Bayram, a graduate student at the Center for Quantum Devices at Northwestern University in Ilinois, shared the 2009 award with Michael Grant after his work developing semiconductor-based energy-efficient high performance optoelectronic device technologies impressed the judges.
Originally from Turkey, Bayram came to Northwestern after graduating with a batchelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Bilkent University in Ankara, and chose the centre because of the reputation of its director, Manijeh Razeghi, “a world-leading authority” in that field, he says.
His PhD work, he says, advanced the performance and durability of key components (including ultraviolet photodiodes and visible light emitting diodes) used in aeronautics and astronautics.
Bayram now works as a research scientist at IBM TJ Watson Research Centre at Yorktown Heights, New York. The Boeing award, he says, “has brought world-wide exposure to my work and enabled broadening my vision. After the Boeing award, I have established strong collaborations including those with Boeing, Dow Chemical, and IBM extending my contributions into terahertz wavelength technologies.”
He adds: “When I look back, I clearly see that Boeing award played a major role in my continuing success to date. Thanks to the interdisciplinary and multi-national nature of Boeing, I recommend all my colleagues – contributing to aerospace technologies – apply for this most distinguished award. Now is the most important time to do so; Boeing recognises your accomplishments of yesterday, for you to achieve more tomorrow.”