Dr. Oralkan joined the faculty at the North Carolina State University in January 2012. His research interests are at the interface of electrical engineering and the life sciences, particularly on using integrated circuits and underlying technologies to implement medical devices and supporting systems for diagnostics and therapy. More specifically, his current research focuses on developing devices and systems for ultrasound imaging, photoacoustic imaging, image-guided therapy, biological and chemical sensing, and ultrasound neural stimulation.

Prior to joining NC State, he was a Research Associate (2004-2007) and then a Senior Research Associate (2007-2011) in the E. L. Ginzton Laboratory at Stanford University, where he worked on capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducers. He also served as an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Santa Clara University, CA (2009-2011).


  • Ph.D. 2004
    Electrical Engineering
    Stanford University
  • Master's 1997
    Electrical Engineering
    Clemson University
  • Bachelor's 1995
    Electrical Engineering
    Bilkent University, Turkey

Awards & Honors

  • 2024 - Alcoa Foundation Distinguished Engineering Research Award
  • 2024 - AIMBE Fellow
  • 2023 - IEEE Fellow
  • 2022 - IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award – Advanced Career
  • 2016 - William F. Lane Outstanding Teacher Award, ECE Department, NC State University
  • 2013 - Young Faculty Award - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • 2002 - Outstanding Paper Award - IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society

Recent News

Oralkan Elected to AIMBE College of Fellows

Posted on March 25, 2024 | Filed Under: Faculty

Omer Oralkan elected to College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering for pioneering contributions in capacitative micromachined ultrasonic transducers.

Bandodkar and Oralkan Receive IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award

Posted on September 16, 2022 | Filed Under: Awards

Two of our faculty members, Ömer Oralkan and Amay Bandodkar, have been awarded the Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Sensors Council! 

NC State ECE Faculty Members Ranked as Top Electronics and Electrical Engineers in United States

Posted on March 3, 2022 | Filed Under: News

Fourteen ECE faculty members have been ranked as the Top Electronics and Electrical Engineering Scientists in the United States.


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