İrfan Aloğlu serves as the Team Leader of OPINA. He brings over 30 years of management experience from the automotive sector where he served both OEMs and suppliers as a high level manager and managing director. His areas of expertise are product development, R&D, business development and plant and production management, both in local and international markets. Holding a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Boğaziçi University, İrfan has completed the Marmara University Contemporary Business Management Program, Koc Group IDEA Management Development Program, German VDA 6.3 Auditor Program, VCA ISO 9001 Assessment Certificate Program and many other training programs.
Ramu Motukuri serves as the Software Leader of OPINA. He has over 18 years of industry experience in the areas of Automotive Embedded software development and testing technology, working in the product domain areas of powertrain, braking, steering, ADAS and body control systems. Ramu has served in many roles from software engineer to program manager throughout his career. He holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University and a post graduate diploma in Project Management and PMP certification from PMI. He has extensive knowledge on software development and testing in the area of algorithm development, applications development, communication protocols, diagnostics, RTOS, AUTOSAR, ISO26262, MISRA, MATLAB/SIMULINK tools usage for algorithm development, MIL and SIL simulation, and HIL testing with Labcar and dSpace environments. He brings with him industry experience from Bosch India, TCS, iGate and Tech Mahindra.
Elif Alpoge joins OPINA as a Content Editorial Expert, bringing over 19 years of experience as a developmental and content editor and editorial consultant. Her work has ranged from foreign policy, human rights and cultural articles for publications such as National Geographic and the Smithsonian to clinical, biomedical and telecommunications engineering research articles that have been published in top-tier scientific and medical journals. She is also a biomedical research scientist, having authored a number of publications, and a biotech entrepreneur. She has served as a board member for a number of startup and institutional organizations that spearhead advances in blood banking, digital healthcare and biomedical research as well as on the boards of a number of nongovernmental non-profit organizations that focus on gender equality, equity and parity, tech literacy, education and socio-economic development, in both the US and Turkey. Elif holds a B.Sc. in Physics and Biochemistry from Beloit College and pursued a M.Sc. in Biophysics at the University of Barcelona.
İsmail Cem Atalay
İsmail Cem Atalay joins OPINA as a Automotive Technology Expert and has 22 years of experience in ICT and mobility domains. He has worked in ICT technology and project management with both public institutions and private industry since 1998. In 2013, he was the principal co-founder of Progin Technologies, which concentrated on the development of ADAS, autonomous mobility and V2X communication solutions. Since 2018, he has been working in business development management and R&D consulting for automotive, telecom and IoT companies such as Farplas, TUBİTAK and Compro. Throughout his career, İsmail Cem’s main technical experience has been in algorithm design, automotive/wireless embedded systems, signal processing and network protocols. He is the author of 3 academic publications and the owner and contributor of 4 patents in the fields of ICT and automotive technology. He graduated from Boğaziçi University in 1996 with a B.Sc. degree in Electronic Engineering and an M.BA. degree in 1998. In 2012, he earned a M.Sc. in Electronics Engineering from Sabancı University. Between 2003 and 2005, he conducted research in Wireless Sensor Networks at Imperial College London.
S. Çağlar Başlamışlı
S. Çağlar Başlamışlı joins OPINA as a Automotive Systems Testing Expert and brings over 21 years of experience in mechanical engineering. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey and is the General Manager of Versus Engineering, a company active in system modeling and control design for automotive systems. Çağlar’s current research interests include vehicle design, electric and hybrid vehicles, vehicle dynamics simulation and control, and testing of autonomous vehicles. In 1999, he graduated from the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Middle East Technical University (ODTU) and received a M.Sc. from the same department in 2001. In 2007, Cağlar was awarded a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Boğaziçi University.
İsmail Bayezit joins OPINA as a Supply Expert and brings over 14 years of experience in advanced vehicle technologies. He is currently an Assistant Professor and Vice-Chair at the Department of Aeronautics Engineering. He has worked on many private sector and academic projects on vehicle dynamics modelling and control, real-time autonomous software development, automation and control of aerial and marine systems, model based software designs and testing of cars. His current research interests include vehicle dynamics simulation, collaborative and connected systems, intelligent transportation systems, and developing model based software and hardware design and validation strategies for autonomous platforms. İsmail received his B.EEng. and Master’s degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University (ITU) and was awarded his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Barışcan Güngör joins OPINA as a Software Architecture Expert, bringing over 10 years of software design, system architecture, and leadership experience in high profile companies, such as eBay, Turkcell, etc. He is currently the Managing Director of Originium Technology, an Amazon AWS Solution Partner and serves as a Startup Mentor at the Istanbul Technical University Technopark Seed Incubator. He has formerly invested in a number of startups and founded three, including a SaaS integration automation platform (NVidia Inception Member) and a blockchain security and governance company. Barışcan is a graduate of Mathematical Engineering and Computer Science from Yıldız Technical University and Cardiff University and holds a Master’s degree from the Department of Management Information Systems at Boğaziçi University, where he is currently also an instructor and is concurrently continuing his Ph.D. in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain.
