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Kivanç Avrenli

Assistant Professor of Statistics

315-443-8022
Room: 539
kaavrenl@syr.edu

Ph D, Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana Champsign (Civil Engineering)

Avrenli earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from Bogaziçi University (formerly Robert College) in Istanbul, Turkey, the first American college established outside of the borders of the U.S. He obtained a second M.S. degree in statistics and his Ph.D. in civil engineering with an emphasis on commercial aviation safety from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Research Topics

  • Applied and mathematical statistics
  • Probability theory
  • Commercial aviation safety
  • Traffic flow modeling

Avrenli's teaching interests focus on applied statistical methods, probability theory, statistical modeling and design of experiments. Prior to Whitman, he taught Applied Statistics and Probability at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was included seven consecutive times with an "outstanding" rating in the “List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students.” In 2014, he received the Alumni Award in Teaching Excellence. At Whitman, he will teach courses in managerial statistics.

Commercial Aviation Safety, Adaptive Flight Planning, Empirical Modelling of Aircraft-Bird Strikes, Traffic Flow Modelling, Highway Safety.

Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

  • "OUTSTANDING” Rating in the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Students - Center for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (2015)
  • Dissertation Completion Grant - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015)
  • Daniel P. Fambro Student Paper Award - Institute of Transportation Engineers, Midwestern Section (2015)
  • Best Graduate Research Paper Award - Institute of Transportation Engineers, Illinois Section (2015)
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence - Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (2014)
  • Dissertation Travel Grant - Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014)
  • Collegiate Traffic Bowl Competition - Institute of Transportation Engineers, Midwestern Section (2010)
  • Deanery Special Award for Teaching Excellence - Faculty of Engineering at Boğaziçi University (2006)