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Engineer’s mind, designer’s eye, artist’s soul

A 25-year-old graduate student, research assistant, jack–of–all–trades. Interested in social computing, online social networks, data science, full-stack web development, visual design, and more.

My educational background and diverse interests enable me to see and handle a problem as a whole rather than limiting myself to a specific perspective. I excel at times when one needs to wear more than one hat or pick up new subjects in a short time. I’m not strictly an engineer or a designer, but I use my diverse knowledge and skills to work across disciplines and achieve self-sufficiency.

  • Research and Teaching Assistant (January 2018- )

    Informatics Institute – Middle East Technical University
    As a research assistant, I was a member of a research group that was awarded an honorable mention in an international big data challenge (Data 4 Refugees) that had participants from reputable institutions such as MIT and Oxford University. You can find our initial report here while a more detailed article is about the be published.

    As a teaching assistant, I had various duties such as preparing/updating/grading assignments and projects, preparing/conducting lab sessions, proctoring, helping students, etc. for the following courses:

    IS 503 – Database Concepts and Applications
    IS 524 – Software Design Patterns
    SM 523 – Software Design Patterns
    IS 507 – Introduction to Software Engineering
    SM 561 – Introduction to Software Engineering
    IS 100 – Introduction to Information Technologies and Applications

  • Freelance Designer (2014-2016)

    Graphic design, motion design, etc.

  • Internship – Digital media planning (June 2015-July 2015)

    Veritas Media

  • M.Sc., Information Systems – Middle East Technical University (2016-2019)

    CGPA: 3.9/4

    I have taken compensatory courses for a year. All in all, I have completed these courses:

    • Big Data
    • Computer Networking for Information Systems
    • Database Concepts and Applications
    • Fundamentals of Business
    • Introduction to Software Engineering
    • Knowledge, Discovery and Mining
    • Machine Learning for Multimedia Informatics
    • Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures
    • Research Methods and Ethics in Information Systems
    • Social Media Analytics
    • Software Design Patterns
  • Graphic Design (Minor) – Bilkent University (2013-2016)

    CGPA: 3.52/4

  • B.A., Communication & Design – Bilkent University (2012-2016)

    CGPA: 3.49/4

    I have also taken active roles in student organizations:

    • Executive Board Member (February 2016-May 2016)

      Bilkent Media Society
      A student community in Bilkent University.

    • Administrative Team Member (May 2015-May 2016)

      GazeteBilkent
      Biggest student newspaper in Turkey.

    • Online Operations Team Member (January 2015-May 2016)

      GazeteBilkent
      My duty was mainly to provide monthly Google Analytics reports which gauge which articles were read most, how the readers come to the site and how they view it, etc.

    • Science and Technology Journalist (October 2014-September 2015)

      GazeteBilkent

  • Ankara Tevfik Fikret Private High School / Lycée Tevfik Fikret d’Ankara (2008-2012)

    81.42/100, French Baccalauréat equivalent, Math-Science track

Here are some of my latest projects, their descriptions, and what I mostly used (technology, language, library, etc.) to realize them:

  • Undisclosed niche social network application

    A location and similarity based niche social network project that is mostly written in 2017 but launched in 2019. Users can upload fill their profiles, search for people (based on age, gender, intention, proximity, personality match), and send instant messages. Please contact for more details.

    PHP, MariaDB, JavaScript, jQuery, Socket.IO (with Node.js), HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, Apache HTTP Server, Adobe Illustrator.

  • Fortune Teller for Twitter

    A web application that tries to predict a tweet’s popularity using machine learning.

    Python, Scikit-learn, Twitter API, Selenium, Flask, Javascript, jQuery, HTML, CSS, Adobe Illustrator, Cinema 4D.

  • Imgur Liberatur

    A Google Chrome extension for people who do not have direct access to Imgur due to the Internet censorship.

    JavaScript, jQuery, HTML, CSS.

  • BilCalendar

    A Facebook Messenger bot to get relevant and up-to-date academic calendar information in a quick and succinct way.

    PHP, Facebook Messenger Platform.

  • Quick Personality Test

    A condensed personality test application developed for Android devices.

    Java, Android SDK, Adobe Illustrator.

Probably what you are interested in:

  • Python
  • R
  • PHP
  • JavaScript, jQuery, some Node.js
  • Processing, p5.js, Paper.js
  • Java
  • Relational databases, MySQL/MariaDB
  • Web scraping, web automation
  • Scikit-learn
  • Android development
  • Google Chrome extension development
  • Socket.IO
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Some experience with QGIS/ArcGIS
  • Limited experience with Apache Hadoop, Spark, Hive, Storm, Kafka

The jack–of–all–trades factor:

  • Graphic design
  • Motion graphics
  • Video production
  • Video editing
  • Screenwriting
  • Sound design
  • Visual effects
  • Projection mapping
  • Electronic music production
  • Media studies
  • Advertising
  • Journalism
  • Adobe
    • Illustrator
    • Photoshop
    • After Effects
    • Premiere Pro
    • Audition
    • InDesign
  • Cinema 4D
  • FL Studio
  • Foundry Nuke
  • Resolume Arena
  • Turkish: Native
  • English: ~C1 (TOEFL iBT score: 101/120 – 2016)
  • French: B2 (DELF – 2011) (Disclaimer: This diploma does not have an expiry date, but my French is pretty much forgotten.)
  • Playing guitar and piano
  • Digital music production
  • Digital drawing
  • Gaming

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