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Online Donations - To make a donation to the Turkman Scholar Award fund at RIT, fill out this form. Select " Special and Named Scholarship Funds" category. Then select "Turkman (Prof. Ibrahim Renan) Scolarship Fund (Microengineering)" in the drop down menu. 

Professor Ibrahim "Renan" Turkman had a tragic accident in March 2001 and was hospitalized in a coma until his death on June 15th, 2008 (Father's day).


The Turkman Scholars (thru 2011). The individual student biographies are given at the bottom of the page.

Click here to view a presentation on Dr. Turkman and the scholarship winners.

Dr. Turkman was a Professor in the Department of Microelectronic Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering at RIT from 1984 until his accident. He taught undergraduate and graduate level courses related to the physics and processing of semiconductor devices. His commanding knowledge of the subject combined with superb teaching made him one of the most revered teachers at RIT. Students simply looked forward to his classes. He did not need notes to teach from, the subject simply came from his thorough understanding of the material. His teaching evaluations were consistently at the top of the departments and he was nominated for the institute's prestigious Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching almost every year. He was a senior member of the IEEE and he developed advanced semiconductor processes and test facilities at RIT and advised graduate students in research. He was often invited for consultation and for teaching courses by leading semiconductor companies including Motorola and National Semiconductor where he also spent time on sabbaticals.

His influence on students for learning his favorite subject is immensely missed. We wish to keep his legacy alive, i.e. encouraging students to learn, as he would have wanted by instituting a scholarship in his name, the "Prof. I. Renan. Turkman Scholarship". The scholarship is awarded to the student demonstrating top performance in the understanding of the physics of semiconductor devices through academic performance and a seminar presentation each year. His family has also expressed their desire to establish this scholarship to honor his accomplishments, knowledge and love for his students.

Dr. Turkman received his Ph.D in Electronics in 1980 from Laboratoire d'Automatique et d'Analyse des Systemes du C.N.R.S, France. In 1981, Dr. Turkman joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

Prof. I. Renan Turkman Scholarship Fund

We have created an endowed scholarship that will allow us to use the interest income for the scholarship without reducing the capital. We have received donation pledges from a number of colleagues, alumni and family friends. This is an appeal to all former students / colleagues of Professor Turkman to help us grow the number and amount of the awards.

Please join us in building this memorial to an educator who dedicated his entire career to his students, to an extremely modest and humble person with superlative intelligence.

Your contribution is fully tax deductible. You can make your gift - online, by phone or by mail. Checks can be made out to The Professor I. Renan Turkman Scholarship Fund at RIT and mailed to us. Your gift is also eligible for any matching contributions by your employer.

The scholarship is awarded annually to a student demonstrating outstanding knowledge and interest in the field of semiconductor devices and technology. The award consists of a certificate and cash prize from this endowment. Nominations are invited by the scholarship committee and the winner is chosen and announced at the Annual Microelectronic Engineering Conference.

Professor Turkman Scholarship Winners

2012 - Brain Romanczyk

Brian received his BS degree in Microelectronic Engineering from RIT in 2012. He will be entering the RIT MS degree program in Microelectronic Engineering in the fall. He is recipient of the Miles Award.

2011 - Ivan Puchades

Ivan received the BS degree in Microelectronic Engineering in 1999 and an MSEE degree in 2000. From 2000 to 2005 he worked as an RF Device Engineer and BiCMOS Technology Development Engineer for Freescale Semiconductor in Phoenix AZ. He completed his PhD in Microsystems at RIT in 2011. His research was on "Thermally Actuated Microelectromechanical (MEMS) Devices for Measuring Viscosity".

2010 - Archana Devasia

Archana received her MSEE degree in 2005 and her PhD in Microsystems from RIT in 2011. She has done summer work at Brookhaven National Labs and Boise State University. Her dissertation was on "Phase Change Memory Devices using Bilayer Chalcogenides". She is currently employed in a research position at IBM TJ Watson Research Labs in Yorktown Heights NY.

2009 - Michael Barth

Michael received his BS degree (high honors) in Microelectronic Engineering in 2009. He did coops at Intel in Albuquerque, New Mexico in high density plasma chemical vapor deposition (HDPCVD) and ion implantation. He presented his research from an NSF REU award at the 2008 RIT Undergraduate Research Symposium. The paper, "High Temperature Characterization of III-V on Si Esaki Diodes" won a best paper award. He completed his MS degree in Microelectronic Engineering in 2011 on "Characterization and modeling of tunnel current in multiple III-V material systems". Michael will be pursuing a PhD at Penn State University starting in the fall of 2011.

2008 - Burak Baylav

Burak earned his undergraduate degree in 2005 from Yeditepe University in Istanbul Turkey (top 1%). He earned an MS in Microelectronic Engineering in 2010 and has worked in IMEC in Belgium. He is currently interested in lithography and is pursuing a Microsystems PhD at RIT. He likes to play volleyball and table tennis.