Selcan Uğur Oruç
Selcan Uğur Oruç joins OPINA as a Communications and Media Expert, bringing over 15 years of experience in communications and public relations for Turkish and EU funded governmental socioeconomic development programs. She leads OPINA’s communication strategy as well as internal and external communications. Her work with socioeconomic project development began in 2006 with the UNICEF-funded The Girls’ Education Campaign (Haydi Kizlar Okula), organized by the General Directorate of Primary Education for the Ministry of National Education in Turkey. Since then, she has worked on high-profile governmental programs and European Union projects as communications consultant. Her work has included projects with the United Nations Development Programme, the Turkish Ministry of Labor and Social Security, United Nations Population Fund in Turkey, the Directorate of EU Affairs for the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, the Directorate of the European Union and Financial Assistance for the Turkish Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services, the Turkish Union of Municipalities. Selcan holds a B.A. in French Language and Literature from Hacettepe University from 2003 and an AA in Branding Communications.
Oya Özarslan joins OPINA as a Legal and Intellectual Property Management Expert, bringing to the team more than 20 years of experience, qualified as both a Turkish and US attorney (New York Bar) and certified by CCEP-I (Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional-International) as an International Compliance Professional. She advises clients on corporate, insurance services and compliance matters and has acted on numerous significant transactions in Turkey as well as across the wider EMEA region. Her compliance work is focused on business integrity and data privacy. She has created compliance tools that are widely used in the private sector and has authored a number of publications. She is experienced in fraud investigations and establishing integrity infrastructures, as well as ethics and compliance training and preparation of ethics programs for corporations. In her capacity as an international governance expert, Oya co-chaired the G20 Governance Task Force during the presidency of the Republic of Turkey and has been involved in Turkey’s country review processes for the EU, UNCAC, OECD Conventions and GRECO. Oya has acted as a key expert in EU technical assistance projects for developing ethics codes and performing comparative analysis with ethical standards in EU countries. She has also been a key expert for an EU project tasked with analysing corruption prone industries and transactions with higher corruption risks. She sits on the International Board of Directors of Transparency International, where she serves as a Chair of Board’s Ethics Committee and a member of Governance Committees and is the Chair of Transparency International Turkey. Oya holds a LL.B. from the faculty of Law at Ankara University and a LL.M. from the School of Law at the University of Texas at Austin.
Harun Buğra Sağlam
Buğra Saglam joins OPINA as a Supply Expert and has 15 years of experience in embedded systems, which are mainly system development and integration projects in automotive and aviation. He has extensive knowledge about system design and architecture, development, and functional safety. After graduating from the Electrical-Electronics Engineering Department from Middle East Technical University (ODTU), he completed a Master’s degree in Engineering Management and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Platooning of Autonomous Vehicles.
Hasan Can Saral
Hasan Can Saral joins OPINA as a Software Design Expert and brings 10 years of experience in software development and engineering, focusing in data science, machine learning and web application development. Having founded two startups and successfully exiting with one, Mr. Saral has extensive experience on lean and agile software projects. Hasan Can Saral holds his B.Sc. degree from Sabancı University in Computer Science and Engineering and has a M.Sc. degree in Management from the London Business School and currently serves as the General Manager of Nerodata Technology Ltd. a software company with offices located in London, UK and Istanbul, Turkey.
Klaus Werner Schmidt
Klaus Werner Schmidt joins OPINA as a Vehicle Dynamics and Simulation Expert. He is currently a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Middle East Technical University, Ankara. His research interests include control for autonomous vehicles, industrial communication networks, intelligent transportation systems, supervisory control for discrete event systems, industrial automation systems and industrial project control. He currently also serves as an Associate Editor for the journal of Discrete Event Dynamic Systems. Klaus received his B.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical, electronic, and communication engineering from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, in 2002 and 2005, respectively.
Tom Weber joins OPINA as a Cluster Expert. He has extensive cluster experience, having created two networks in Germany and having helped establish a third one in Eastern Europe, before joining OPINA. A graduate of communications engineering, Tom has spent his entire business career in the sales and marketing of complex technical goods, from radio communication test sets across automotive electronics to automated systems for the printing industry. When describing his role on the project, he usually says “Trying to prevent all the mistakes from being repeated that have already been made…”