Nationality : Türkiye
Born : 1960
Position : Rector of Middle East Technical University, Türkiye
Field of study : Reservoir, Drill, Production
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Dr. Mustafa Verşan Kök was born in 1960. He attended the International School of Prague in the Czech Republic for his primary education. Upon graduation from Ankara Atatürk High School in Türkiye, he was admitted to Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering program at METU, where he received his B.Sc. degree in 1983 and his Ph.D. degree in 1990.
Dr. Kök worked for SHELL Petroleum Company as a well-site operation engineer from 1986 to 1987. He joined CNRS-INSA de LYON (Institute National Des Sciences Appliquees, Laboratoire de Thermochimie Minerale) of France in 1993 and ELF Petroleum Company Research Center in 1994. Dr. Kök worked as a Visiting Professor in the UK, Germany, and Hungary for more than 1.5 years from 1995 to 2000.
Between 2001 and 2006, Dr. Kök served as the Adviser to the President of TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Türkiye). His position at TÜBİTAK included Türkiye’s membership related to the EU’s 6th Framework Programme (FP6), which is listed under the priority of Sustainable Development, Global Change and Ecosystems (SUST) and Joint Research Center (JRC). Dr. Kök worked for CNRS-ICARE of France in Orleans as a Visiting Professor from December 2015 to May 2016.
Dr. Kök worked as the Chair of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Department at METU and was selected as the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering in November 2015. Dr. Mustafa Verşan Kök was appointed the President of Middle East Technical University in July 2016 and continues to serve in this role.
Dr. Kök is the Principal Member of the Turkish Academy of Science (TÜBA).