Prof. Dr. Levent GÜREL

1964, İzmir, Turkey

He graduated from Bornova Anadolu High School in 1982. Upon graduating from Middle East Technical University, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering with high honours in 1986, he went to USA for graduate studies. He completed his graduate and doctoral studies respectively in 1988 and 1991 at University of Illinois, and he started to work at IBM-Thomas J. Watson Research Centre in New York. Dr. Levent Gürel joined Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bilkent University in 1994, and he is currently working there as a Professor. He is also an adjunct professor at University of Illinois, member of the IUE Board of Trustees, and director of the Computational Electromagnetics Research Centre (BILCEM), which he founded in 2005.

As a result of Prof. Dr. Levent Gürel’s scientific research studies, world’s largest electromagnetic problems are being solved successively since 2006 breaking world records. Lately, world’s biggest matrix equation with 550 million unknowns has been solved. By this means, some of the important problems of science world, that were not able to be solved before, are being solved now. Creating innovations in physics, electromagnetics, computer engineering, and mathematics, and conducting multidisciplinary studies is necessary in order to solve such large problems.

In 2009, he was awarded the “Fellow” title, awarded to less than one in a thousand members all around the world, by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) for his studies. He was also awarded the “Fellow” title by The Electromagnetics Academy in 2007 and by International Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) in 2011. World’s biggest professional organization with more than 400.000 members, IEEE, appointed Prof. Dr. Levent Gürel as “Distinguished Lecturer”. Prof. Gürel will be sharing his experiences with researchers from different countries on parallel computing in electromagnetics, iterative and parallel solvers and preconditioners for extremely large matrix equations during 2011-2013 period.

Prof. Gürel is an associate editor of several academic journals in electromagnetics such as Radio Science, IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters (AWPL), Progress in Electromagnetics Research (PIER), and Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications (JEMWA).

Prof. Dr. Levent Gürel, who has more than 200 articles published in notable scientific journals and conferences, and received more than 900 attributions, has received, two prestigious awards from the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA) in 2002 and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) in 2003 for his studies on electromagnetic, optics, nanotechnology, antennas, radars, medical imaging, wireless communications, metamaterials, parallel supercomputers, and parallel informatics. Prof. Dr. Levent Gürel served as the project manager for 20 projects and consultant for more than 15 graduate theses in order to use the outcomes from these studies to put into service of the country.

He held CEM’07, CEM’09, and CEM’11 Computational Electromagnetics International Workshops series respectively in 2007, 2009, and 2011 in Izmir, where he was the chairman and the editor.

He got married to Dr. Meltem (Ömürgönülşen) Gürel, who is currently founding president of Bilkent University Department of Architecture, in 1988 in Izmir. His daughters Defne (1993) and Aylin (1997) are attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Bilkent Laboratory and International School (BLIS).