PROF. RAFET BOZDOĞAN

Chairman of the Board

Prof. Rafet BOZDOĞAN

Chairman of the Board

Born in 1960, in Kahramanmaraş, Bozdoğan graduated from Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Department of Metallurgical Engineering in 1986. He furthered his studies by completing his master's and doctoral studies in Aerostructures and Materials at the University of Birmingham, England, in 1991. He joined the ITU Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics as an Assistant Professor in 1992, and he earned the title of Associate Professor in the Department of Aircraft Construction in 1993. Between 1992 and 1996, he served as a faculty member at both ITU and the Air Force Academy. Transitioning into the private sector between 1996 and 1999, he held executive positions while also lecturing at the Air Force Academy.

From 1999 to 2005, he served as the Head of the Research, Planning, Coordination Department in Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. Additionally, during the same period, he also led the Transportation Department. Subsequently, from 2005 to 2007, he held the position of Deputy Secretary General, responsible for Transportation and Traffic within the same organization. In 2007, he voluntarily left Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality to pursue his career in the private sector.

In 2010, Prof. Rafet Bozdoğan, who began his career at Yalova University, established the Department of Transportation Engineering, the first of its kind in Türkiye. During his tenure at Yalova University, he held various positions, including Founding Director of Çınarcık Vocational High School, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Member of the University Senate and Board of Directors, Vice Rector, and Acting Rector. From 2015 to 2020, he served as a Board Member at TUSAŞ Engine Industries Inc. (TEI). Since June 10, 2020, he has been serving as the Chairman of the Board at Turkish Aerospace.