İnan, Umran (Savaş) (b. December 28, 1950, Erzincan), scientist who has served as president of Koç University (KU) since 2009.
İnan graduated from the Middle East Technical University Department of Electrical Engineering in 1972 and was awarded an MSc from there in 1973. In 1977, he received a PhD from Stanford University (SU) Department of Electrical Engineering in geophysics and very low frequency radio science. After working at the same university as a researcher and part-time lecturer, in 1982 he became a full-time member of the academic staff. He became an associate professor in 1985 and professor in 1992. Until his appointment as president of KU in 2009, he was a faculty member at SU, where he carried out research in geophysics, near-space, ionospheric and atmospheric physics, radiation belts, electromagnetic wave-particle interaction, and very low frequency radio science. From 1997 to 2010, Professor İnan was director of the Space, Telecommunications and Radio Science Laboratory (STAR Lab) of the Stanford University.
Professor İnan is vice president of the International Union of Radio Science (IURS) and also a member of numerous scientific bodies, including the American Geophysical Union, Electromagnetics Academy, Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) and the Science Academy. Among the awards he has received are: the Tau Beta Pi Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from Stanford University, 1998; NASA Group Achievement Award in 1983, 1998 and 2004; Allan Cox Medal for Faculty Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research, from Stanford University, 2007; Appleton Prize from the IURS and Royal Society of London, 2008 and the Special Award from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK). In 1993, he received the US Antarctic Service Medal, and an Antarctic peak was named “İnan Peak” in recognition of his work in the area.
The following books were written by Professor İnan: Engineering Electromagnetics (with Aziz İnan;1998), Electromagnetic Waves (with Aziz İnan; 1999), Principles of Plasma Physics for Scientists and Engineers (with Marek Gołkowski; 2011), Numerical Electromagnetics (with Robert A. Marshall; 2011). Over 300 of his articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals.