Birsen Yazıcı received BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics in 1988 from Bogazici University, Istanbul Turkey and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering both from Purdue University, W. Lafayette IN, in 1990 and 1994, respectively. From September 1994 until 2000, she was a research engineer at General Electric Company Global Research Center, Schenectady NY. During her tenure in industry, she worked on radar, transportation, industrial and medical imaging systems. From 2001 to June 2003, she was an assistant professor at Drexel University, Electrical and Computer Engineering  Department. In Fall 2003, she joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she is currently a full professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering and in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.


Prof. Yazıcı’s research interests span the areas of statistical signal processing, inverse problems in imaging, image reconstruction, biomedical optics, radar and X-ray imaging. She served as an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing from 2008 to 2012, and for SIAM Journal on Imaging Science from 2010-2014. She currently serves as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Geosciences and Remote Sensing. She is the recipient of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2007 and 2013 School of Engineering Research Excellence Award. She holds 11 US patents.