Abdullah Atalar was
born in Gaziantep, Turkey, in 1954. He received B.S. degree from Middle East Technical
University, in 1974, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford
University in 1976 and 1978, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering. His thesis
work was on reflection acoustic microscopy.
From 1978 to 1980 he was first a Post Doctoral Fellow and later an Engineering Research
Associate in Stanford University continuing his work on acoustic microscopy. For 8 months
he was with Hewlett Packard Labs, Palo
Alto, engaged in photoacoustics research. From 1980 to 1986 he was on the faculty of the Middle East Technical University as an Assistant
Professor. From 1982 to 1983 on leave from University, he was with Ernst Leitz Wetzlar, West Germany, where he was involved
in the development of the commercial acoustic microscope.
In 1986 he joined the Bilkent University as the chairman of the Electrical and Electronics
Engineering Department and served in the founding of the Department where he is now a
Professor. In 1995-1996 he was in the Ginzton Lab of Stanford
University on a sabbatical leave.He is presently the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs of Bilkent University.
He collaborates with a Stanford Research team
as a Visiting Professor of Electrical Engineering
Department of Stanford University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on
VLSI design and microwave electronics. His current research interests include
micromachined sensors and actuators and computer aided design in Electrical
Engineering. He is a senior member of IEEE.
He is married to Ayse, and father of three
boys: Sinan, Okan and Baran.