Ilker Karakasoglu is pursuing doctoral studies in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. His research focuses on optoelectronic devices and photonics. He primarily works on the development of optical interconnects, which are a promising technology to decrease energy consumption in many electronic gadgets.
A native of Turkey, Ilker received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Bilkent University as summa cum laude. Additionally, he has a minor degree in Economics. He studied as an exchange student in Electrical Engineering at University of California, Los Angeles for one year. He worked in a joint research project of Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He did research on lensless imaging techniques for monitoring HIV viral load. His research promoted to the development of novel point-of-care devices. Moreover, he worked as a researcher at Fraunhofer Institute IIS in Germany where he contributed to the implementation of an indoor navigation system using optical wireless networks.
Outside of research Ilker enjoys sailing and photography a lot. He is a passionate traveler with a great wanderlust. He is also a licensed scuba diver.