Dr. Oguz Yetkin, Ph.D. is a biomedical engineer and a Visiting Scientist at Ege University.  He obtained his Ph.D. degree from University of Texas at Arlington in Bioengineering after developing a human-robot interface system for controlling prosthetic devices while working with the Next Generation Systems lab with Dr. Dan Popa.

Dr. Yetkin also holds a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Molecular Biology and Computer Science.  Dr. Yetkin has more than a decade of experience as a professional software engineer and systems integrator.  Dr. Yetkin’s areas of expertise include data visualization, algorithm development, medical imaging, prosthetic device control, computer-human interfaces, microfabrication, and rapid prototyping of new technologies. 



Begüm Savaşan began her academic career in 2009 in the Istanbul Technical University Department of Bioengineering, completed a two year joint program with Montana State University in 2011, and has been at the Ege University Bioengineering department since 2014. 


In addition to her participation in many extracurricular organizations during her college career, she has also participated in or helped administer organizations such as the İTÜ BioTechConference, İTÜ ARIBA, İzmir Hackerspaceand Informatics Association of Turkey (Türkiye Bilişim Derneği).


While at Ege University, she has collaborated with Dr. Oguz Yetkin (a Visiting Scientist at the time from the University of Texas) to receive startup funding (TÜBİTAK BİGG) for their “Artificial Fingernail Based Wearable Human Interface” idea.  Begüm Savaşan is the founding partner of Nailtronics Interface Technologies (www.nailtronics.com) and continues her dual roles as CEO and R&D personnel. 


Begüm Savaşan has also participated in or contributed to the following projects:


  • Active Eye Tracking Light Shield – A Glare Prevention Device for Driver Safety, 2018  (TÜBİTAK 2242 2nd place, Aegean Region)

  • Picture to Tactile Translator: An Electronic Ring Helps Visually Handicapped to Sense 2D Pictures via Vibration (Co-mentored a high school student, who went on to win the national 1st place prize in the TÜBİTAK high school project competition, 2017)

  • Development of a low-cost luminometer device for use with bioluminescent bacteria in order to  monitor environmental pollution (2nd place inthe Poster Competition at the YTÜStudent Bioengineering Congress)

  • Diagnosis of Skin Cancer using Spectral Multifractality Analysis and Validation Using Tissue Engineered Skin Cancer Model (Joint TÜBİTAK – NIH application.  Scored in the 4th percentile for NIH)2017

  • Development of a Photoplethysmography (PPG) based fingernail mounted health monitoring system (2017)

  • Developmentof an automated water sampler and spectrophotometer for the detection of environmental pollutants in water  (2017)

  • Development of an EMG based physical theraphy game (2017)

  • A Novel Prosthetic Interface based on Hand and Gesture Tracking (Article currently under review, 2017)

  • Participated in the TÜBİTAK 4004 Biological Sciences Education initiative for the town of Aliağa

  • Development of a flexible bronchoscopy system with touch-free control (2018)