Bio

After graduating from Middle East Technical University (METU), Department of Industrial Design in 2005 with an honour degree, I worked as a furniture designer for one and a half years.

I started my Master studies in February 2006 at METU, Department of Industrial Design and worked with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bahar Şener (Pedgley) until July 2008. My masters thesis was on understanding consumers’ emotional responses to brands and branded products. Meanwhile, I started working as a teaching and research assistant in the same department.

I continued my PhD studies between 2008-2013 with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Çiğdem Erbuğ. During my PhD studies, I was honoured with the Fulbright Scholarship and I went to Carnegie Mellon University, Human-Computer Interaction Institute (USA) for 1 academic year between 2011-2012. There, I worked with Prof. Dr. Jodi Forlizzi and Prof. Dr. Dan Siewiorek. My PhD studies were about understanding the dimensions of user experience of personal informatics systems.

While working as a research assistant at the Department of Industrial Design at METU, I also worked as a researcher in many projects at the UTEST-Product Usability Testing Unit.  After pursuing my PhD studies, I started working as an Assistant Profesor at TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Department of Industrial Design.

Currently, I am working as an Assistant Professor at Faculty of Engineering Technology, Department of Design, Production and Management at University of Twente.


My Education Background at a Glimpse
Doctorate of Philosophy, February 2013, Middle East Technical University
Department of Industrial Design
Thesis Title: Exploration of User Experience of Personal Informatics Systems
Advisor: Çiğdem Erbuğ
GPA: 4.00/4.00 

Fulbright Visiting PhD Student, September 2011-July 2012, Carnegie Mellon University
Human Computer Interaction Institute
Advisors: Jodi Forlizzi, Dan Siewiorek
 

Master of Science, July 2008, Middle East Technical University
Department of Industrial Design
Thesis Title: A study of consumers’ emotional responses towards brands and branded products
Advisor: Bahar Şener-Pedgley,
GPA: 3.81/4.00

 
Bachelor of Industrial Design, June 2005, Middle East Technical University
Dept. of Industrial Design
Graduation project: Design of a Counter top Sink for Toprak Ceramics Inc.
GPA: 3.05/4.00