Murat Ozturan ’89 Returns to IUP as Keynote for RESS to Inspire Students to Take the Next Step

Posted on 8/10/2018 3:45:45 PM

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.

Murat Ozturan is Microsoft's Azure Data Group Program Manager giving keynote address at RESSOzturan 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 university.”RESS students listen to Murat Ozturan in the PNC Room at the KCAC for the RESS keynote