Prof. Özgür Barış Akan is the Vice President for Research and Development (VPRD) at Koç University.

Özgür B. Akan received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical and electronics engineering from Bilkent University and Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Türkiye, in June 1999 and January 2002, respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Broadband and Wireless Networking Laboratory, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in May 2004. He was with the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Middle East Technical University between May 2004 and August 2010.

Prof. Akan joined Koç University in 2010. He was appointed as full-time Tenured Professor at Cambridge University in 2017, but he maintained his part-time relationship with Koç University. Prof. Akan was subsequently appointed as the Dean of Koç University College of Engineering and has been serving in this position since September 01, 2019, while also serving as the Director of Graduate School of Sciences and Engineering (GSSE).

Prof. Akan is the author of more than 250 scientific papers (h-index=58) that have received more than 14,000 citations so far, and has graduated 13 PhD and 22 MS students and currently supervises 9 PhD and 2 MS students. In addition, Prof. Akan is the Principal Investigator of an ERC Consolidator Grant at Koç University. He has brought more than €6M project support to Koç University. He is also holder of ‘AXA Chair’, a unique recognition that was acquired through an extremely competitive application and election process, that comes together with a €1M grant and that is the first and only externally funded Chair at this level in Türkiye and in the region. Besides many other awards, Prof. Akan is the recipient of 2020 TUBITAK Science Award.