Alper Bozkurt

Co-Director, ASSIST Center Distinguished Professor


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

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.

Alper Bozkurt Receives NSF Rules of Life Funding for Mussels Research

Posted on August 8, 2023 | Filed Under: Faculty and Research

The U.S. National Science Foundation has announced funding for Alper Bozkurt’s mussels research under the Using the Rules of Life to Address Societal Challenges program.

Alper Bozkurt Receives 2023 Outstanding Global Engagement Award

Posted on May 9, 2023 | Filed Under: Awards

Alper Bozkurt receives the 2023 Outstanding Global Engagement Award from NC State Global.

Media Mentions

Our Wearable Future

August 23, 2022

What Will New Tech Look Like, and how will it work? Prepare for a future where you and your doctor track your health markers 24/7, manage chronic conditions in real time, and predict incoming illness with incredible precision – all from tiny sensors you’ll wear on your skin and in your clothing.

Assisting guide dogs with data: Guiding Eyes for the Blind

August 26, 2021

A team from North Carolina State University—including Alper Bozkurt—and IBM are working with the non-profit to improve operations.

New Devices, Wearable System Aim to Predict, Prevent Asthma Attacks

June 1, 2016

Researchers have developed an integrated, wearable system that monitors a user’s environment, heart rate and other physical attributes with the goal of predicting and preventing asthma attacks. Alper Bozkurt, Veena Misra, James Dieffenderfer et al., engineering, featured.


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