottom of the slide or directly after the information. References at the end of a slide are not necessary unless specified by the advisor.

  1. Formatting

Font size should be 28-point, Times New Roman or Calibri; Line spacing must be double or 1, 5 space. The font size of the headings should be 44-point Times New Roman or Calibri Light.

The workshop's objectives are to find out the common symptoms and causes of stress and to suggest cognitive/behavioral stress management strategies used by students for coping with stress.
Pınar Turker graduated from the Sociology Department of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and then started pursuing a master’s degree in Applied Psychology. She’s been working as a student counselor at Sabanci University since 2015. She specializes in Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Family Therapy, and Mindfulness.