Prof. Dr. Muhammed ŞAHİN, Rector of MEF University
Born in the Pazar sub-province of Rize in 1965, schooled at Pazar Sivritepe Village Primary School, Pazar Secondary School and Pazar High School. Professor Şahin graduated from the Department of Geodesy and Photogrammetry (Geomatics) Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering, İstanbul Technical University in 1987 at the top of his class.
Professor Şahin received his master's degree from University College London in 1991, and his PhD degree from University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in 1994. He started his academic career in 1988 as a Research Fellow in the Department of Surveying Techniques at Istanbul Technical University and advanced through the ranks of assistant professor and associate professor. In 2002, he became a tenured Professor in the Department of Surveying Techniques at Istanbul Technical University. He was a short-term visiting fellow at Graz Technical University in 1997 and at Berlin Technical University in 2000.
During the years 1996-2004 at Istanbul Technical University, he assumed several administrative positions such as Advisor to the Rector, Director of the School of Foreign Languages, Chairman of the Department of Surveying Techniques, and Coordinator for the Graduate Program in Advanced Technologies.
Professor Şahin is a member of various national and international engineering societies and he has 14 international SCI articles and 73 international papers.
Professor Şahin was appointed as the Rector of Istanbul Technical University on August 6th, 2008 and his tenure ended on August 6th, 2012. In 2009, Prof. Şahin was the first and only rector from Turkey to be elected as a member of the Board of Directors of CESAER (Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research), based in Belgium and including the most prominent engineering universities in Europe. In February 2012, Professor Şahin was nominated and elected unanimously to the four-member Executive Board of CESAER on account of the contributions he had made to “Research and Strategy Management at Universities”.
Professor Şahin is a member of the Advisory Board on Earthquakes of the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, and a member of the Board of Directors of Foundation for Citizens from Rize and Black Sea Region. Between August 2008 and August 2012, he was the Chairman of ITU Foundation and ITU Development Foundation, Chairman of ITU ARI Technocity Board of Directors, Founding Representative of ITU Development Foundation Schools and an Honorary Chairman of ITU Alumni Council.
Professor Şahin is married to Neşe Şahin, a textile designer, and has two children: a son named Efe, born in 2002, and a daughter named Defne, born in 2009.
Professor Şahin is the founding rector of MEF University and has been in position since March 2013.
Personal web page: www.muhammedsahin.org