How is the Weather in Near Earth Space? I Love My Sun
Yurdanur Tulunay


11 Dec. 1940; in İstanbul, Turkey


1963; Diploma in Eng. Degree in Physics, Ankara University
1968; MSc in Nuclear Physics, Fordham University ,USA
1972; PhD in Space Research, Birmingham University, UK

Academic Qualifications

1974; Assistant Professor, Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara
1978; Associate Professor, Middle East Technical University, Ankara
1984; Professor, İstanbul Technical University , İstanbul
1994-present; Professor, Middle East Technical University, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, Ankara
1997-2005; Dean, Faculty of Aeronautical and Astronautical Eng., İstanbul Technical Univ., İstanbul

Academic experience

Research and development projects in the Universities already mentioned and also at U. of California, NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, USA; CLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK; Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), Japan.

Teaching and leading R&D projects in METU Ankara, Selçuk Univ., Konya, and Fırat Univ., Elazığ.

Dr.Tulunay founded the Astronautics Department in İTÜ in 1986. She has refereed, evaluated and reviewed projects in the EU Framework Programme (FP6) on Space Weather and Earth Observation from Space; ESF Network; NATO Research Grants; NATO ASI; Fulbright Scholarships. She also referees articles for several international publications.

Having served on numerous committees, she had gained extensive administrative experience in her capacities as Faculty Senator, Department Head, Associate Dean and Dean. In particular, she has been member of Management Committees (MC) and Panels in several international scientific foundations and activities such as NATO, COST, ESF, EU FP6, EU FP7, IHY etc. between 1990 and 2015. She belonged to several Turkish, European, and American Physics and Geophysical Societies, including AIAA; EGU, KALDER-Turkish Society for Quality.

Interests and achievements

Dr. Tulunay has been carrying out research, teaching and outreach activities, promoting aerospace engineering curricula on space physics and effects of space weather on Near Earth Space bound and Earth bound biological and technological systems. This interest was kindled in 1968, when she was involved in the management and operational committees of Ariel 3 and Ariel 4 satellites.

Dr. Tulunay, has served as “National Project Manager”, “member”, “reviewer”, “evaluvator”, “rapporteur” in the “EU FP7 Space Advisory Group”, “International Heliophysical Year (IHY) European Section”. She was also one of the two EC Independent Expert reviewers of the FP6 Integrated Project on Security Call. It is interesting to know that just before the SAFEE ended, YT was invited to a “lunch advisory working meeting” at the European Parliament.

She has published numerous scientific and engineering articles in internationally SCI monitored, peer reviewed journals, articles in books, peer reviewed proceedings of international meetings. She has been referred by hundreds of citations; made by other independent authors.

Dr. Tulunay was awarded the METU PROF. DR. Mustafa N. Parlar Education and Research Foundation Science Award in 1996.