Dr. Bozkurt joined NC State in August 2010. His research interests include development of microscale sensors, actuators and methodologies to unlock the mysteries of biological systems with an aim of engineering these systems directly or developing new engineering approaches by learning from these systems.

Prior to joining to NC State, Dr.Bozkurt performed research at Cornell University (2006-2010) to interface microtechnologies with metamorphic development of insects for building remotely controlled biobotic organisms (insect cyborgs). His previous research at Drexel University (2002-2004) included the development of functional near infrared spectroscopy systems for brain-machine interfaces to augment cognition and for clinical monitoring of the newborn brain in neonatal intensive care units.

(More information about these research is available at Dr.Bozkurt's website).


  • Ph.D. 2010
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Cornell University, Ithaca
  • Master's 2004
    Biomedical Engineering
    Drexel University, Philadelphia
  • Bachelor's 2001
    Electrical and Electronics Engineering
    Bogazici University, Istanbul

Awards & Honors

  • 2023, 2015, 2013 - NC State Chancellor’s Innovation Fund Award
  • 2022 - NC State Outstanding Global Engagement Award
  • 2020 - University Faculty Scholar
  • 2016 - Best Paper Finalist, IEEE Conference on Wireless Sensors and Sensor Networks
  • 2016 - IEEE Sensors Council Young Professional Award
  • 2016 - NSF CAREER Award
  • 2015 - Best Paper Award, IEEE Body Sensor Networks Conference
  • 2015 - IBM Faculty Award
  • 2015 - NC State William F. Lane Outstanding Teaching Award
  • 2015 - Popular Science Brilliant 10 List
  • 2014 - Best Paper Award, The Government Microcircuit Applications & Critical Technology Conference
  • 2013 - Best Paper Finalist, IEEE Conference on Bio-medical Wireless Technologies, Networks, and Sensing Systems
  • 2016, 2009 - Best Paper Finalist, IEEE International Conference on Engineering in Medicine and Biology
  • 2008 - Best poster award in Cornell Nanoscience Facility Annual Meeting
  • 2008 - Donald Kerr Award from Cornell University
  • 2007 - Official consultant for the Disney Movie “G-Force” produced by Jerry Bruckheimer
  • 2004 - Honorable Mention in Drexel University Research Day
  • 2001 - Calhoun Fellowship from Drexel University

Recent News

VOC Sensor on Plant
ASSIST and IConS Researchers Part of NSF Convergence Accelerator Grant

Posted on February 20, 2024 | Filed Under: Faculty and News and Research

It seems almost impossible to imagine replicating the impressive olfactory sensing abilities of animals. Indeed, jewel beetles can detect a burning tree 50 miles away, and dogs can sniff out substances at concentrations of one part per tril …

close-up image of locust
With a $4.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, researchers aim to develop a “cyborg,” or mobile robot or drone that can mimic locusts’ behaviors. Photo courtesy of the Raman lab.
Alper Bozkurt and Team Win $4.3M Grant

Posted on October 25, 2023 | Filed Under: News and Research

A multidisciplinary team led by researchers at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) has received a $4.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Strategies for Understandin …

Alper Bozkurt Receives Chancellor Innovation Fund

Posted on September 1, 2023 | Filed Under: Awards

Alper Bozkurt’s wearable “EKG” for dogs research has been selected to receive the Chancellor’s Innovation Fund for the third year.

Media Mentions

NC State innovation on display at CES 2024 in Las Vegas

January 11, 2024

North Carolina’s innovation is on display internationally, including work coming out of the ASSIST Center featured at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Stress Monitors for Plants Can Spot Dehydration

December 11, 2023

In a forthcoming paper to be published in IEEE Transactions on AgriFood Electronics(TAFE), James Reynolds, a postdoctoral research scholar at NC State’s iBionicS Lab and first author of the paper, and fellow researchers at North Carolina State University explored how plant tissue’s impeding of electrical current can be monitored to identify plants under stress with relative immediacy—less than an hour, in some cases.

Energy Harvesting for Wearable Technology Steps Up

November 1, 2023

Wearable devices, like nearly every other piece of tech, need energy. Fortunately, though, at wearables’ modest power budgets, energy is effectively everywhere. It’s in the sun’s rays and radio waves, the skin’s sweat and body heat, a person’s motion and their footfalls. And today, technology is maturing to the point that meaningful amounts of these energy giveaways can be harvested to liberate wearables from ever needing a battery. Which seems plenty attractive to a range of companies and researchers.


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