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Erdem Topsakal

Central Virginia Node Director

Erdem Topsakal is a professor and chairman of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University. His area of research has a focus on medical applications for applied electromagnetics, and includes microwave early cancer detection and monitoring, microwave hyperthermia and ablation, wireless medical telemetry and e-health, medical applications of microfluidics, novel microwave antennas and arrays, research thrusts in military simulation software, antenna and radar design, and applications of computational electromagnetics.

Topsakal has held positions such as chair of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences and chair of the U.S. National Committee International Union for Radio Science Commission K. He has received research grant funding totaling more than $9 million and has given more than 20 invited talks at institutions around the world.

Topsakal received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D., all in electrical and communications engineering, from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul; and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Michigan. He completed Harvard University’s management development program in 2016.