Taskin Kocak received a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Duke University, Durham, NC in 2001. He is currently the Dean of the College of Engineering and a Full Professor in Electrical Engineering at the University of New Orleans, LA. Recently, he served as the Dean of the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences at Bahcesehir University (BAU), Istanbul, Turkey (2014-2017) and before that as the Head of Computer Science and Engineering at BAU (2009-2014). Previously, he was on the faculty of University of Bristol, England and the University of Central Florida (UCF), Orlando, FL. Before joining the academia, he worked as a design engineer at Mitsubishi Electronic America's Semiconductor Division in Raleigh-Durham, NC.
His broad research interests and expertise span the areas of computer systems and computer networks. At BAU, he had several major research projects such as high-performance GPU computing for 10 Gbps communication systems, smart transportation systems, and smart grid communications. At Bristol, his research activities focussed on developing systems and architectures for very high throughput (multi-gigabits per second) wireless networks. At UCF, he contributed significantly to the modeling, simulation, design and implementation of systems and architectures for computer networks. He has over 120 peer-reviewed publications, including 45 journal papers. He served as an associate editor for the Computer Journal published by Oxford University Press as well as the sole guest editor for a special issue of this journal. He served as the lead guest editor for a special issue of the ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems.