My CV


He participated intensive German language courses and workplace training courses in Germany between 1972 and 1973. In 1976, he trained an internship in the German Railways for 3 months with the IAESTE scholarship in Germany. During his undergraduate education at Fırat University, where he was enrolled in 1973, he coded programs using FORTRAN programming language. He graduated from Fırat University as the top students of the department in 1977 and started his master's degree at Istanbul Technical University (ITU), at Nuclear Energy Institute in the same year. He completed his master's thesis on computer simulation (using FORTRAN programming language). He received the degree of MSc in 1979. He started his career as an engineer at the ITU Research Reactor in 1978, continued as a "Research Assistant" at Fırat University in 1979 and started his doctorate education at Karadeniz Technical University (KTÜ), Institute of Sciences in the same year.

Between 1981 and 1982, he completed the experimental parts (computer simulation) of his doctoral studies in Germany (as DAAD scholar). He brought a SINCLAIR ZX-81 microcomputer in 1982 when he came back to Turkey and gave first BASIC programming courses at Firat University. He received the title of "Doctor of Philosophy” from KTÜ in 1983. In 1990, he participated in academic studies on Computer Systems in the United States (Indiana and Purdue Universities) for 9 months within the scope of YÖK / World Bank Project. In 1991, he received the title of "Associate Professor" in Energy Education.

In 1991, he established the first local university television at Fırat University and in those years he gave distance education courses in the field of computer programming and database management systems via this television broadcasting system.

 

In 1992, for 4 months, he did academic studies in the fields of computer-aided education and design at Salford and Bradford universities in England. In 1995, he was invited to Oklahoma State University in the USA to work on Vocational and Technical Education and Informatics.

 

In 1997, he received the title of "Professor" at the Department of Computer Systems Education. Thanks to the German scholarship (DAAD) he participated in a project in the field of Robotics at Bremen University for 2 months in 1998.

 

Between 1999 and 2002 as a member of the National Informatics Committee he led distance education studies of various universites in Turkey. Between 2000 and 2009, he served as a commission member of the Vocational and Technical Education of Interuniversity Board. 

 

He served as the founding dean of Fırat University Faculty of Communication between 2000 and 2004.

 

Between 2003 and 2005, he conducted scientific studies and gave different lectures at West Virgina University in the USA.

 

He was appointed as the Vice Rector of Siirt University between 2007 and 2008 to carry out the founding activities. In the same years, he worked as the Dean of the Education Faculty of Siirt University.

 

Between 1998 and 2001, he worked as the Coordinator of Firat University on the Eastern Anatolia Project (EAP). He completed the “Provincial Development Plans Projects” of Elazığ, Bingöl, Muş, Tunceli, Bitlis and Siirt provinces with a team he established between 2001 and 2004.

 

Between 1995 and 1998, he worked as the coordinator of “Teacher Training Projects in the field of Information Technologies” with YÖK and the Ministry of National Education.

 

In 2011, he conducted research at Wilkes University in the USA for 3 months. 

 

He worked as the Revolving Fund Operations Manager at Fırat University between 2008 and 2012. In 2011, he was appointed second time as a full time Professor to the Department of Software Engineering, College of Technology at Fırat University.

 

In 2013, he taught Introduction to Digital Forensics and Information Assurance course at Sam Houston State University in the USA at the undergraduate level, and gave various online lectures to the same university between 2018 and 2019.

 

He established Software Engineering International Joint Undergraduate Program (UOLP) at the College of Technology, at Firat University. The students can gain two separate diplomas from both Fırat and Sam Houston State Universities who successfully complete the program. This program is most preferred in dual diploma programs in Turkey and the whole quota of this program has been fully filled since 2018. 

 

He established the first and still the only ones of the Department of the Digital Forensics Engineering, College of Technology at Firat University.

 

Between 2015 and 2017, he completed his second master's degree in Public Administration at Sam Houston State University in the United States and was awarded a scholarship by the University during his education due to his outstanding success.

He has served as the External Evaluator of the Higher Education Quality Board (YOKAK) at Abant İzzet Baysal University in 2017, Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University in 2018, Ardahan University in 2019 and Ondokuz Mayıs University in 2020 in terms of accreditation of quality assurance. 

 

In 2017, he founded the Software and Cyber Security Association (www.softcybersec.org).

 

Since 2000, he has been a Permanent Member of the Council of Deans of Communication Faculties (www.ildek.org).

 

Since 2013, he has organized the International Symposium on Digital Forensic and Security (www.isdfs.org) every year, which is supported by IEEE. 

 

He has more than 300 articles, papers and books published nationally and internationally. Between 1997 and 2000, he worked as a columnist in BT / Haber newspaper. Since 2000, he has been a columnist in Gunisigi Newspaper (https://www.gunisigigazetesi.net/profil/11/prof-dr-asaf-varol).

 

He taught different courses in the field of Computer Engineering in English at Fırat University, West Virgina University, Wilkes University and Sam Houston State University in various years. 

 

In 2020, he was appointed third time as a full time professor to the Department of Computer Engineering (English Program), College of Engineering and Natural Sciences at Maltepe University in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

He is married and has two children. He speaks English and German at an advanced level.