Elif Sertel is a Professor at Geomatics Engineering Department of Istanbul Technical University. She received her bachelor’s degree from Istanbul Technical University where she was ranked as the first student among 2002 Geodesy and Photogrammetry Engineering graduates. She received her master’s degree (2004) and doctoral degree (2008) in Geomatics Engineering from the Istanbul Technical University.
She conducted her PhD dissertation work at Rutgers University, USA as a Fulbright Scholar. She is the first Geomatics Engineer selected for Fulbright scholarship in Turkey. She investigated impact of land cover change especially due to the urbanization on regional climate in her PhD study. She held post-doctoral researcher position at Rutgers University. Dr. Sertel became an Assistant Professor at Istanbul Technical University in July 2009. She was entitled as Associate Professor in April 2010 and Professor in March 2016.
She held the Director position at Istanbul Technical University - Center for Satellite Communications and Remote Sensing (ITU-CSCRS) between 2012 and 2021, where she was the Vice-Director between 2009 and 2012. Prof. Sertel has been serving as an expert and Vice-Chair for the evaluation of European Union (EU) projects.
Prof. Sertel received Outstanding Young Scientist Award from Turkish Academy of Sciences in 2017 (TÜBA-GEBİP 2017) and she is the first Scientist received this award in Geomatics Engineering field.
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Conducting research on new technological developments specifically on satellite technologies.
Traveling abroad to different foreign countries to see different cultures, architecture and natural beauties.
Watching movies and TV series.