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  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, McMaster University, Canada, 2004
  • Ph.D. in Statistics, Middle East Technical University, 2003
  • M.S. in Statistics,  Middle East Technical University, 1999
  • B.Sc. in Statistics, Middle East Technical University, 1996


Academic and Professional Experience:

  • Professor, Dept. of Statistics, Middle East Technical University, 2015-Present
  • Visiting Professor, Dept. of Management, Boğaziçi University, 2016-2017
  • Assistant to the President, Middle East Technical University, 2012-2016
  • Associate Professor, Dept. of Statistics, Middle East Technical University, 2010-2015
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Statistics, Middle East Technical University, 2008-2010
  • Visiting Scientist, Dept. of Decision Sciences, George Washington University, 2008
  • Instructor, Dept. of Statistics, Middle East Technical University, 2004-2007
  • Lecturer, Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics, McMaster University, 2004
  • Research  Assistant, Dept. of Statistics, Middle East Technical University, 1996-2003

Research Interests: 
  • Robust Statistics and Inference
  • Statistical Distributions and Their Applications
  • Goodness-of-Fit Tests, Outlier Detection
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Data Science
  • Reliability and Survival Models
  • Survey Design and Sampling
  • Environmental Statistics
  • Financial Statistics
  • Quality Control
  • Circular Statistics
  • Sports Statistics 

Teaching Interests:

  • Statistical Theory
  • Reliability
  • Generalized Linear Models
  • Stochastic Processes
  • Multivariate Statistics


Selected Publications: 
  • Goodness-of-fit tests based on Kullback-Leibler information, IEEE Transactions in Reliability, Vol. 53 (3), pp. 357-361, 2004 (with B. Şenoğlu).
  • Goodness-of-fit tests for multivariate distributions, Communications in Statistics–Theory and Methods, Vol. 35, 1319-1331, 2006.
  • A power comparison and simulation study of goodness-of-fit tests, Computers and Mathematics with Applications, Vol. 56, 1617-1625, 2008.
  • Monitoring reliability for a three-parameter Weibull distribution, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 94, 503-508, 2009 (with H. S. Sazak).
  • MMLEs are as good as M-estimators or better, Statistics and Probability Letters, 79, 984-989, 2009 (with M. L. Tiku).
  • Ranked Set Sampling, Methods and Applications of Statistics in the Atmospheric and Earth Sciences, John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2012 (with G. P. Patil, G.D. Johnson and D. Egemen).
  • Graphical Methods for Reliability Data, Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science, John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2013 (with H. S. Sazak).
  • Ranked Set Sampling, Encyclopedia of Environmetrics, John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2013 (with G. P. Patil and D. Egemen)
  • Testing for Censored Bivariate Distributions with Applications to Environmental Data, Environmental and Ecological Statistics, 22(4), 637-649, 2015.

Scholarships, Awards and Honors:

  • Academic Performance Award, METU, 2010
  • Doçent Title, Higher Education Council of Turkey, 2010
  • Young Investigator Award, METU Development Foundation, 2009
  • NATO Science Fellowship Grant, The Scienti c and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), April 2003
  • Certi cate for being the first among all bachelor students graduated from the Department of Statistics, METU, June 1996