Faculty Faction: Dr. Coskun Bayrak

Dr. Coskun BayrakWith great excitement, we would like to introduce the new Chairperson of the Computer Science and Information Systems Department, Dr. Coskun Bayrak.

Dr. Bayrak has a unique background. He was born in Gumushane, Turkey but was raised in Trabzon, Turkey. Geographically, Trabzon is in the northeastern part of Turkey on the coast of the Black Sea.

Dr. Bayrak finished his high school education in Turkey and completed his degrees at Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, Slippery Rock University, Texas Tech University, and Southern Methodist University. Even though he attended several universities, he kept a common interest in Computer Science, leading to each of his degrees reflecting that interest.

Dr. Bayrak first started teaching at the University of Texas at Dallas. He then progressed to teach at Benedict College in South Carolina, Troy University in Alabama, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and now Youngstown State University.

“After so many years in academia as a research-intensive faculty, coordinator, and chair, it was time to put the knowledge and experience to good use,” said Dr. Bayrak. “I felt like it was time to take advantage of the opportunity at YSU where I could pay back to society.”

As the new Department Chair for CSIS, Dr. Bayrak hopes to make the existing CSIS programs amongst the best in the state. He wants to provide selective educational environments where students can be trained to excel in the real world. He would also like to strengthen undergraduate and masters programs in CSIS and create PhD programs as well.

“I want to develop a competitive, fruitful learning environment and an efficient work environment to CSIS students and faculty in the department,” said Dr. Bayrak. “I would also like to address issues on campus with timely communication and resource management.”

In his short time at YSU, Dr. Bayrak has already made a tremendous impact. He oversees an independent study course and mentors six students within the Choose Ohio First program. He is also working on two grant proposals for NSF and NIH. In addition to these tasks, he keeps a busy schedule with his collaborations with the Honors program, STEM program, and International Affairs Office. He is also adamantly pushing to build relations with local industry, forming an advisory board, and working with area high schools to create stronger relationships with them.

“It has been only 4 months, but I feel like I have been here for 4 years,” said Dr. Bayrak. “I love the atmosphere and the people I work and interact with.”

In his free time, Dr. Bayrak said that he loves to read, write, plant, restore, play soccer, and go fishing. What an awesome man!

Want to meet with Dr. Bayrak? Students may schedule an appointment to meet with him, or stop by every Friday from 12:00pm-1:00pm where they can “Meet the Department Chair” and ask him any questions they may have. He also has an open-door policy, so if students can catch him, Dr. Bayrak encourages that they come to him with any questions or concerns. His office is in Meshel Hall, Room 339A. He is also reachable by email at cbayrak@ysu.edu or by phone via 330-941-3134.