Who's Who

Umran S. İnan

Umran S. Inan (S’76–M’77–SM’99–F’06) received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Middle East Technical University, in 1972 and 1973, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 1977. He is currently with Stanford University, as a Professor of electrical engineering with the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Director of the Space, Telecommunications, and Radioscience Laboratory. He is also currently the President of Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey. He actively conducts research on electromagnetic waves in plasmas, lightning discharges, ionospheric physics, near-Earth space physics, radiation belts, and very low frequency remote sensing. Since 1990, he has been serving as the Principal Ph.D. Dissertation Advisor for 32 students who have received their degrees. Dr. Inan is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and the Electromagnetics Academy. He has served as the Chair of the U.S. National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) and the International Chair of Commission H (Waves in Plasmas) of URSI. He is currently serving as the Vice President of URSI. He was the recipient of the 2007 Stanford University Allan V. Cox Medal for Faculty Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research; the 1998 Stanford University Tau Beta Pi Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching; several Group Achievement Awards from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the European Space Agency; the Antarctic Service Medal of the U.S., with an Antarctic Mountain named “Inan Peak” in his honor; and the 2008 Appleton Prize from URSI and the Royal Society.