Engineering involves rationality guiding our relationship with nature.
Today, it means using scientific knowledge to transform nature and the intensive and effective use of information technologies to reduce product costs while enhancing their capabilities and qualities. The speed of technological development is increasing exponentially. Applications that would be considered science fiction only twenty years ago pervade our daily lives.
Since the industrial revolution that started in the 18th century, while striving to use the knowledge on nature for the benefit of humanity and while developing products based on that knowledge, we have perhaps achieved striking accomplishments but nature has been rendered almost uninhabitable, and we have not yet succeeded in reducing the gaps among human beings.
Global warming, which everyone has heard of, has not yet gained the priority it deserves on our agenda, and we seem to be fast approaching the point of extermination. Telecommunication technologies enable us to establish instant and visual contact with distant points of the world, but we observe every day how inequalities, misunderstandings and animosities among communities of people become more destructive rather than being reduced.
Engineers now hold responsibilities of stopping the destruction of the environment and to enhance mutual friendship and fraternity among human beings when applying scientific knowledge to life. Contemporary engineering can not only focus on increasing product capabilities and efficiency while reducing costs, but must also consider the environment and human issues. Innovation and creativity emerge as fundamental requirements of this new mode of engineering.
In the Faculty of Engineering we have twelve departments. These are:
The Civil Engineering and the Industrial Engineering departments provide programs in Turkish as well as English. The Genetics and Bioengineering department and the Geomatics department provide programs in Turkish. All other programs are in English.
Our principal philosophy of education is to train professionals who have mastered the fundamental approaches and techniques of engineering, who have achieved competence in applying these innovatively and creatively to contemporary problems, who are acquainted with national and international industrial organizations and who will reach leading positions in the global race, with the engineering ethics and responsibilities they have assimilated. In our education as well as research work we greatly value our leading position in industrial collaboration. Our students gain hands-on industrial work experience in at least one firm during their undergraduate program.
In the Fall term 2018, we shall start the PROMES ® practice whereby students in many programs will be directly involved with actual industrial projects during their whole education from their first year until their graduation. Furthermore, students who participate in the CO-OP program will be able to spend their last semester working in industry.
I would like to add that university education does not only consist of classes, laboratories and exams. University means sharing cultural and artistic experiences, sports, fun, hard work and repose as well as science and technology among rational individuals who respect all kinds of differences and who are conscious of their individual and social responsibilities. Our campus reflects this understanding. Along the same understanding, students are always welcome to the offices of academic and administrative staff.
Welcome to Okan. Best wishes to you all.