Kenan Sahin

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Kenan Sahin
Citizenship Turkish
Alma mater MIT Sloan School of Management
Occupation Businessman
This article is about scientist. For soccer player, see Kenan Şahin (footballer).

Kenan Eyup Sahin is a Turkish scientist and entrepreneur in the United States.

After graduating from Robert College of Istanbul, he received both his B.S. (1963) and Ph.D. degrees (1968) from the MIT Sloan School of Management and then taught on the faculties of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst until 1985.

In 1982, Sahin founded Kenan Systems with a $1,000 personal investment and no outside funding, a company that grew to employ more than 900 people by 1999. In 1999 Kenan Systems was acquired by Lucent Technologies.[1] He then became President of Lucent's Software Products Group and Vice President of Software Technology at Bell Labs,.[2] In December 2000, Sahin left Lucent,[3] and in late 2001, Lucent sold the assets of the former Kenan Systems to CSG Systems for US$300 million[4] In 2002, Kenan took over the Technology & Innovation business of Arthur D. Little, a consulting firm which was founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1886 and transformed it into TIAX, a leading technology development company.[5] Under Sahin's leadership, TIAX is a laboratory-based technology development company headquartered in Lexington, MA with non-laboratory offices in Cupertino and Irvine, CA.[6]

In November 1999, Dr. Sahin donated $100 million to his alma mater, MIT, in an unrestricted gift. The gift was the largest ever received by MIT and one of the largest in higher education at that time.[7]

Dr. Sahin was chosen by the World Economic Forum as one of its 40 Technology Pioneers for 2003 and received the New England Business[8] and Technology’s first “Circle of Excellence” award in 2004.[9]

In 2006, Sahin was selected as the recipient of the 29th Annual Golden Door Award by the International Institute of Boston.[10]

Dr. Sahin serves, or has served on, numerous non-profit boards, including those of the Council on Competitiveness (CoC), MIT (for whom he is a life member),[11] Argonne National Laboratory, the Boston Museum of Science, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Symphony, and the American Field Service. He is also on the Steering Committee of the CoC’s Energy Security, Innovation & Sustainability Initiative; and on the External Advisory Board of MIT’s Energy Initiative.[12]


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