Canan Dağdeviren is a physics engineer known to have become the first Turkish to be elected as a Junior Fellow of Harvard University’s Junior Academy member. Canan Dağdeviren was born in Istanbul on May 4, 1985. She became interested in science, especially physics, thanks to a book about Marie Curie, which her father gave her when she was five years old. After elementary and secondary school, she went to an Anatolian high school in Kocaeli and was sent to Adana Seyhan ÇEAŞ Anatolian High School as a guest student because her school was damaged in the 1999 earthquake. She then received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Engineering from Hacettepe University in 2007. In 2009, he completed a full-scholarship master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Sabancı University.
In the same year, she won a Fulbright scholarship and began her PhD studies in Materials Science and Engineering at UIUC. During those years, she worked on flexible, foldable and wearable electronic devices. She received a PhD degree in 2014. She kept her promise she made when she learned about his 28-year-old grandfather’s death from heart failure (to come up with a solution for the heart diseases until she turns 28), and invented a wearable heart chip (PZT MEH) that detects skin cancer without batteries. Developed by using Piezoelectric tools, the heart chip continuously recharges the chip, converting the energy of the heart into electricity and working without the need for a battery. Thanks to a heart chip she has produced, Dağdeviren entered the “30 under 30” list by Forbes. In addition to diagnosing heart chip and skin cancer, Dağdeviren made an invention called the brain needle. This invention makes life easier for Parkinson’s patients.
Having 12 articles, two patents, and more than 25 national and international awards, Canan Dağdeviren was included in the “Under 35 Inventors” list compiled by MIT Technology Review each year for her important work, and won the Illinois Innovation Award. Now Dağdeviren, as a faculty member, manages her own Conformable Decoders research group at MIT Media Lab and continues her work in her field.
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