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About Tolga Kaya

Dr. Kaya is Associate Professor and Director of Engineering in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at Sacred Heart University. His responsibilities include teaching undergraduate Engineering and graduate Computer Science courses, and conducting research in his field. Dr. Kaya also oversees the growth of Engineering programs at Sacred Heart University. Before joining to SHU, Dr. Kaya was an Associate Professor at Central Michigan University’s School of Engineering and Technology between 2010-2017. Dr. Kaya worked as a research scientist at Yale University from 2007 to 2010 at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He has worked in industry as a technology consultant (Brightwell Corp.) and a senior analog circuit designer (Microelectronics, Inc.) for several years.

Dr. Kaya has a diverse research background and accomplishments on Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering. His research primarily focuses on wearable devices to monitor physiology of athletes. He is well known in the field of hydration research. Dr. Kaya also focuses on Internet of Things (IoT) devices and 3D printing technologies.

In the past few years, Dr. Kaya also conducted research on education technology and teaching pedagogies. He implements active learning strategies in his classrooms and focuses on student-centered learning. All his courses have significant hands-on components with plenty activities to help students link theory with practice.


September 2017 - Present Associate Professor Computer Engineering, Sacred Heart University School of Computer Science & Engineering


2018 - Present Engineering Program Development
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  • Analog and Digital Circuits Labs
  • Graduate Research Seminar
  • Engineering Explorations


2017 M.A., Central Michigan University ‐ Education Technology
2007 Ph.D., Istanbul Technical University ‐ Electronics Engineering
2002 M.S., Istanbul Technical University ‐ Electronics and Communication Engineering
1999 B.S., Istanbul Technical University ‐ Electronics and Communication Engineering

Contact Information

Computer Science & Engineering 
West Campus West Building WCW*W3A310 


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