Umran Inan

Position : Professor
Bio :

Professor of Electrical Engineering
Director of the VLF Group
Director of the STAR Laboratory


  • B.S., Middle East Technical University, Turkey (1972)
  • M.S., Middle East Technical University, Turkey (1973)
  • Ph.D., Stanford University (1977) Ph.D Thesis

Professional Experience

  • 9/09-present      President, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 9/97- 7/10          Director, Space, Telecommunications and Radioscience (STAR) Laboratory
  • 9/92-present     Professor of Electrical Engineering (EE), Stanford University
  • 9/85-8/92           Associate Professor of EE, Stanford University
  • 9/82-8/85           Assistant Professor of EE, Stanford University
  • 2/81-3/81           Research Associate, EE Dept., Stanford University
  • 4/81-8/82           Acting Assistant Professor of EE, Stanford University
  • 9/80-1/81           Assistant Professor of EE, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 9/78-8/80           Acting Assistant Professor of EE, Stanford University
  • 9/77-8/78           Research Affiliate, EE Dept., Stanford University

Refereed Publications

Author of over 323 refereed scientific/technical papers

1st author on 54 papers; 2nd author on 181 papers (mostly with PhD student as first author)


  • Engineering Electromagnetics, Addison Wesley, July 1998
  • Electromagnetic Waves, Prentice Hall, August 1999
  • Principles of Plasma Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Cambridge Press, January 2011
  • Numerical Electromagnetics, Cambridge Press, March 2011

Honors and Awards

  • Special Science Award by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, December 2011
  • Member, Turkish Academy of Sciences, December 2010
  • Special Science Award of the Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey, July 2010 
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society, December 2009
  • Appleton Prize of the International Union of Radio Science and Royal Society of London, July 2008
  • Allan Cox Medal of Stanford for Faculty Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research, June 2007
  • Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), December 2006
  • Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), November 2006
  • European Space Agency (ESA) Certificate of Recognition (CLUSTER), September 2005
  • NASA Group Achievement Award (CLUSTER), August 2004
  • Ionospheric Effects Symposium, Most Outstanding Paper Award, May 1999
  • Stanford Tau Beta Pi Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching June 1998
  • NASA Group Achievement Award (POLAR), June 1998
  • NSF and Department of the Navy Antarctic Service Medal, August 1993
  • Young Scientist Award of the International Union of Radio Science, September 1984
  • NASA Group Achievement Award (Dynamics Explorer), October 1983
  • Outstanding service award of the Electrical Engineering Department for excellence in teaching (1978)

Research Activities

Principal investigator on several research grants sponsored by Office of Naval Research (ONR), NSF Division of Polar Programs, NSF Division of Atmospheric Sciences, NASA Space Physics Division, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Air Force Geophysics Laboratory. Current research projects include: (i) optical observations of high altitude plasma discharges and optical emissions known as sprites and elves, (ii) ground based VLF remote sensing of lightning-induced disturbances in ionospheric plasma and precipitation of energetic electrons at multiple sites across the United States, Canada and Antarctic, (iii) studies of HF radio wave heating of ionospheric plasma, (iv) interpretation of plasma wave and energetic particle data from low and high altitude satellites, (v) theoretical modeling of gyroresonant wave-particle interactions in the magnetosplasma, (vi) ELF/VLF observations of plasma waves at unmanned observatories in Antarctica and on ocean-based autonomous buoys, and (vii) investigations and computer simulation of energy efficiency of plasma display panels.


Professor Inan has taught courses on Engineering Electromagnetics (EE141), Electromagnetic Waves (EE142), Elementary Plasma Physics (EE356), and Numerical Electromagnetics (EE256). In previous years he has also taught a number of other courses, including Fourier Transforms and Applications (EE261), Microwave Engineering (EE246), Antennas for Telecommunications and Remote Sensing (EE252), and Statistical Signal Processing (EE278).

Professional Organizations and Service Outside Stanford

  • Vice-President of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI)
  • Immediate Past Chair of the United States National Committee (USNC) of URSI
  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Chairman, United States National Committee (USNC) of URSI, 2002-2005
  • International Chairman of Commission H (Waves in Plasmas) of URSI, 2002-2005
  • Chairman, Commission H of USNC/URSI, 1996-1999
  • U. S. Representative to the Solar Terrestrial and Astrophysical Research Working Group of the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR), 1998-2004
  • Member, American Physical Society
  • Member, The Electromagnetics Academy, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi

University Service

  • Member, Executive Committee of Electrical Engineering Department, 1997-2009
  • Director, Space, Telecomunications and Radioscience Laboratory, 1997-2009
  • Elected First Alternate Member, Stanford University Senate, 2008-2010
  • Chairman, Broad Area Faculty Search Committee for EE Department, 2002-2003
  • Elected Member, Stanford University Senate, 2004-06
  • Chair, Broad Area Faculty Search Committee of the EE Department, 2002-04
  • Chairman, Committee on Research of the Academic Council, 1998-2000
  • Member, Committee on Research of the Academic Council, 1996-1998




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Phone: (650) 723-4994, (650) 723-9251 (fax)

Administrative Associate

Shaolan Min
(650) 723-7712


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Graduate Info
Graduation date : August 1, 1977