He is a Professor of Climate and Marine Sciences at the Istanbul Technical University and the Dean of the Informatics Institute of the same university. He received his BS in physics from Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey) in 1975, his MS in Solid Earth Geophysics at ITU in 1977 and his Ph D in Space Physics and Astronomy from Rice University (Houston, Texas, USA) in 1984. Later on, he was postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, and charge de recherche at the Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique of CNRS (Paris, France), senior researcher at TUBITAK Marmara Research Center, and associate professor of environmental sciences at Bogazici University. He joined ITU's faculty in 1992, and from 1996 till 2000 he was the director of the university's Computing Center and he lead the renovation of ITU's informational technological infrastructure and curricular development to integrate computer skills into undergraduate programs. He is one of the founders of the Internet Technologies Society, and served on the Advisory and Executive Boards of ULAKBIM, the national NREN of Turkey. His research interests are in the area of 'grand challenge' problems in computational environmental/earth sciences, especially in climate dynamics and computational ecology.