Childhood dream brought first prize

The first prize went to Izmir University of Economics (IEU) once again at the 14th Wedding Dress Design Contest held this year within the scope of IF Wedding Fashion Izmir, one of Europe's largest bridal fashion fairs. Sercan İzci, a student from the IEU Department of Textile and Fashion Design, achieved first place with his design named ‘Timon’, inspired by his childhood. Expressing his happiness for receiving the award, İzci said, “As a child, I used to play with my grandmother's sewing machine, stitching together fabric pieces I found to make clothes for my toys. Just like in my childhood, I prepared the award-winning bridal gown by combining fabric pieces and achieved my goal.” Last year, IEU student Enes Yolcu also won first place with his work ‘Essence of Myself’.

‘International’ approval for education quality

Izmir University of Economics (IUE) has been listed among the ‘best universities’ in the rankings prepared by Times Higher Education (THE) and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), two of the most respected international ranking organizations. Having successfully passed the evaluations in various areas such as research, employment, teaching, global participation, knowledge transfer, and sustainability, IUE demonstrated its quality of education and became the only private foundation university in the Aegean Region to make it to the list.

‘Vatoz’ the hero of the seas

Oğul Görgülü, a graduate of Izmir University of Economics (IEU), designed a boat named ‘Vatoz’ (stingray) with three of his friends to clean solid and liquid waste on the sea surface. Vatoz, which can work continuously for 6 hours, collect 100 kilograms of waste, and create its own route with the help of artificial intelligence, will make a significant contribution to marine cleaning.

‘Shirt Cycle’ ranks first in Turkey

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Şölen Kipöz from Izmir University of Economics (IUE) Department of Textile and Fashion Design and İpek Karatop, who graduated this year, won the first place in Turkey in the competition called ‘Design the Cycle’. The duo, who worked in an exemplary academic-student project, achieved success with a collection of stylish trousers, skirts, vests, shirts and dress designs prepared for women by recycling idle men's shirts.

Ranked second with the helicopter design

The ‘ECO-Dynamics’ team, consisting of 7 students from Izmir University of Economics (IUE) Department of Aerospace Engineering, came second in Turkey in the Helicopter Design Competition held at TEKNOFEST. Young people from IUE, who designed an attack helicopter that has high maneuverability, can land on difficult terrains easily and can carry 1.1 tons of ammunition, won a prize of 50 thousand liras in the competition among 461 teams.

'Respect for History' award for renovation of a 150-year-old mansion

Dr. Elif Kocabıyık Savasta, Lecturer at Izmir University of Economics (IUE) Department of Industrial Design, and her husband Dr. Daniele Savasta bought and renovated the 150-year-old mansion in Kemeraltı and was awarded the ‘Respect for History’ award by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. Stating that they preserved the historical texture of the mansion and that they did not throw away any material that wasn’t rotten or deteriorated, Kocabıyık said, “My husband and I wanted to live in a historical house in the center of the city. Our academic studies are already on history, technology and everyday life. We put a lot of effort, we worked meticulously and finally we were able to repair the mansion in accordance with the present day. We live there now”.

‘Double award’ for energy efficiency

Izmir University of Economics (IUE) received a double award at the ‘Innovative Idea Development Workshop in the Electricity Distribution Sector’ organized with the cooperation of Izmir Development Agency (IZKA), GDZ Elektrik and Genç İşi Kooperatif. Emrecan Durmaz and Selin Baysak, students of IUE Sustainable Energy Master's Program, marked the event with their projects and ideas based on increasing energy efficiency and received awards.

They produced ‘vegan leather’ from olive pulp

Olive, which is one of the values unique to the Aegean and has been an indispensable element of tables for centuries as a source of healing and taste, has been a source of inspiration for designers. Melis Baloğlu and Elif Tekcan, who continue their careers as lecturers at Izmir University of Economics (IUE), from which they graduated, produced a bio-based material (vegan leather) from olive pulp called ‘pirina (pomace)’. The duo, who created a durable and environmentally friendly material that can be used especially in automotive and furniture upholstery, came first in the ‘Futuretex Istanbul’ competition organized by the Istanbul Textile and Raw Materials Exporters' Association (ITHIB), which prioritizes university-industry cooperation.

Academic-student partnership brought another award

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pınar Oğuz Ekim, Faculty Member, Izmir University of Economics (IUE) came second in Turkey in the innovation and technology competition called Başakşehir Living Lab with the ‘autonomous transport robots’ she developed with her 3 students. Making a difference with her robot project that can draw a route through artificial intelligence and reduces the need for human power by two thirds, Ekim received her award at the ceremony held in Istanbul. Having been selected as one of the 5 most successful women entrepreneurs in the Techno Women Entrepreneurs Academy Program with the 'Advoard Robotics' company she founded with her students, and being awarded the third place in the Future of Automotive Design Competition, Ekim achieved great success by receiving an award for the third time in about a year.

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