2007 - David Pawlik

David received his BS degree in Microelectronics in 2005 from RIT. He is an Eagle Scout and an RIT Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar. He gained coop experience at LSI Logic and National Semiconductor. David is completing his PhD in Microsystems at RIT. His research includes characterizing high temperature effects, leakage, modeling and SPICE simulation of band-to-band tunnel Esaki and resonant inter-band tunneling devices. David enjoys rock climbing, juggling and riding his unicycle.

2006 - Robert Manley

Robert Manley graduated from the Microelectronic Engineering program in May 2004 with high honors. His undergraduate education focused heavily on MEMS technology. In the 2002, he attained co-op experience at Intergrated Nano-Technologies in Rochester, NY on early development of intergrated DNA sensors. In 2003 and 2004 his experience was further enhanced at Sandia National Laboratories, in Albuquerque, NM, where he work on such projects as understanding microtubule movement in MEMS systems, analytical ionization detectors for combustible agents, and monolithic integration of sensors for lab-on-a-chip applications. Robert's current research area is in thin-film transistors for LCD applications. He is doing much development and modeling of devices that use highly crystalline semiconductor films on glass substrates. He is received his Ph.D. degree in Microsystems Engineering at RIT in 2011 and is currently working at Corning Glass.

2005 - Michael Aquilino

Michael Aquilino received his B.S. degree with highest honors in Microelectronic Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology in May 2004. Through advanced placement credits and an aggressive course schedule, he was able to complete the 5 year program in 4 years. He joined ATMEL Corporation in the Summer/Fall of 2002 at their ASIC
Design Center in Columbia, MD as a Co-op student, where he worked on IC
layout and characterization of 0.18 um CMOS core logic and I/O cells.
From Summer 2003 to Spring 2004, he worked at Integrated
Nano-Technologies in Henrietta, NY as a Co-op student, where he did
fabrication development for a portable DNA detection system.  He received an M.S. degree in Microelectronic Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology in May 2006. Michael's research interests include deep-submicron device engineering and advanced CMOS process integration. He is currently working on advanced process development at IBM.

2004 - Reinaldo Vega

Reinaldo Vega received the B.S. degree with honors in Microelectronic Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology in May 2004, and  the M.S. degree in Microelectronic Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He joined Integrated Nano-Technologies in Rochester, New York during Summer/Fall of 2001 as a Co-Op student, working on fabrication development for prototype DNA detection devices. During Summer/Fall of 2002, he worked as a Co-Op student at IBM in East Fishkill, New York, where he performed an extensive analysis of RF MEMS and alternative power generation techniques, and worked on copper thru-plated inductors, MIM capacitors, and performed exploratory work on an LCD-based RF switch. He returned to IBM for Summer/Fall of 2003 as a Co-Op student, where he worked on SOI device characterization of thermal diodes, FETs, and electrically programmable fuses (e-FUSE) at the 90nm technology node. During Spring of 2004, he performed a NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates, working on a multi-valued logic test setup, fabrication/circuit design for resonant interband tunnel diodes, and assistance in co-ordination and implementation of the 2004 NSF sponsored Nanotechnology and MEMS Education Workshop. Reinaldo's primary research focus is in Schottky Field Effect
Transistors (SFETs) and the integration of Schottky CMOS into 3D
circuitry. For his work in SFETs, he received First Place at the 2004
RIT IEEE Student Design Contest. His extracurricular interests include
computers and auto racing.

He received his PhD from Berkeley in 2010 and is currently working for IBM.

2003 - Stephen Sudirgo

Stephen Sudirgo was born at Semarang, Indonesia in 1977. His interest in electronics started early on during the middle school years as he built various simple circuits like a pocket radio and audio-amplifier using discrete components. He graduated from the Kolose Loyola High School in 1995, majoring in physical sciences. Building upon this passion, he decided to pursue higher education at the department of Microelectronic Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, in the Fall 1995. He was an active student member of the IEEE and Electron Device Society.
He was the secretary of the RIT student branch for 2002-2003 academic
years. As a part of the BS program, Stephen attained year and a half of co-op experience at Fairchild Semiconductor, South Portland, ME, Lucent Technologies, Reading, PA, and CVC Inc, Rochester, NY. He received the B.S. degree with high honors and M.S. degrees in Microelectronic Engineering in 2000 and 2003, respectively. His M.S. thesis work under the guidance of Dr. Santosh Kurinec consisted of integration studies of tunnel devices with CMOS supported by the National Science Foundation. His work is presented and published in various conferences and referred technical journals. He was one of the first student to receive a PhD in Microsystems from RIT and currently works for Intel in New Mexico.

2002 - Charles J. Gruener

A graduate of the Microelectronic Engineering program at RIT, Charles received his B.S. degree with high honors in 2002 as the top graduate in his class. While working towards his degree, he worked as a tutor in the college's Math Lab. Later, he was hired as the Department of Microelectronic Engineering's Maskmaking Engineer as well as the System Administrator, all while still working towards his B.S. degree. His co-op experience was achieved at Fairchild Semiconductor in South Portland, ME, and as a Research Assistant for Dr. Lynn Fuller in the Department of Microelectronic Engineering at RIT. He received his M.S. in Microelectronic Engineering in 2009 and is currently working at RIT.