Murat Ozturan ’89 returned to his
alma mater as the keynote speaker for the closing event of the Research
Experiences for Summer Scholars program, delivering the keynote address August
9 at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.
The event also had a poster session for students in
the program, allowing them to show off their work from the summer.
Ozturan is the Migration Group Program Manager for
Microsoft, for whom he has worked the past 24 years, holding positions that
have taken him across the globe.
Ozturan’s talk was called “Riding Waves to the
Happy End,” and it focused on finding your career path, comparing it to
surfing, where catching the perfect wave is the objective.
“Life is not going to be straight-forward,” he
said. “Everyone is looking for the easy answer, and it’s not there. But there
are waves. You have to catch one and ride it to your success.”
The RESS, now in its fifth year, gives IUP students
the opportunity to work side-by-side with faculty members on topics of their
own choosing. Deanne Snavely, the dean of the College of Natural Sciences and
Mathematics, praised the program for its far-reaching effects.
“For me, the RESS is a dream come true,” she said. “I
know it has a tremendous impact on our students and our faculty. It’s just
fortunate that an opportunity like this is available to students across our