Üsküdar University’s Engineering and Natural Sciences Faculty has a reputation in behavioral health and sciences with due to its thematic approach in education. The faculty utilizes the 16 years experience and expertize of the NPISTANBUL Brain Hospital to conduct educational courses and interdisciplinary research.
The Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences offers 100% of its courses in English for Computer Engineering, Bioengineering and Industrial Engineering departments for qualified students in English Proficiency. One of two Molecular Biology and Genetics departments teaches in 100% Turkish while the other teaches exclusively in English.
Computer Engineering, as a discipline, covers the structure of computer systems, their design and development as well as the use of these systems. Computer Engineering represents the highest level of design and production, and is continuously developing sub-fields in engineering. Graduates of the Department of Computer Engineering are competent software developers, systems engineers, database administrators, and well equiped to work in research and development.
Despite the diversity in the range of employment options, today’s competitive markets require either the ability to create new business models or the development of new forms of performance specialization. ‘Health Informatics’ is one area in which graduates can make a tremendous difference. Health informatics aims to improve diagnosis techniques and to contribute to the treatment of patients using medical data. Data is obtained via imaging methods and then processed, formatted and shared for evaluation. One of the outstanding current practices in the field of health informatics is “Avatar Modeling.” Using images and the movement of real people Avatar Modeling has revitalized the digital environment. Another concept, the Brain Computer Interface (BCI) approach, allows people to communicate with electronic devices. Data is gathered from different sources and in varying forms such as; in waves from the brain, body temperature, respiratory rate, muscle tension and heart rate. Data is accumulated using electrodes and then analyzed using special computerized methods. Neurobiofeedback is an approach used to visualize the relationship between thoughts and the physical behavior of a person.
Bioengineering is another prominent department that includes the faculties of biomechanics, biomedical, bioelectronics, biomaterials and biochemical systems. Bioengineering applies rapidly developing engineering principles to biological systems. Bioengineering science offers and develops many useful products such as biosensors, biomaterials, industrial enzyme reactors, the production and purification of biopharmaceuticals, biomimetics, biomedical engineering, diagnostic kits, recombinant drugs, imaging systems, medical bioprostheses as well as artificial tissues and organs and resistant surface coating materials for use. For example, the Neurotechnology Research and Application Center serves to contribute new approaches for neurostimulation and neuroimplantation (brain cell) to lead the work in new discoveries.
Graduates are employed in industrial companies operating in various fields of biological sciences and biotechnology and in the agricultural sector as researchers and administrators. In addition, hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry, environmental protection organizations, the Turkish Standards Institute and the Institute of Hygiene, Dentures and Implants are alternative areas in which graduates will be qualified to work. Academia, industry, clinical medicine and government offices also have thriving career options. Bioengineering as a new branch of science in our country and in parallel with recent developments in bioengineering have increased job opportunities for graduates in the coming years.
Industrial Engineering makes system functions possible to use with less industrial waste, more qualified products and less sourcing in order to work them in complex and better. Industrial Engineers are interested in the design of systems, improvements of production functions and setup of these systems which have been emerged by integration of inputs such as human, robotics, process, material, knowledge, device and energy. Industrial Engineer defines the features of a system, forecasts the system and makes efficiency analysis by benchmarking with the rivals. For this purpose, engineers need to integrate both engineering analysis & design basis and mathematics, physics and human science skills. Industrial Engineering comprises several engineering disciplines and requires being flexible and versatile. Alumni would find wide range of jobs in production, energy, transportation, logistics, supply chain, health, automation, control engineering, IT, finance, telecomunication and tourism sectors.
Similarly, the Molecular Biology and Genetics department also aims to produce an education where graduates, following recent developments in these rapidly advancing fields, will develop as visionary communicators, teamwork leaders and entrepreneurs. This program will develop leadership skills that combine creative and authentic thinking with scientific knowledge. During the first two years, students will focus on basic sciences and as well as molecular biology and laboratory application. In the following years, advanced courses of applied molecular biology for genetic engineering and molecular biotechnology will be offered. The department’s animal research unit serves to contribute to ongoing brain research in behavioral studies.
With an advanced level of competence in the field of molecular biology, graduates may work as researchers after completing their post-graduate education. They may also be employed as experts in forensic medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology, private consulting, food industry and clinical research.
The main purpose of Uskudar University’s Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences is to cover the considerably important needs of our country, focusing in particular on health informatics, bioinformatics, biotechnology, genetics, brain mapping and behavioral studies working in collaboration with NPISTANBUL Neuropsychiatry Hospital.