Born in Of, Trabzon in 1963, Prof. M. Sondan Durukanoğlu Feyiz graduated from the Physics Department of Istanbul University’s Faculty of Sciences in 1989. She completed her Master’s in Physics at the University of Wisconsin (1992), and her Ph.D. at the Physics department of Kansas State University (1999). From 2000, she continued her academic career as an assistant professor at Istanbul Technical University, becoming an associate professor there in 2006, and in 2011 she became a professor at Sabancı University. Prof. Sondan Durukanoğlu Feyiz, who continues to review papers for prestigious physics journals and acts as a panelist and referee for TUBITAK Research Projects, is also a jury member of the Sustainable Business Awards. She was appointed Rector of Kadir Has University in 2018.
Feyiz, who was the only female in 1991 to receive the Ministry of Education scholarship to study abroad in the field of physics (1991-1995), was also a recipient of the TUBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) Research Fellow Support Funding (BİDEP scholarship) and received the TÜBA (Turkish Academy of Sciences) Coursebook Translation Award (2010).
During her doctoral studies, Feyiz served as a faculty member at Kansas State University from 1994 to 1997, as a research assistant at the same university from 1997 to 1999, and as a postdoctoral research assistant during 1999 and 2000. Feyiz has held numerous positions such as Member of the Senate Accreditation Committee of Istanbul Technical University (2002-2006); Visiting Scientist at Kansas State University (Summer 2002); Assistant Editor in Chief of Istanbul Technical University Bulletin (2002-2007); Visiting Assoc. Prof. of Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (2007-2009); Senior Researcher at Feza Gürsey Institute (2007-2009) and, co-translator of Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by David J. Griffiths (2010). She became an Assoc. Prof. of Physics at Sabancı University (2010-2011), and served as an Executive Board Member of the Nanotechnology Research and Application Center at Sabancı University (2014-2016), as the Chair of the Quality Assurance and Strategy Committee of Sabancı University (2015-2018) and, as the Vice Rector of Sabancı University responsible for Education, International Relations, Individual and Academic Support and Summer Schools (2011-2018).
Feyiz, whose main research focus and subjects of interest are Mechanical, Thermodynamic, Electronic and Structural Properties of Metal Nanowires and Nanotubes; Characteristics of Nanoscale Growth on Metal Surfaces; Structural and Vibrational Properties of Metal Surfaces and; Metal Surface - Molecular Interactions, most recently published “Shape-controlled growth of metal nanoparticles: an atomistic view” (M. Konuk and S. Durukanoğlu, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 18, 1876 -2016-). Professor M. Sondan Durukanoğlu Feyiz has twenty-one publications.