Prof. Ahmet Altuncu has completed his Ph.D. degree from University of Essex in UK in 1998. He is a full professor at the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in Kütahya Dumlupınar University in Turkey since 1998. He is also the Director of Photonics Technologies Application and Research Center. His research interests are novel erbium doped fiber amplifier designs for broadband optical communication systems, wideband wavelength tunable fiber ring lasers and fiber optical sensor systems. He has published more than 50 international journal and conference papers on fiber optical based communication and sensor system applications.
Thomas F. George (chancellor/professor emeritus) served as chancellor and professor of chemistry and physics at the University of Missouri–St. Louis from 2003 until his retirement in 2019. Prior to that, he was chancellor at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, provost at Washington State University, dean of science at SUNY-Buffalo, and promoted by age 29 to full professor of chemistry at the University of Rochester. He received his B.A. degree (Phi Beta Kappa) with a double major in chemistry and mathematics from Gettysburg College, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at age 23 from Yale University, with postdoctoral appointments at MIT and UC-Berkeley. Tom’s research specialty is chemical/materials/laser/nanophysics, including nanomedicine. He continues to be an active researcher with 800 papers, 8 authored and 18 edited books. His awards include the Marlow Medal from the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), Medal of Honor from Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait, and Diploma of Honour from Seinájoki University of Applied Sciences in Finland. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Szeged in Hungary and Phranakhon Rajabhat University in Thailand, and he has been elected as a foreign member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology. As a hobby, he plays jazz keyboard and has performed throughout the St. Louis region and overseas in Bosnia, Croatia, China, Hungary, Kuwait, Oman, Romania and Russian Siberia. Tom has been married since 1970 to Dr. Barbara Harbach, Curators’ Distinguished Professor Emerita of Music, former chair of the Department of Music, director of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, and director of Women in the Arts at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. They are the proud owners (actually, servants) of four cats – two tortoise females (Luna and Stella) and two younger, mischievous males (Jeremiah and Jarrett).