Alper Bozkurt

 Engineering Building II (EB2) 3070
 Campus Box 7911


Dr. Bozkurt joined NCSU 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

  • 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 - NCSU 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
  • 2015, 2013 - NCSU Chancellor’s Innovation Fund Award
  • 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

Mussel Sensors Pave the Way for New Environmental Monitoring Tools

Posted on April 7, 2021 | Filed Under: Research

ECE and Epidemiology coming together to create a network of mussel cyborgs to serve as environmental sentinels.

Textile Sensor Patch, Made with Conductive Yarns, Could Detect Pressure Points for Amputees

Posted on February 1, 2021 | Filed Under: Research

NC State researchers from Textiles, BME, and ECE sewed a soft, flexible sensor system to help map pressure points on an amputee’s prosthesis.

Alper Bozkurt in his lab
A Smarter Collar

Posted on May 13, 2020 | Filed Under: Research

Wearable data collection systems being developed in the College are empowering guide dog trainers and making a costly, time-consuming process more efficient

Recent Media Mentions

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.

Cyber Cockroaches Wearing Tiny Backpacks as First Responders in Disasters?

November 17, 2015

A recent invention involving cockroaches might help save more lives faster after a natural calamity. An NC State engineer recently tapped the services of the unique insects to possibly help search for victims in the aftermath of disasters. Alper Bozkurt, engineering, featured.


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