Umran Inan

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Ümran Savaş İnan[1]
Alma materMiddle East Technical University
Known forİnan Peak
AwardsAllan V. Cox Medal of Stanford for Faculty Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research (2007)
Scientific career
FieldsGeosciences and VLF Electromagnetic radiation
Doctoral advisorRobert Helliwell

Ümran Savaş İnan (1950 in Erzincan, Turkey) is a scientist at Koç University and Stanford University in the field of geophysics and very low frequency radio science. He received from Stanford in 1977 under the tutelage of Robert Helliwell. Since Fall 2009, İnan has been the president of Koç University.

Life and career[edit]

Ümran İnan received his Bachelor's in 1972 and M.S. in 1973 from the Middle East Technical University. He conducted his doctoral research during four years at Stanford University, receiving his PhD in 1977 from Electrical Engineering. Ümran İnan later joined the staff of Stanford University as Research Affiliate and in 1982 was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. He became associate professor in 1985 and receiving the professor title at Stanford University in 1992.

In 1997 he was appointed Director of Space, Telecommunications and Radio Science Laboratories (STAR) connected to the Stanford University and continued his duty here until September 2009. During his academic career at Stanford he worked in areas geophysics, near-space, ionospheric and atmospheric physics, radiation belts, electromagnetic wave-particle interaction, and very low frequency radioscience. İnan has had about 50 PhD students so far.

He has been the president of Koç University since 2009. Currently, the research group at Stanford University is conducting observations from over 50 different spots on seven continents and also from a variety of world-orbiting satellites. He became Professor Emeritus at Stanford in 2011, and remains active there along with his duties at Koç University.

İnan has over 323 refereed scientific and technical papers.[2]

With his brother, Aziz İnan, he has authored three textbooks on electromagnetics:

The first two textbooks were then combined into a second edition, Engineering Electromagnetics and Waves, by the same two authors along with Ryan Said.

Membership and awards[edit]

Umran İnan has been active member of various organizations since 1973 and he has been awarded by many institutions so far.

As a member of International Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, International Radio Science Association, The American Physics Society, The Electromagnetic Academy, Academy of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi Academy and TUBA, he was also awarded by Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA with group achievement award in years 1983, 1998 and 2004.

Research at Stanford[edit]

Research activities at Stanford include

  • Effects of lightning on the ionosphere and magnetosphere
  • Precipitating electrons from the radiation belts caused by VLF waves, both natural (lightning) and manmade (VLF transmitters)
  • Generation of ELF/VLF waves with the HAARP facility in Alaska
  • Wave-particle interactions between ELF/VLF waves and energetic radiation belt particles
  • VLF remote sensing of ionospheric disturbances from cosmic gamma-ray sources
  • AWESOME ELF/VLF instrument distribution under the International Heliophysical Year
  • Investigation of naturally generated chorus and hiss waves in the ELF/VLF band

İnan Peak[edit]

Inan Peak rising to 2,451 metres (8,041 ft) 1.15 miles (1.85 km) west of Mount Kempe in the Royal Society Range of Victoria Land, Antarctica was named after him by the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names in 1994.[3]


  1. ^ Ümran İnan was elected to The American Physical Society Fellow in 2009 for his outstanding contributions to the understanding of nonlinear whistler-mode wave-particle interactions, the physics of lightning-ionosphere interactions, and lightning-driven loss of radiation belt electrons.
  2. ^ "Stanford VLF Group Database". Retrieved 2012-02-29.
  3. ^ "İnan Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-07-06.

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