|My first hands-on experience with
dates back to my childhood :) I worked for my dad's company during the
doing various things from soldering PCBs, to phone switching equipment
installation. However it wasn't until I turned thirteen that I started
getting paid for my work :)
Apart from some part-time work, my next industry experience was with Alcatel-Lucent,
Turkey (which was Alcatel Teletaş
in 1999. I started working there for my undergrad project as an intern
and then signed a contract after graduation to transfer know-how for
the GSM payphone design and implementation I worked on with a couple of
During my undergrad years and a couple more after graduation
(1997-2002), I was affiliated with my own IT start-up, founded with
my classmate Atıf Alipaşaoğlu, A ve A Bilgisayar Ltd. (literally, A and
A Computers Limited). I would summarize our company's interests back
then as 'everything computer-related', that could let it survive.
We frequently dealt with OEM PC sales and support. After we sold the
company, another A ve A (more like 'avea') happened to come to life out of a merger as a premium GSM operator.
to pursuing a Masters degree, I was drawn to scholastic communities,
serving as a teaching (and research at times) assistant at Yeditepe University, Computer Engineering Department, for five years. That attraction has not ceased after getting a Masters, apparently, I now do work towards a PhD degree in WINLAB, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Although I haven't resumed working at a full-time position in the industry, I had the opportunity to work for the Communication Technology Labs at Intel Corp.
for two summers (Santa Clara, CA, and Hillsboro, OR) in 2005 and 2006.
I've had hands-on experience with WiFi, UWB, WiMAX and multi-radio
coexistence issues in general. Also, WINLAB's industry sponsorship
program gave me the chance to work on small projects for Panasonic Corp. (PSDU of USA), Intel Corp. (CTL), and Toyota ITC.