WHO AM I? Hello! My name is "KIVANÇ" (pronounced "Kvunch" - kind of sounds like "Crunch"), which is not a chocolate bar brand, but indeed the word for "gladness" in Turkish.
I was raised in the historic streets of the Roman/ Ottoman city of Bursa (Prusa).
Later on, I moved to Istanbul (Constantinople) to attend Bogaziçi University (i.e. the former Robert College), which was the first American College outside of the US.
Later on, I moved to Illinois to live the "American Dream" and earn my Ph.D. in the middle of Midwestern cornfields.
WHAT DO I DO? I have M.S. degrees in both Statistics and Civil Engineering, and I completed my Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which is a top-ranking Civil Engineering department
Currently, I work as an Assistant Professor of Statistics at Syracuse University, Whitman School of Management. My teaching interests include all fields of Applied Statistics and Transportation Engineering. My research interests include Air Transportation Safety, Statistical Modelling of Traffic Flow and Highway Safety.