Alumna Alev Yaraman shares her story of working in STEM

Alumna Alev Yaraman talks to the British Council about her experience of studying and working in glass technology.

Born in Antakya, Turkey, Alev received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the Middle East Technical University before graduating from the Department, know as Glass Technology then, in 1971 with an MSc in Glass Technology.

Named ‘Glass Person of the Year’ in 1999, when she received the prestigious Phoenix Award, Alev Yaraman is an acknowledged expert in glass science and technology in both her home country of Turkey and internationally. Under her leadership, research and development at the major Turkish glass producer ŞIŞECAM flourished and her 40-year association with the company continues as she is a member of the Board of Directors.

She was President of the International Commission on Glass in 2003–06, and is a Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology. An industry leader, she is active in the American Ceramic Society, the International Commission on Glass and the Steering Committee and Technical Committee on Education and Training in Science and Engineering.

To watch Alev's interview in full, head over to the British Council, Turkey website.

Further information

On 24 July 2014, Alev received an honorary degree from the University, elected by Members of the Honorary Degrees Committee, the Faculty Executive Boards via their Pro-Vice Chancellors and from other members of the University and wider community in recognition of her distinguished career in the field of glass research. Find out more