Dr. Erdem Topsakal
Convergence Lab Co-Director
Senior Assoc. Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Enrollment
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Erdem Topsakal , PhD.
Dr. Erdem Topsakal received his BSc. degree in 1991, M.Sc. degree in 1993, and PhD degree in 1996 all in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Istanbul Technical University. He worked as an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department at Istanbul Technical University between 1997 and 1998. He was a post-doctoral fellow from 1998 to 2001 and an assistant research scientist from 2001 to July 2003 in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of the University of Michigan. In August 2003, he joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of James Worth Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University as an Assistant Professor and worked at the same institution until May 2015. He currently serves as the Senior Associate Dean at the College of Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University responsible for Strategic initiatives and enrollment. Before that, he was the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Chair at VCU between May 2015 and July 2022. His research areas include antenna design and analysis for military and medical applications. He has published over 200 journal and conference papers, book chapters, and a book in these areas. He is the recipient of the URSI Young Scientist Award in 1996, the NATO fellowship in 1997, the Mississippi State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Outstanding Educator Award in 2008, the Bagley College of Engineering Research Paper of the Year Award in 2009, and the 2010/2011 Mississippi State University State Pride Award in addition to about 16 awards with his undergraduate and graduate students. He served as the Associate Editor for IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters (AWPL) from 2006-2015, Associate Editor for URSI Radio Science Bulletin 2011-2014, and Chair for URSI-USNC Commission K, Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine from 2012-2015. He is currently the Chair of the USNC URSI student paper competition and serves on the steering committee for IEEE J-ERM (Journal of Electromagnetics), RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Digital Communications and serves as the Director of the Central Virginia Node of Commonwealth Cyber Initiative. He was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors VCU Chapter in 2022 based on his patents in implantable biosensors.