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Erkan Tüzel

Associate Professor of Physics

Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science


Affiliate faculty in the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Program

 
Department of Physics, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA, 01609-2280, USA
Office: Olin Hall 130 / Gateway Park 4018
☎ +1 (508) 831-5391        📠 +1 (508) 831-5886
✉ etuzel (at) wpi (dot) edu
        CV is available upon request.

EDUCATION

  • - Ph.D. Physics, minor: Aerospace Engineering, focus: complex fluids, University of Minnesota, 2006
  • - M.S. Physics, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2001
  • - B. S. Engineering Physics, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, 1999

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 2016
  • Visiting Faculty (summer), Stanford University, Canary Center Early Cancer Detection
  • 2015-
  • Affiliate Faculty, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Program,
                            Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • 2015-
  • Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Biomedical Engineering, and
                            Computer Science, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • 2013-2015
  • Assistant Professor, Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science
                            Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • 2010-
  • Affiliated Faculty, Bioengineering Institute, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • 2009-2015
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • 2009
  • Teaching Assistant (Physiology course), Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole
  • 2007-2009 
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications, U. of Minnesota
  • 2007-2008 
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, U. of Minnesota
  • 2007      
  • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, North Dakota State University
  • 2002-2006 
  • Research Assistant, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota
  • 2001-2002 
  • Teaching Assistant, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota
  • 1999-2001 
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Physics, Işık University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1997-1999 
  • Undergraduate Research, Department of Physics, Istanbul Technical University
  • 1997      
  • Summer Research, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

    Courses Taught
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute                                                                           2009-Present

  •        Undergraduate
    •        - Modern Physics, Instructor (PH 1130)

    •        - Intermediate Mechanics II, Instructor (PH 2202)

    •        - General Physics-Mechanics, Conference Instructor (PH 1110)

    •        - General Physics-Electricity and Magnetism, Conference Instructor (PH 1120)

    •        - Oscillations and Waves, Conference Instructor (PH 1140)

    •        - Introduction to Biological Physics, Instructor (IS/P)

    •        - Computational Biophysics, Instructor (IS/P)

    •        - Advanced Topics in Computational Biophysics, Instructor (IS/P)

           Graduate
    •        - Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (PH522)

    •        - Fundamentals of Biological Physics (PH597B)

    •        - Current Topics in Physics (PH 597C)

    •        - Biophysics Journal Club (PH 597J)

  • North Dakota State University                                                                                          2007

    •        - Molecular Modeling of Materials, Instructor (MNT 756, graduate)

  • University of Minnesota                                                                                           2001-2002

    •        -Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering I, Discussion and Lab Instructor
              (PHYS 1301, undergraduate)

  • Işık University                                                                                                         1999-2001

    •        - General Physics I, II, III , Discussion Instructor (PHYS 101, 102, 103)

    •        - Physics Laboratory I, II, Laboratory Instructor (PHYS 103, 104)


    Invited Lectures and Workshops Organized
    •        - Workshop on Physical Biology of Cells, Corning Incorporated, Organizer/Lecturer,
               October 15-18, 2012

    •        - Workshop on Hydrodynamics of Swimming, Augsburg College, Organizer/Lecturer,
               August 3, 2012

    •        - Math And Science Technology Education Resource (M.A.S.T.E.R.) program, Worcester
               Polytechnic Institute, Lecturer (1 lecture), December 1, 2010

    •        - Parallel Computing and Simulations in Physics and Engineering (PH-LRR 4010), Worcester
               Polytechnic Institute, Guest Lecturer (4 lectures), Fall 2010

    •        - Introduction to Computational Physics Seminar Series, Augsburg College, Instructor
               (10 lectures), Fall 2008

    •        - Introduction to Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics Techniques, San Francisco State
               University, Invited Lecturer (2 lectures), February 8 and 9, 2008

    •        - Topics in Mathematical Biology (MATH 8540), University of Minnesota, Invited Lecturer
               (1 lecture), December 12, 2007

    •        - Finite Element Methods of Computer-aided Analysis (CHEN 8902), University of Minnesota,
               Invited Lecturer (1 lecture), February 3, 2005


AWARDS, PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND SERVICE

  • Honors and Awards
    •        -WPI Faculty Achievement Award, April 2016

    •        -Sigma Xi Junior Faculty Research Award, April 2013

    •        -SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering Post-doctoral Travel Award, 2008

    •        -Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2007-2009

    •        -Minnesota Supercomputing Institute Travel Award, 2005

    •        -First Student Award at Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Science and Letters, 1999

    •        -Istanbul Technical University Scholarship for academic achievement,  1998-1999

  • Membership
    •        -American Physical Society (Life Member)

    •        -American Association of Physics Teachers (Life Member)

    •        -Biophysical Society

    •        -American Society for Cell Biology

    •        -Sigma Xi (Vice-president of WPI Chapter, May 2013-Present)

  • Service to WPI
    •        -Dean of Arts and Sciences Search Committee Member, 2016

    •        -Physics Graduate Program Chair, 2013-Present

    •        -Physics Department Head Search Committee Member, 2015

    •        -Physics Department Colloquium Committee, 2015- 2017

    •        -Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Program, Steering Committee Member, 2015-Present

    •        -Director of Sponsored Programs Search Committee Member, 2014-2015

    •        -Research Data Management Subcommittee, 2011-2012

    •        -Physics Graduate Committee Member, 2009-2013

    •        -Physics Department Faculty Search Committee(s), 2009-2012

    •        -SPS Wonderful Speaker Program Supervisor, 2009-2010

    •        -Graduate Research Achievement Days Judge, 2010-2011
    •        -Graduate School Exhibitor at SACNAS National Conference, 2010

    •        -Physics Department Colloquium Organizer, 2009-2010

  • Service to Scientific Community
    •        Reviewer for Journals:
    •        Biophysical Journal, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, Cell,

    •        Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, Computing in Science and Engineering,

    •        Current Biology, European Biophysics Journal, Physical Biology, Physical Review,

    •        Plant Cell, J. of Biomechanical Engineering, J. of Biomechanics, J. of Chemical Physics,

    •        J. of Mathematical Biology, J. of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical,

    •        J. of Physical Chemistry C, J. of Physics: Condensed Matter, Nature Physics,

    •        Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences

    •        Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences-USA, Turkish Journal of Physics

             Reviewer for Funding Agencies:
    •        National Science Foundation (NSF),Unity through Knowledge Fund (UKF-Croatia),

    •        Alliance/Merck Ciencia (Science) Hispanic Scholars Program

             Mentoring:
    •        -Judge and Mentor, SACNAS National Conference, 2010