· Ph.D., Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst, 2014. 

· M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2008. 

· B.S., Physics, Middle East Technical University, 2006. 


Dr. Ercan earned her doctorate degree in February 2014 from Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, under Professor Neal G. Anderson’s supervision. She has an M.S.E.C.E. with concentration in Electrophysics from the same department, a B.S. in Physics and an undergraduate minor degree in Philosophy and History of Science from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. Upon completing her PhD, she worked as a Visiting Faculty at Smith College Picker Engineering Program in Spring and Fall 2014. She pursued her postdoctoral research under supervision of Professor Udo Schwalke, Institute for Semiconductor Technology and Nanoelectronics, and Professor Alfred NordmannInstitute for Philosophy at TU Darmstadt in Spring and Summer 2015. She joined the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department at Boğaziçi University in Fall 2015. 

For full list of Dr. Ercan's publications and previous experience see her Curriculum Vitae HERE. 

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Dr. Ercan's research focuses on fundamental efficiency limitations in emerging nanoelectronic technologies. She developed a methodology that enables calculation of fundamental bounds on energy dissipation for digital nanocomputing paradigms and illustrated its applications to prominent emerging nanocomputing proposals. Currently, she is focusing on expanding the breadth of technology bases that can be studied by using this approach, and developing techniques to assess fundamental energy efficiency limitations of non-conventional post-CMOS technology proposals. 

She is also working on an interdisciplinary research project focusing on rendering the fundamental lower bounds functional by building tools to utilise these calculations in determining the nature of emerging trends in computation. This project complements her engineering research and aims to contribute to techniques for nanotechnology assessment that could enrich the strategic planning of emerging electronic technologies.


İ. Ercan, “Fundamental Energy Limits in Logic Circuits,” ICT-Energy Letters: Proceedings of the ICT-Energy Conference, vol. 12, pp. 3-4, 2016.

İ. Ercan and N. Anderson, “Modular Dissipation Analysis for QCA,” Field-Coupled Nanocomputing, N.G. Anderson and S. Bhanja. Eds. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 8280, pp. 357-375, Heidelberg, 2014.

İ. Ercan and N. Anderson, “Heat Dissipation in Nanocomputing: Lower Bounds from Physical Information Theory,” IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. 1047-1060, 2013.

N. Anderson, İ. Ercan and N. Ganesh, “Toward Nanoprocessor Thermodynamics," IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. 902-909, 2013. [Earlier version published in  Proceedings of the 12th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE NANO, 2012)(First Place Best Oral Conference Paper Award)

İ. Ercan and N. Anderson, “Heat Dissipation in Nanocomputing: Theory and QCA Application,” Proceedings of the 11th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology(IEEE NANO, 2011) , pp.1289-1294, 2011. (Best Paper Award)

İ. Ercan and N. Anderson, “Tight-biding Implementation of the Microcanonical Approach to Transport in Nanoscale Conductors: Generalization and Analysis,” Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 107, no. 12, pp. 124318-13, 2010.

İ. Ercan and N. Anderson, “Current and Information in the Microcanonical Picture of Nanoscale Transport,” Journal of Computational Electronics, vol. 7, no 3. pp. 466-470, 2008.

İ. Ercan and S. Katircioglu, “The Electronic Structure of Capped and Uncapped CdS Nanoparticles,” Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, vol. 8, pp. 645-649, 2008.


İ. Ercan, “Fundamental Energy Limits in Logic Circuits,” ICT-Energy Science Conference, Aalborg, Denmark, August 16, 2016. (Invited)

İ. Ercan, “Making of Measurements on Limits: Examples from Nanoelectronics,” The Making of Measurement Conference, University of Cambridge, UK, July 24, 2015.

İ. Ercan, and N. Anderson, “Modular Dissipation Analysis for QCA,” FCN 13: The Workshop on Field Coupled Nanocomputing, Tampa, FL, February 7, 2013.

İ. Ercan, “A Case Study of Actor-Network Theory: The Structure of Scientic Research on Nanoscale Semiconductor Devices,” ST Global Consortium Science and Technology in Society Conference, Washington, DC, March 31, 2012.

İ. Ercan and N. Anderson, “Heat Dissipation in Nanocomputing: Theory and QCA Application,” IEEE NANO’11: 11th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology, Portland, OR, August 18, 2011. (Best Paper Award)

İ. Ercan, M. Rahman and N. Anderson, "Determining Fundamental Heat Dissipation Bounds for Transistor-Based Nanocomputing Paradigms," NANOARCH'11: IEEE/ACM Symposium on Nanoscale Architectures, San Diego, CA, June 2011.

İ. Ercan and N. Anderson, “Structure Dependence of Nanoconductor Current in a Tight-Binding Microcanonical Model," IEEE 8th International Conference on Nanotechnology, Arlington, TX, August 19, 2008.

İ. Ercan and N. Anderson, “Structure Dependence of Nanoconductor Current in a Microcanonical Transport Model,” 17th Annual Connecticut Symposium on Microelectronics and Optoelectronics, Storrs, CT, April 9, 2008.

Last Updated: December 12, 2016.