Ph.D. Brown University Computer Science Department, 2010

During my Ph.D. studies, I worked with Anna LysyanskayaRoberto TamassiaJohn Jannotti, and Yevgeniy Dodis on Cloud Security, Electronic Cash (e-cash), and its applications on fair exchange, contracts, and outsourcing. As a Brownie Points project member, I have also developed and supervised an e-cash crypto library, namely Cashlib. My research covers the intersection of Cryptography and Security, Game Theory and Mechanism Design, and Cloud Systems and Peer-to-Peer Networks.

M.Sc. Brown University Computer Science Department, 2007

My master’s project was with Uğur Çetintemel on Sensor Networks. The project focused on optimization issues which arise when multiple heterogeneous sensors are used in a multi-task, multi-user environment.

B.S. Bilkent University Computer Science Department, 2004

My senior project Kaşif was a geographic information systems (GIS) project developed under the supervision of Cevdet Aykanat. Our team (together with Deniz Akdur and Ferit Akova) won the Best Senior Project award with that project.


I visited Payman Mohassel at Yahoo Labs and Seny Kamara at Microsoft Research as a visiting scholar, during Summer 2015. I received Koç University Outgoing Visiting Scholar Award for this visit.

I visited Kristin Lauter‘s cryptography group at Microsoft Research as a visiting scholar, collaborating mainly with Seny Kamara and also with Melissa Chase, during Summer 2013.

I was a graduate research intern during Summer 2009 at Microsoft Research eXtreme Computing Group, as part of the Cryptography Incubation Group of Brian LaMacchia, under the supervision of Tolga Acar and Mira Belenkiy.

I did an internship during Summer 2007 at Cisco Systems, as part of the Internet Key Exchange Group, under the supervision of Scott Fanning and Paulina Tran.

We (with Deniz AkdurFerit Akova, and Celal Ziftçi) also prepared a prototype for a European Union (EU – FP6) funding application on natural language processing (NLP) during Summer 2003, working under supervision of Kemal Oflazer, at Sabancı University.

I was an intern at ASELSAN, during Summer 2002.