Mehmet Vurkaç is an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy (EERE) at Oregon Institute of Technology, where he has also taught courses in decision-making, samba percussion, math, and machine learning.
Vurkaç earned his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in December 2011 at Portland State University, with research at the confluence of machine learning, musicology, information theory, philosophy of science, and music information retrieval. His current research is applying machine learning and signal processing to electrical power distribution, funded by an Oregon BEST grant, as well as continued research in computational ethnomusicology.
Between 1994 and 2010, Vurkaç taught in the Music Department at Whitman College (Sound Synthesis), and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Portland State University (all courses in first- and second-year digital and analog circuits) as an adjunct, as well as co-teaching as a "grad mentor" in the University Studies program at Portland State University (Popular Culture, African Studies, Renaissance Studies, Environmental Sustainability, and Knowledge, Rationality and Understanding), and assisting several other courses in the same program (such as Global Environmental Change and Healthy People, Healthy Places).
Vurkaç also served as a rubric and assignment-design specialist for the President’s Assessment Initiative at Portland State University from 2002 to 2006, and as assessment coordinator of EERE at Oregon Tech, was the assessment lead for the initial accreditation of the new Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.
Since 2010, Vurkaç has been teaching CMOS VLSI Digital-IC Design, Machine Learning, Communication Systems, Electricity and Magnetism, Electronics I, Circuits I, II, III, and all associated labs, as well as circuits for non-majors and samba percussion.
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