Our Team



Erdogan Dede

Erdogan is a Principal Manager/Director of Wireless Engineering at Qualcomm Inc. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Hacettepe University and Master of Science degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Middle East Technical University. He has 20 years of experience in wireless and mobile communication technologies, firmware and software development and engineering management. He moved to San Diego in 2011 and has been a board member since June 2013. He did some voluntary work for CYDD (Cagdas Yasami Destekleme Dernegi) and Amnesty International in the past. Erdogan is a folk dance enthusiast -teaching to kids and adults-, activist in Turkish advocacy and related campaigns, and plays various sports leisurely such as soccer, voleyball and tennis.


erdogan.dede (at) atasc-sd (dot) org

Vice President


Merve Oney

Merve is a Life Science Sales Representative at Qiagen. She worked as a Scientist at Novartis for 4 years and recently switched gears to sales in the biotech industry. She graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Biological Sciences and moved to San Diego in 2011. She has been an ATASC-SD Executive Board Member since 2012. Merve enjoys social gatherings with the Turkish community in San Diego, traveling, singing and playing beach volleyball.


merve.oney (at) atasc-sd (dot) org



Aslihan Buner Kanar

Aslihan is a Marketing Manager at Preferred Healthcare. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bilkent University in 2008. She also studied Marketing at UC San Diego for a year and served as a marketing executive for several organizations including non-profits, start ups, small sized and enterprise level companies. She moved to San Diego in 2010 and has been a board member since 2016. Aslihan loves to travel, spend quality time with friends and try out new eateries.


aslihan.buner (at) atasc-sd (dot) org



Baris Efe

Baris is a Firmware Engineer at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. He received his B.S. degree from Yildiz Techincal University, M.S. from Helsinki University of Technology, Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering department. Before moving to San Diego in 2010, he has lived and worked in Helsinki, London, Dallas. He enjoys travelling, listening music and playing guitar.


baris.efe (at) atasc-sd (dot) org



Can Acar

Can is a Product Security Engineer at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Middle East Technical University Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department. He moved to San Diego in 2007.


can.acar (at) atasc-sd (dot) org

Social Activities Chair


Buket Perez


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Public Relations Chair


Emre Ayranci

Emre Ayranci is a Design Manager / Senior Staff RF IC Designer in Peregrine Semiconductor, a Murata company. He is also the chairman of IEEE Solid States Circuits Society Young Professionals. He worked at Intel, Broadcom, Marvell and a start up company in Orange County before moving to SD. He lived in the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany as well before calling SoCal home.. He holds a BSc degree in Microelectronics from Sabanci University and MSc degree in EE from Technical University of Denmark. He enjoys traveling (40+ countries), dancing (held latin dancing workshops), sailing, scuba diving, playing basketball, beach volley and soccer.


emre.ayranci (at) atasc-sd (dot) org

Executive Board Member (Turkish School Liaison)


Pelin Kefel

Pelin is a Senior Software Engineer at Bio-X Consulting, Inc in San Francisco. She received her Ph.D. degree from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in the field of Bio-medical Computer Vision and Image Processing. She received her BS. and MS. degrees in Computer Engineering from Cankaya University in Turkey. She is the founder and president of the Turkish-American Students and Friends Association at Southern Illinois University. She is currently volunteering as a teacher for the Turkish School in San Diego. She has also participated in fundraising events for the Bridges to Turkiye Fund. She has been living in San Diego since May of 2013. Her hobbies include photography, hiking, camping, playing the guitar and flute.


pelin.kefel (at) atasc-sd (dot) org

Executive Board Member (2nd Treasurer)


Samet Zihir

Samet is a postdoc fellow at University of California, San Diego. He received the B.S./M.S. degrees in electronics engineering from Sabanci University, Turkey, in 2009/2011 and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from University of California San Diego in 2015. He moved to San Diego in 2009 and has been a board member since March 2016. He enjoys playing pool, volleyball and squash.


samet.zihir (at) atasc-sd (dot) org



Mehmet Uzunkol

Mehmet is a senior RFIC engineer at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. He received the B.S. degree in microelectronics from Sabanci University, Turkey, in 2007, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from University of California San Diego in 2009 and 2013. He moved to San Diego in 2007 and has served as Treasurer in ATASC-SD BOD between 2014 and 2016 April. He enjoys travelling, hiking and sailing.


mehmet.uzunkol (at) atasc-sd (dot) org