Metin Türkay is the founder of SmartOpt. Metin holds a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University (1996) and MS (1991) and BS degrees (1989) from Middle East Technical University.
He is currently working at Koç Universty and before joining Koç University in 2000 where he set up Systems Lab, he was a principal consultant for optimization technologies at Mitsubishi Corporation Mizushima Research Center. His doctoral work on computational and system theories was selected to be the most innovative thesis among all PhD dissertations completed in US and received the 1997 Ted Peterson Student Paper Award. He is also the recipient of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) Career Award (2005), the TÜBİTAK Encouragement Award (2006), Turkey’s first IBM Shared University Research Award (2007), the IBM Faculty Award (2009) and the Open Collaborative Research Award by IBM Haifa Research (2012).